Our school participates in Active Lines every day after big lunch. The Active School Committee members stand at the top of their line to lead the activities. Every Friday the committee members meet and pick new activities e.g. burpees, run on the spot, jumping jacks.
They announce these activities on a Monday and they are displayed on our Active School Board in the hall.
Every class has a representative on the Active Schools Committee. Their photographs are on display in the P.E. hall. They work very hard throughout the year and participate in a range of duties in the school.
These duties include attending Active School meetings, helping set up and tidy away sports equipment, leading the Active lines, making Active School announcements and promoting active school news in the classroom.
The Special Educational Team Teachers (SETS) have introduced a Programme called 'Smart Moves' with support and guidance from Occupational Therapist Ronan Flynn, as part of the Demonstration Project Initiative that is taking place in the school this year. The Smart Moves Programme is a Motor Skills Development Programme which can be used with children from Junior Infants to sixth class. The programme supports children's Physical Skills Development.
The programme enables teachers to explicitly teach Physical skill in line with the curriculum, thus enabling all children to fully engage in whole class PE lessons. Moreover, the Programme really helps to give children who experience motor difficulty the confidence needed to participate in whole class PE lessons, which in turn boost self-esteem and fosters positive attitudes to Physical Activity.
Our school is participating in the Daily Mile inistiative. The aim is to get children jogging/running a mile each day. This is done at the child's own pace. We have measure out a number of routes in our school yard and all-weather pitch. Schools all around Ireland and the U.K. have reported an improvemment in general fitness, concentration and well-being. The Daily Mile is a social activity with a non-competitive atmosphere. The Daily Mile has been a great success so far!
Many thanks to running legends Frank Greally and Gary O'Hanlon who came to our school in February to launch it.
After launcing the daily mile we set the Run Around Europe Challenge. One teacher at each class level was given a tally sheet and the other teachers fed their information back to them on a daily basis. They were collected every Friday and recorded on the Run around Europe noticeboard in the PE hall.
Every student was encouraged to contribute one mile/half mile each time they went out. Some of the younger classes ran in pairs. It was announced at an assembly that every class had reached their destination and the children were given a night off homework as a reward for their achievement.
Destinations & Distances:
J. Infants - London 301 Miles
S. Infants - Paris 497 Miles
1st Class - Copenhagen 781 Miles
2nd Class - Oslo 794 Miles
3rd Class - Barcelona 923 Miles
4th Class - Lisbon 1021 Miles
5th Class - Rome 1185 Miles
6th Class - Helsinki 1267 Miles
We have a terrific sporting tradition in our school. Click on the links below to read about our all our wonderful sports teams down through the years.
Every day during lunch break the children take part in yard games. The children in each class are organised into teams by their class teacher. The children participate in a different yard game each day. The yard games are run on a rota system. They consist of a combination of mini-size games, individual activities/exercises and fun games. They incorporate a combination of team games, skill-based games and anaerobic activities.
Our yard is divided into zones for different class levels. Yard Games link in with the various strands of the Physical Education Curriculum.
As well as participating in yardgames, all the children are encouraged to keep moving and to 'Do Your Talking as You're Walking!'
This year, as part of Active Schools the sixth class boys are acting as 'Playground Leaders'. This involves teaching games to the younger classes during lunch time.
Rainy days don't stop us being active at Maynooth Boys National School. On wet days we give some extra time and choose from the variety of active breaks already ongoing in the classrooms. Activities include exercises, stretches and GoNoodle movement and mindfulness breaks.
Movement and exercise are incorporated into all areas of the curriculum. Bringing learning into the outdoors has tremendous benefits for health and well-being.
Activities include egg hunts, historical walking tours, maths trails, mini-beast hunts etc.