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.
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.
Today for P.E we practised some gymnastics skills. We explored different ways of travelling across the bench using our hands and feet. We practised different ways of getting off the bench, such as jumping and landing on two feet and forward tumbles and we also practised some pencil rolls on the mats. It was a great way to exercise!
We held our County Sports Trials in Dangan last Friday. Everyone ran so well on the day. We wish all those who got through the very best of luck on May 24th.
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!
On Tuesday afternoon we had a whole school skipping show in the hall with Lee. Some of us got to demonstrate the new skipping skills that we learned. We have all made wonderful progress since Lee has started coming to the school. Thanks Lee!!
Bushypark NS was one of only six schools selected to participate in a pilot Contact Rugby Programme for Primary Schools. As part of this programme, our school received 6 training session on the basics of Contact Rugby which were provided by the excellent Conor Galvin of Connacht Rugby. Last Thursday the six schools had an opportunity to display all they learned with a blitz that was held in Tuam RFC. We fielded three teams from our school on what was a glorious day. Well done to all involved!