The children from 3rd class had a brilliant day of activities at the Let’s Go camp in Limerick on Friday!
Peter Nash, (G.D.A.), presents the trophy to the captain of the Murroe School camogie team.
Well done to our Camogie Team who won the final of the Allianz East Limerick Cumann na mBunscol 7 a-side camogie competition at the Gaelic Grounds!
Congratulations to Laura who played in the Primary Game on Sunday at the Limerick and Clare match!
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!