Pitch & Putt Lessons at St. Patrick’s Golf Club
Bike Week at Enniscorthy Cycle Track
18th May 2023
Rugby Coaching September 20233 & Rugby Blitz October 2022
At the end of Assembly each Friday the school acknowledges physical activity and sport achievements, during and outside school hours. Photos and details are then displayed on our ‘Well Done!” wall.
Pitch and Putt Lessons at St. Patrick’s Pitch & Putt Club.
GAA skills with Barry Lacey 2021/22
Rugby Coaching September & October 2021
Local Sports Partnerships
Contact was made with Sports Active Wexford who organised the provision of dance mats, scooch, and cornhole games. This equipment was used by each class in the school.
HSE Health Promotion Officer
Queries were made about about any school’s physical activity programmes, teacher training, resource materials and local support available to our school. With Covid restrictions we are awaiting further information.
Sports Inclusion Disability Officer
Bookings can be made to avail of the inclusive P.E. equipment, Y Ball, Orienteering maps and table cricket. “Go for Life” games were used throughout the school.
Winner of Our Slogan Competition
ASF Pupil Questionnaire
Clubs & Achievements Survey
We did a survey to show what clubs the pupils in St Mary’s NS take part in. Our most popular club was hockey, followed by rugby. We asked the pupils what clubs they belonged to and what they enjoyed about them most. We also asked about sporting certificates and achievements, but very few pupils received any since Covid began.
In St Mary’s we have a great interest in sport and everyone was eager to take part in our survey. Here’s a bar chart to show the clubs pupils are in.
Pupils from 3rd – 6th class completed an Active School survey. From their responses we learned that all pupils enjoy PE, even though 20% only enjoy it ‘Sometimes’.
This chart shows pupils’ favourite activities in PE.
2/3 of pupils enjoy having PE for Homework, while 1/6 don’t like it or only like it sometimes.
When asked about Active Week, pupils mentioned these as their favourite activities:
hockey, tag rugby, sports coaches coming in, tug of war, Dance Mats, Sports Day & doing different activities.
Some suggestions to improve active week included
– doing more activities and less work in class
– using new equipment
– having longer breaks
– more gymnastics, dance, hockey, GAA & hurling
We used these surveys to help us learn more about what pupils think about our active program and we used these suggestions when planning activities.
ASF Parent Questionnaire
The parents of St Mary’s NS took part in a survey for active schools.
Here are the findings:
All parents agreed that their children enjoyed P.E and being active in school.
However at home, some people thought their children didn’t enjoy exercise as much at home.
Next everyone was asked about Active Homework. A little more than 50% agreed with this suggestion, so we introduced this at various times during the year.
A few more questions were asked including: have you visited the active schools section on our website? Most parents (53%) didn’t visit the website.
Overall we know that most parents think that their children enjoy being active and look forward to Active Schools Week!
October 2020 & April- June 2021
Diocesan Soccer Blitz 7th June 2019
Well done to all our pupils, who played really well at the Diocesan Soccer Blitz on Friday.
Big congratulations to the Junior B Team, who took home the plaque on the day!
Tennis April 2019
Tennis lessons started on Tuesday for all classes at Hillbrook Lawn Tennis Club. The children are learning great skills. These lessons will continue each Tuesday until 21st May.
Cricket April 2019
Cricket coaches Herbie and Peter have begun some training with all classes at St. Mary’s NS. We’re having lots of fun so far!
January/ February 2019
A rugby coach visited our school every week to practise tag rugby skills.
G.A.A. coaches visited our school every week to practise football skills.
We would like to acknowledge the support we have received from Mary and Fran (Local Sports Partnership, Wexford County Council). They have visited our school, given us advice and provided us with equipment for various activities in support of our Active School Initiative.
Dance mats were borrowed for over two weeks.
The HSE Health Promotion Office has also been contacted to let them know that we are working towards the Active School Flag.
ASF Notice Board
Our Active School Flag Notice Board is on display in the hall where the children assemble each morning.
Children were given opportunities to give suggestions for the Active School Slogan, playground and walkway activities.
At the end of assembly each Friday the school acknowledges physical activity and sports achievements achieved during and outside school hours. Photos and details are then put on our ‘Well Done’ wall.
Senior pupils conducted a ‘What Club Are You In?’ survey to find out about physical activity opportunities available in the local community. The school children are involved in up to 21 different sports.
Physical Activity Providers from our Local Community
The Junior half of the school participated in ‘Tricks 4 Sticks’ for a number of weeks. This is an initiative organised by Hockey Ireland and many thanks to Donal Doyle who coached the children alongside the teachers.
Ray Harris (GAA) has been providing coaching alongside the teachers in Gaelic Football and Hurling enhancing the skills recommended in the Games Strand.
Gymnastic Coaches in collaboration with the teachers are teaching the required objectives for the Gymnastic Strand for each class grouping using the equipment that they are providing.
Our children with special needs are encouraged and given every opportunity to participate in P.E. and all physical activities. For example a personal swimming teacher is provided for the Aquatics Strand. SNAs are very supportive to ensure that full participation happens during lessons.
Many thanks to the Irish Wheelchair Association who visited our school.
Our GAA Coach recently introduced the ‘Fun and Run’ kit to two teachers and their classes. This pack is ideal for inclusiveness of SEN pupils.