Super Soccer Stars!!

Soccer Success!!!!

We are delighted to say that our school soccer team experienced huge success in the league that they took part in. The school team played Delgany Football team in the final and what a final it was! The game was 0-0 for most of the game and then Delgany got a goal. Our Lady’s team showed immense resilience and strength as they battled on trying to create chances where they could. And that they did!! Fionn McGovern was the first to find the back of the net! The pressure was then on as there were only minutes left and we needed another goal to clinch the title. In dramatic style, Charlie Leech Murphy found the back of the net once again and Our Lady’s got that all important last goal!!! There was jubilation on the side lines and on the pitch! The final whistle was blown seconds later and the game was over. Our Lady’s were crowned the winners!

We are all very proud of each member of the school team. Each player had a huge part to play and together as a team, they pulled through and clinched the title! A huge thank you to Mr Heneghan too who has given so much of his own time to this team and through all the trainings and team talks inspired them to keep going and to believe in themselves. Thank you also to Ms Carberry (SNA) who provided some refreshing oranges during the match. Well done to all the team once again. We look forward to the medal ceremony in assembly very soon!

School Team: Jack Connolly, Demi-Leigh Curtis, Jamie Doyle, Henry Fottrell, Oliver Fottrell, Ferdia Gibson, Oscar Gibson, Luca Holmes, Victor Lace, Oskar Maghder, Fionn McGovern, Mohammed Mukhtar, Charlie Murphy, Mohammed Al-Najjar, Daniel Okunade and Jack Weadick.

Sports Day 2018

Sports Day this year was another roaring success. We couldn’t have been luckier withe the weather and everything ran very smoothly thanks to the organisation of the school and of course the support from the parents as well as the parent’s council.

The junior and senior races were running parallel to each other or time efficiency and to ensure children were as active as they could be. The infants completed running races, egg and spoon races, sack races and crawling races. The senior end completed all these as well as three legged race and one or two more. We were delighted to see so many parents taking place in the parent’s running race.

Huge thanks again to the Parent’s Association who supplied us with a healthy tuck shop in line with Active School. All children received a medal for taking part and a fantastic day was had by all. Well done to all the boys and girls and of course to the mums and dads who take part also!!

More pics to follow!!…

 

 

Girls Soccer team

Soccer

Our Lady’s Girls Soccer team qualified for the Spar Dublin Finals which took place in Irishtown on Wednesday 25th April. Having played very few games together the girls put up a fantastic performance on the day. Our first game was against Good Shepherd N.S. A last minute goal by Demi-Leigh Curtis secured us a 1-1 draw. Good Shepherd went on to win. Our Lady’s defeated Hedgestown National School with goals from Demi-Leigh Curtis and Emma Dunne. In our last game we were defeated 5-3 by Ballybrack . Fantastic goals however by Demi – Leigh and Eunsae! Unfortunately, we just missed out on silver medals as Ballybrack beat us on goal difference.

Well done to all the girls involved and a special thanks to Ms Leacy for accompanying the girls to the matches and preparing them in advance of their games.

On a separate note, our school soccer team top the Dublin league table with one game to go. They continued their unbeaten run with a recent hard fought draw with Sandford. Jack Weadick scored his first goal for the school!! Well done Jack! The team are also involved in the Plate Competition and hope to keep the fantastic form going into the summer!

Once again, a huge thank you to Mr Heneghan for his dedication in supporting and preparing the school soccer team.

National Bike to School Week Art Competition

As part of National Bike Week 2018, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Count is holding an Art Competition for primary school pupils in the County. Students are asked to draw an A4 size poster focusing on making trips by bike with a theme ‘Cycling with your Family’. We will be entering this competition as part of National Bike Week. The closing date for entries is June 7th.

We are also encouraging children to bring their bike with them to school this week. Who knows, we may even have another Slow Bike Race!!

Playground fun!

We love to make use of our local environment for active activities. We decided to bring infant classes on a trip to our local playground and the children had a fantastic time climbing, swinging and running with their friends.

Rory McIlroy watch out!!

We love to encourage children to try a new sport. Not all children are naturally fond of all sports so Active School’s Week is a great opportunity to get a taste of different sports so that children can find one that suits themselves.

Budding golfers from 4th to 6th classes tried their luck on our pitching ground. Ms. Leacy talked the children through their grip, swing and technique as the children attempted to land the ball in the umbrella! What a great introduction the the game!

