The Active School Flag process is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland which aims to get schools more active throughout the school day and within the local community. We are aiming to achieve our third Active Flag this year.
Physical Education Physical Education provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. In Scoil Mhuire Murroe we aim to focus on this area for development
- To provide active learning experiences to the children
- To benefit teaching and learning in our school
- To conform to principles outlined in the primary curriculum All pupils are provided with 60 minutes timetabled PE per week. We plan our PE lessons in line with the strands/strand units/content objectives for our class level: The strands across the P.E. Curriculum for all classes are: Athletics Dance Gymnastics Games Outdoor and Adventure activities Aquatics
All children have access to the six strands each year – Children from third to sixth have four swimming lessons in the first term each year in The Arena, University of Limerick. The instructors follow the PAWS programme and the children are awarded certificates on completion of their lessons. All classes have lessons on the Understanding and Appreciation of Aquatics- resources on the Irish Water Safety website are used to implement these lessons.
Physical Activity Our playground area consists of the basketball court and a tarmacadam and concrete area on the lower yard which are suitable for lunchtime play and PE classes throughout the year. We have grass areas to the front and the back of the school which are available to the children when the weather is dry. We have a running track which is in use throughout the year. Our GP Room is suitable for PE activities in wet weather. An enclosed courtyard area is suitable for gymnastics and small games. Children play a variety of games during breaks including basketball, soccer, skipping and walking or running around the track. We have a very good supply of PE equipment which is stored in the GP Room and is clearly labelled. It is easily accessible and any broken or damaged items are replaced regularly.
Partnerships Our Active School Committee comprises two pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. They are involved in planning and implementing school initiatives which promote activity and enjoyment for all children. They carried out a survey to find out the clubs the children in the whole school belonged to. The results of the survey were outlined at school assembly and were taken into consideration when we were planning our Active School Week. We promote the local clubs and we celebrate the successes of the pupils at assemblies and on the Wall of Fame. We have a very supportive Parents’ Association who are always available to help with activities and fundraising. Fundamental Movement and Skills Programme – this programme is delivered by a local GAA coach and also the class teacher generally in the third term each year. Staff have completed an on-line course in the programme run by Setanta College and which was sponsored by the Murroe-Boher GAA club.
Active School Week Our school has enjoyed an Active School Week every year since we began the Active School Flag process. We have taster sessions to introduce new sports e.g. cricket and frisbee and visiting coaches from local sports clubs as well as the fun activities such as egg and spoon races and sack races. We have access to great local facilities e.g. the playground, the GAA grounds, the astro-turf and this year we went to the Pitch and Putt course for the first time.
May 7th – Our Active School Week got off to a great start today with skipping lessons and rugby coaching sessions! Three 4th and 5th class groups enjoyed rugby coaching with Fiona Steed, former Ireland rugby international who was ably assisted by John Hayes, retired Irish rugby legend! Each session finished with a very competitive game of Tag Rugby.
The pupils from each class had a skipping workshop with Mark McCabe , SkipnRope. By the end of the day all of the children had learned new skipping skills. A group of skippers showcased their skills at a very entertaining whole school skipping demonstration on the yard!
May 8th – Today was all about the music and dance! The children had great fun as they practised their gymnastics and free-style dance moves with Nicole Sweeney!
May 9th – Soccer coaching – We had a visit from Barry McGann and Leon Casey Limerick FAI Football Development Officers and Gordon Ross, (Ben’s Dad) Murroe AFC and Limerick County District Underage Coach. The children from Junior Infants to Third Class worked on their soccer skills with Barry, Leon and Gordon in the morning! Later the coaches put 4th, 5th and 6th through their paces and they played some great soccer in the fantastic AstroTurf facilities in the village.
GAA Coaching John Penny, Murroe/Boher GAA coach spends every Thursday in the school working on Fundamental Movement Skills and ball-handling skills with each class. Hurling and skipping were among the activities enjoyed by all today!
May 10th – Pitch and Putt – Sixth class are the first group from our school to play on Glenside Pitch and Putt Course. The boys and girls really enjoyed their introduction to Pitch and Putt with PPUI coach Patrick Earls from Parteen Pitch and Putt Club. Back at school 4th and 5th played basketball and had a soccer blitz!
Maths Trail and Playground Visit – Senior Infants set off on their walk down the village for their Maths Trail and afterwards had lots of exercise in the playground!
The Active School Committee presented the results of their survey to the whole school at Assembly.
Partnerships Survey – What Club are you in?
The members of the Active School Committee have put together the information received from parents and children. They presented the results to the school at Assembly.
The results show that the children are very active after school and at the weekends.
After school and weekend activities include :
Running walking swimming flicker hurling football Playing outside trampoline cycling roller-skating scooter soccer choir music hiking with the family tag basketball
walking my dog skateboarding Going to matches Dodge ball Boxing bag jogging
horse riding Run around the track Playing in the park rounders American Football music Bouncy castle
Most popular clubs – Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First Class and Second Class
8. Cubs and Scouts
Most popular clubs – 3rd Class, 4th Class, 5th Class and 6th Class
4. Cubs and Scouts
7. Dancing and Taekwondo
The children attend a wide variety of clubs –
Murroe/Boher Bord na nÓg GAA Murroe/Boher Camogie Club
Murroe/Boher Gaelic for Girls Will Power – Taekwondo Academy
Murroe AFC Irish Dancing – Murroe Nicole Sweeney School of Dance
Murroe/Boher Cubs and Scouts Frontline Stage School Newport RFC
Aisling Annacotty AFC Garryowen Rugby Club Limerick FC
Leaps and Jumps Gymnastics GemStars Acting and Drama Caherconlish
Nenagh Equestrian Centre Ceoltas Cappamore GAA U.L. Running Club
U.L. Arena – Swimming Grove Island Swimming Club
Ballykisteen Leisure Club Limerick County and District Gaynor Cup Squad
Limerick Generation Music – Drums Shannon R.F.C. Galvone AFC
Limerick County and District Soccer League Murroe Community Games – Draughts
The Dance Academy Southside Boxing Club Newport Athletic club Limerick Athletic Club Air Time Gymnastics Club Boskell Horse Riding Club
Each class had the opportunity to develop their running skills during March and April under the guidance of the Limerick Sports Partnership running coaches. They had great fun running in the green for St. Patrick’s Day!
Many thanks for €433.30 donated to Trócaire. Happy Easter to all.
Each class did three activities over 30 minutes and made a donation to Trócaire.
First, Second and Third had great fun on their Easter Egg Hunts with the help of our playground leaders from Fourth, Fifth and Sixth. They all finished up with an egg and spoon race!
The Food Dudes Programme which is run by Bord Bia provided the children with tastings of fruit and vegetables over 16 days in the first term and a further 5 days in April. They all enjoyed trying out peppers, cucumber, carrots, mangetout, baby corn, apples, strawberries and blueberries!
Well done to our team of Laura Flynn, Luke Hartnett and Sarah Nicholas on reaching the final 16 teams in this competition held in Analog Devices European Research & Development Centre last Saturday. Points were awarded for their teamwork, their robot design and innovation and how well their robot competed in the challenge. Although this was a competition, our three team members enjoyed their day.
The pupils of Fifth Class enjoyed a robotics workshop today where they were given the opportunity to work together as engineers, researchers, analysts and designers. The boys and girls took measurements, analysed data, made predictions, solved problems and designed solutions as they worked in teams to build and test their projects. The children who will go forward to the final of the competition on Saturday March 2nd are: Laura Flynn, Luke Hartnett and Sarah Nicholas. The runners up were: Darragh Cummins, Eve-Ann Shanahan and Kyle Gow.