The students of Connolly National School took advantage of the fine weather during the past week to participate in Active School Week 2014.
The two-teacher school, which has 46 students enrolled, is seeking to secure its first ever Active School Flag.
Open to primary and post primary schools, special schools and youthreach centres to apply, the Active School Flag (ASF) scheme recognises schools that strive to achieve a physical educated and physically active school community.
The Department of Education and Skills initiative awards schools that teach a broad and balanced PE curriculum, inform and invite the whole school community to participate in the ASF process, and organise an ‘Active School Week’ as part of the annual school calendar.
The week of physical Education, physical activity and sport at Connolly N.S. kicked off with Tai- Chi, followed by bowling and creative dance, as well as a visit to the playground and astro-turf pitch in Kilmaley. Well-known Kilmaley hurling figure, PJ Kennedy provided camogie and hurling lessons, while students also experienced their first taste of archery and Thump Tae Bo. The week concluded on Friday with Hip-Hop lessons for the Junior classes, while the seniors walked to the summit of west Clare’s highest peak, Mount Callan.
School Principal, Michael Queally said: “The week involved a different new form of physical activity each day which the students thoroughly enjoyed, particularly during the fine weather. I would like to thanks all the staff, parents and children for making it an Active School Week to remember. A special word of thanks also to our fourth class students who were in charge of equipment during the week.”
Connolly N.S., located on the main Ennis to Miltown Malbay road, was first opened in 1905. The two-teacher school currently has 46 students enrolled and is complemented by an on-site pre-school, which operates 5-days-a-week.
Further information available on the Active School Flag is available from www.activeschoolflag.ie.