Peer assessment for running

The children get a chance to assess their peers which is a great way to boost confidence and really focus on the fundamentals of running. The focus is on what the child is doing well and it also allows the teacher to put more emphasis on a specific teaching point if a trend is noticed in the results. The children also really enjoy this task.

The Daily Mile

The aim of the Daily Mile  ‘is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances’. The concept is simple; to get children running more every day. It may be simple but it really is effective. It has become part of our school culture over the past two years and the children absolutely love it!

Along with Go Noodle, we strive to provide children with opportunities to give their working minds a break so that they can reset and refocus for the following classroom activity or task. The Daily Mile simply requires children to run laps of the school yard in a non competitive setting. The children keep track of how many laps they have completed and can challenge themselves to beat their record the following day.

The children have commented saying it is their favourite part of the school day and teachers have noticed a massive improvement in concentration following it’s introduction. What’s more is that teachers have also noticed improvements in overall fitness and endurance levels among children who struggled to complete one lap at the start of the year and who are now running non stop for a full 15 minutes!

Go Noodle

Go Noodle

We have been made increasingly aware of the positive benefits of movement with learning. Go Noodles strives to create a more positive classroom environment by boosting productivity, improving behaviour and building community. All teachers in our schools have been making use of this fantastic resource throughout the year to give the children a ‘brain break’ and in turn increase the productivity in the classroom. We have really noticed what a positive affect movement has had on concentration and learning following an exercise.

What is so fantastic about this resource is that it has a range of activities and exercises to suit all class and levels and each video clip can serve a different purpose. There are guided dance and free dance videos as well as breathing exercise and meditation. Teachers can choose which exercise will suit their class at a specific time. It also has longer, more energetic videos for the days it is raining and classes have to stay in at lunch.

 

Tricks4Sticks

We were lucky to team up with Hockey Ireland to try out their Tricks4Sticks programme for Primary Schools. Classes from 2nd through 6th had the opportunity of completing a 5 week programme in Hockey Skills. The course provided the children with an opportunity to improve lots of their fundamental movement skills, including running, side stepping, dodging and striking with an implement.

The children had a ball with their instructor, Aran who took them through their paces! Huge thanks to Hockey Ireland for selecting our school.

 

Active breaks

Playground leaders lead activities

Here in Our Lady’s, we want our play times to be as active as possible. We encourage ‘Do your talking while you’re walking’ and we also have designated playground leaders who help to lead activities and teach news games/skills.

Some of the older children have been given leadership roles and are responsible for leading activities on the junior yard. At break times, some children have the job of distributing equipment while other children actually instruct the children in completing the activity for a specific group. This allows all children to be more active and allows for a more positive playground environment.

Tug Of War Tuesday

Tuesday started off a little ropey! because we were afraid the bad weather would force us to cancel our Tug of War. The infants took to the hall to face the rope. Teams were very evenly matched and there was a lot more competition than we had expected! The cheers could be heard for miles!

Fortunately the weather broke and the senior classes dug in for a very competitive and determined tug of war. There were of course some losers but they got to grips with it!!

Pimp My Bike and Slow Bike Race

Wednesday morning was full of glitz, glamour, sparkles and streamers as the children rode in on their pimped out bikes. They had put in serious work overnight and that payed off for a lucky few who won the prize for best pimped bike in their class.

This was followed by the slowest bike race competition. Instead of the usual ‘winner comes first’ scenario we decided to flip it on its head and award the prize to the child who could come last in the race without stopping, falling or putting their foot on the ground. The children wheelie enjoyed it!!

Monday Motivation and Rounders

We started the week off with an assembly to get us in the active mood! The Active School Committee spoke to the school about the week ahead and the activities planned. They also encouraged all the children to get 60 minutes of exercise every day. Children were reminded to wear their tracksuits everyday. Everybody will be doing active homework every day. The Active School Committee told everyone that they will be playground monitors throughout the week on junior and senior yards and will be providing equipment to ensure we have a very active playground at break times.

The Active School Committee reminded everybody that we should be getting 60 minutes of exercise every day, not just during Active School Week.

The first activity we did this week was rounders. Rounders is such a fun game and it’s also very inclusive. We were able to modify the game to suit the juniors with ‘kick rounders’ and also for children with special needs. We really wanted to try a new game this year that also has lots of movement in it. It was a great opportunity to practice our runningthrowing and catching skills as well as kicking skills (for juniors) which are all fundamental movement skills.

