We got very lucky with the weather today for our Active School Day. The two 6th classes joined together for some great fun activities on the pitch. Thanks to Mr.Healy and his class for the great set up!
Huge congratulations to Ms.Lane’s 6th class who completed their first ever marathon on Friday. After 8 weeks of following the Marathon Kids Ireland programme and learning all about the benefits of physical exercise, they were thrilled to complete it. They received some lovely snoods, t-shirts and a medal for their achievement. Well done to all involved, we are very proud of you!!
We would like to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to Patrick & Keith from Pedal Monsters who have been teaching us all about safe cycling for the past few weeks. We learned so much from them, such as how to check our bikes and helmets are safe, road positioning for left and right hand turns and how to cycle around a roundabout. We now feel more confident in how to cycle safely on the road.
This week Ms.Lane's 6th class started a programme called Marathon Kids Ireland 2021. This is an 8-week programme, where the class will perform four running sessions each week inching them closer to completing their first marathon, as well as learning about the benefits of physical activity. We are looking forward to running our first ever marathon! Here are some pictures from our first week.
We took advantage of the lovely weather yesterday and went for a nature walk in Dangan. It was great to see the river, the castle and trees in the sunshine.
We made delicious soup in school today. With the help of some parents we picked vegetables from the garden that we had sown last year. We added them to the vegetables we brought in from home to make our soup. We really enjoyed making it and it was really tasty.
We are very lucky to have gotten the chance to make soup in class this morning. We brought in some vegetables and equipment from home. We went outside and picked the vegetables we grew in the school garden last year. We then washed and peeled all the vegetables and got help to chop them up. Three lovely parents came in to help us make the soup. It was really delicious!! We even had brown bread and croutons, yum!
Yesterday we made vegetable soup. We went outside to our garden plot to pick the vegetables we had sown last year. We picked carrots, potatoes, peas and herbs and we brought in extra vegetables from home. After washing the vegetables we peeled and chopped them. We had the help from some lovely parents who cooked the soup for us. We would like to thank them for helping us. The soup was very delicious and we really enjoyed making it.
Today we had our Sports Day for our Health and Wellness Week. We took part in a sack race, obstacle race, three-legged race and an egg and spoon race. It was great fun and a great way to be active!
Yesterday we got the chance to become chefs and make soup from scratch. We went out into the school garden to pick some fresh vegetables and we also brought some in from home. To make our soup we used potatoes, carrots, parsnips, leeks, celery and onions. We washed all the vegetables, peeled them and cut them and placed them all into one big pot. The vegetables were then boiled and when soft, blended together. We added a stock cube, cream, salt, pepper and curry powder at the end. Kate's dad also sent in some delicious brown bread for us to have with our soup. We really enjoyed making the soup and it was so delicious. We would like to say a big thank you to Kathleen, Gail and Dolores for all their help!
We got fantastic weather for our Sports Day today. We took part in an obstacle course, potato and spoon race, balancing a beanbag on our head race, wheelbarrow races, three-legged races, sprints and sack races. It was great fun! Thanks to the Active School Committee for organising such a great event!
We didn't let the rain stop us from running our A.S.A.P today. The hall was set up into various stations which included dribbling, balancing, hurdles, throwing beanbags and hula-hoop games. The children learned new skills and developed ones they have already been working on. Most importantly everyone had a lot of fun! Thanks again to everyone who helped out.
Today our school took part in the Operation Transformation initiative '10 at 10'. It involved everyone doing 10 minutes of exercise at 10 o'clock on February 10th. We also had our no uniform day today so we looked extra good doing our exercises. It was great fun!
We started a new after school programme in our school today with 1st and 2nd classes called Be Active A.S.A.P. We set up 10 stations on our astro turf pitch and had great help from parents at each station. This week the children did athletic activities which included various forms of running, jumping, throwing and skipping. The children had great fun and we are looking forward to next week already! We'd like to say a big thank you to Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Kilgannon & Ms. Lane for organising and also a big thank you to all the parents who helped out.
Our School has become the latest school in the country to be presented with the Healthy Ireland - Health Promoting Schools' Flag!
The Health Promoting Schools’ (HPS) Flag’ is presented by the HSE to schools as an acknowledgement of their work in improving the health of their school communities. The Health Promoting Schools programme supports schools to focus on Health and Wellbeing and involves all members of the school community. Students, staff, parents and guardians are consulted to identify priority health areas and develop an action plan to address these areas. Our Health Promoting Schools coordinator (Mr Kilgannon) and team lead out on the progression of Health and Wellbeing, and this work is supported by the school principal, Board of Management and wider school community.
In St James’ N.S., we took a holistic approach to the Health of our school. We focused on simple areas like; good manners, friendship, anti bullying and gratitude. We implemented a new yard programme which offers children the opportunity to pick from; hurling, soccer, Gaelic football, athletics, gymnastics, skipping and hula-hooping, juggling and circus tricks and four square. Each of these activities have their own stations which are supervised by the Junior Coaches from 5th and 6th classes. We also put renewed focus on promoting healthy eating among our students. We believe Health and Wellbeing is the most important part of childhood and strive to make it the most important part of school life. We are delighted to receive the Health Promoting Schools’ (HPS) Flag but understand that this is not the end of the process of promoting health and wellbeing. "Health and wellbeing is what we do every day and St James’ National School, Bushypark is committed to seeking continuous improvement for the school and its pupils in this area".
Well done to all involved - it is a great achievement and we are very proud of all the work that has been done!