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!
Today the two First Classes had a visit from Tiernan McCusker. Tiernan came to tell us all about cycling and walking to school. We learned about safety on the road and cycling for exercise. We also learned that walking is very good for us and a great way to get to school!
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!
We had a great day at the Galway City Sports on Wednesday May 28th. Congratulations to everyone who took part from 1st to 6th class. We are all very proud of you at Bushypark N.S. Well done to those of you that won medals, ye did great!! Special thanks goes to Mrs. Regan who organised the event this year. We are looking forward to next year already.
4th class co-operative games - in Tank Tracker we had to get from one side of the hall to the other without touching the floor - Teamwork!
Some boys from Bushypark NS made a trip to Croke Park with St Michael's GAA Club on the 15th April for a football blitz. The team played 6 matches of which they won 5 and lost 1 by a point. The majority of the team were from Bushypark school and they all played fantastic football.
Well done to everyone who took part - it is a great achievement to play in Croke Park - we are very proud of you all.
As part of our active schools initiative we have been getting up and moving throughout the school every Tuesday morning. It's a great way to start our day and make sure our minds and bodies are wide awake! Keep active everyone!
We are very proud to have had five of our pupils represent Bushypark NS in the All Ireland Chess finals in Limerick recently. The team members were John Fearnhead, Tom Kelly, Iannis Praxmarer, George Fearnhead and the sub was Oliver Kelly. The team did really well and came joint 5th! Well done guys!!
As part of our Active School Week, we were delighted to have a visit today from three great hurlers! Eamon Brannigan, Daragh Sweeney and Andrew Dunne are part of the Rahoon Hurling Club and past pupils of Bushypark NS, who recently won the Under 21 County Championship. They brought their cup to the school and proudly showed it to some of our classes!