Junior Park Run

We have teamed up with Junior Park Run at our local park. We are encouraging children to sign up for the Junior Park Run in Marley which happens every Sunday morning at 9.30am. Park Run is a fantastic introduction to athletics and running for children. What’s most important is that the runs are non competitive and very inclusive. We were delighted to complete our first Park Run as a school on Sunday the 29th of April. Children from Our Lady’s N.S. took the Daily Mile a step further and completed the 2km track, along with some parents. Well done to everyone who came along and we hope to see more of you there every Sunday morning.

Athletics- Throwing

We have practiced throwing with foam javelins as well as with different sized balls and also items of different weights. The teaching points for throwing are:
1. Hold the object in one hand
2. Eyes focuses on a target throughout the throw
3. Stand side on with non-throwing shoulder towards a target
4. Bring the throwing arm back behind the body, swinging it down and backwards in preparation to throw
5.Step toward a target with the foot of non-throwing side (transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot)
6. Hips then shoulders rotate forwards
7. Throwing arm moves forward, releases the object, the follows through in the direction of a target and down across the body
8. It is good practise to raise non-throwing arm and point it in the direction of a target in the preparation phase, then lower it when throwing

Athletics-jumping

We have made great use of the hurdles to help with our jumping skills for athletics. The hurdles we use are low and safe for children to use.
The key teaching points for jumping are:
1. Eyes focused forward or upwards, head up and back straight throughout the jump
2. Crouch with knees bent and arms behind the body
3. Legs forcefully extend and straighten in the air
4. Arms swing forwards and upwards in time with the legs
5. Arms and legs extend as far as possible in the flight phase
6. Land on both feet with no more than one step in any direction to control landing
7. Ankles knees and hips bend on landing to absorb the shock

Running skills

Children in 4th class using lots of the elements needed for the mastering stage

Elbows bent at 90 degrees

Using our PPSI lesson plans as well as the Fundamental Movement Skills resources and activities,we have been doing a lot of work on our running skills in athletics. The teaching points for running are
1. Hold the head up, stable and eyes looking forward
2. Elbows bent at 90 degress
3. Drive arms backwards and forward vigorously in opposition to the legs
4. High knees lift with the thigh almost parallel to the ground
5. Kick back should be at least 90 degrees
6. Lean slightly forward when accelerating and slightly backwards when slowing down
7. Push off from the ball of the foot and land on the heel of the foot

There are varying levels found between and within classes so each child works on improving their own technique. All skills related to running are taught to children and children are reminded of the different elements frequently.

Classes have completed peer assessment as well as self assessment. This can be achieve even with the junior classes.

Christmas fun run 2017/18

We had a blast doing a whole school daily mile as a Santa fun run this year. All the pupils and teachers put on their Christmas jumpers and Christmas hats and took the yard with the Christmas songs blaring for the fun!!

Our Active School Committee

Our Active School Committee have been doing some fantastic work throughout the year. Each member has a special role. Some children are in charge of distributing equipment at break times, some children lead playground activities, others lead active lines and all members encourage ‘Do your talking while you’re walking’.

It is also the role of the members to remind other students and teachers to get 60 minutes of exercise every day. Committee members also remind teachers to complete the Daily Mile as well as Go Noodle Breaks on rainy days.

The committee were a huge help in organising and implementing activities during Active School Week and they took their roles very seriously. They generated ideas which we are able to follow through on and also requested ideas from their classmates. Well done all on a job well done!

Active School Week schedule

We arranged a whole school schedule for each class for the week. On top of these extra activities, we were lucky enough to have special guests in to teach us new and exciting sports including laser tag run, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a Sports Inclusion Officer and many more! Lucky us!

Daily Mile 2017

The Active School Committee attended the daily mile in Mount Merrion, along with a number of students chosen by teachers who have shown great enthusiasm in the Daily Mile since we began. Ms Lynch and Mr Murphy accompanied the children who warmed up with music and stretches and ran to the finish line to a big round of applause. Well done to all children involved.

Christmas fun run 2016/2017

‘Oh I wish it could be Christmas everydaaaay’!! What we fun we had on our first ever Santa Fun Run as a whole school. We turned up the volume on the Christmas tunes and took to the yard for a whole school daily mile as a Santa Fun Run. Looking good everyone!