Tuesday 17 September 2019

Healthy fun


A body and a healthy planet were at the top of the agenda at Scoil Mhuire last week. 'Active Week' saw the students participate in a variety of activities all targeted boosting participation in sports and healthy activities.

The week's hectic itinerary was kick started last week with a themed fun run. Students were tasked with creating their own imaginative costumes, inspired by the theme of 'Biodiversity', which linked the notion of a healthy body with a healthy environment.

Teachers at the school admitted that they were simply blown away by the level of enthusiasm with which the students met the challenge.

The school's playground was awash with colourful ensembles as the student body sported their wonderful homemade costumes.

Mary Culleton, Home School Community Liaison Teacher at the school, commended the children.

' The costumes were fantastic, lots of green trees and flowers', she said.

She continued: ' The parents showed great support to the initiative also and helped out with making the costumes at home.'

All kitted out in their ecological gear the troop set out on their fun run through the adjoining housing estates.

In the build up to the event the students sought sponsorship from family and friends.

Of course the fun run was simply the first in a long list of activities that were scheduled to take place at the school for 'Active Week'.

'Open Clubs Day' was also a huge hit with the children.

On this day a large number of clubs and organisations from the local area were invited to come to the school and set up stalls to display to the children what kind of activities they can get involved in.

Among the clubs who participated in this event were local GAA, swimming, martial arts and boxing clubs.

It is hoped that this event will encourage students to get involved in more sports and activities in the local community now that they are aware of the full degree of activities out there for them.

Furthermore, the teachers at the school led their classes in a series of exercises before they commenced class each morning in a bid to highlight the importance of exercise in everyday life outside of official club involvement.

The week long programme of activity at the school was due to be brought to a close on Friday with a bumper sport's day. However, due to the bad weather this was postponed until Monday, but of course the students agreed it was certainly worth the wait!

Students competed in a variety of different games and races and made sure that 'Active Week' ended on a high note.

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