Here at St. Beacon’s National School, we are very proud to say that we have an Active School Flag. This flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
We are very lucky to have a super active committee!
They are as follows:
Leah Davis and Patrick Aylward
Liam Cameron and Saoirse Corcoran
Niamh Reddy and Aaron Aylward
Katie Mai Doyle and Ben Jenner
Kate Byrne and Conor Power
Séan O’ Brien and Doireann Knox
The Active Schools Committee help to run lots of events throughout the year.
Here are some of the initiatives undertaken by the pupils of St. Beacon’s N.S. in the 2016/2017 school year J
The Monster Dash
(Written by Katie Mai Doyle)
“Junior to Sixth Class did the Monster Dash. It took place on the school grounds on the Friday before the Halloween Break. We all dressed up in our costumes and ran two laps each. It was very fun!!”
Playground Games Partnerships
Last November, it was decided to the pair up some of the older and younger classes for weekly playground games. 6th Class are paired with Junior Infants, 5th with Seniors and 4th Class with 1st Class. 3 pupils from each of the older classes go to the Junior Yard for the duration of the small break each Wednesday. Here they oversee and play a playground game with the younger children. All children thoroughly enjoy this and look forward to seeing their new friends each Wednesday J
On rainy days, it’s not nice to have to sit in a seat all day long so, at St. Beacon’s, we make sure to have ‘Busy Breaks’. 6th Class helpfully encourage the pupils to get up and active with lots of exercise and movement. Also, teachers often put on guided dance videos from websites such as ‘GoNoodle’ so as to give the pupils a fun and energetic break from all that learning!!
(Written by Saoirse Corcoran)
“The Santa Dash was when we dressed up as something to do with Christmas. It was on the last day of school before the Christmas holidays. One by one, the classes went out and we ran from the end of one basketball court to the end of the other basketball court”.
The Operation Transformation ’10 at 10’
On February 10th, schools all across Ireland came together to participate in the Operation Transformation ’10 at 10’ initiative. So at 10am for 10 minutes, we all downed tools, pushed in our chairs and exercised in our classrooms to a guided video created by the producers of the popular RTE show. It was great fun and everyone really enjoyed it!
Physical Education within St. Beacon’s National School
Here at St. Beacon’s N.S. we recognise the importance of 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 (Primary School Curriculum, page 2). The curriculum is divided into six strands; Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure Activities and Aquatics. Each pupil receives instruction in each of these strands throughout their time in St. Beacon’s. Here are some areas that are being focused on this year:
- Gymnastics: Juniors, Seniors and First Class attended gymnastics classes each Tuesday from October to December 2016.
- Dance: 2nd Class to 6th Class have been enjoying their weekly hip hop classes in January and February 2017.
- Aquatics: Pupils from 2nd to 5th have been going to Carrick on Suir and New Ross for swimming lessons each week.
Our Active Schools Committee is constantly coming up with new ideas and events for the whole school to enjoy. Some activities planned for the coming months include:
- Drop Everything And Dance
- E. Homework for all Classes
- Easter Treasure Hunt
- Active School’s Week