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.

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!

Obstacle Course

On Friday, children from all classes got active as they competed against their classmates crawling through tunnels, skipping, hopping and literally jumping through hoops as they tried to make it to the end of the obstacle course before their opponents. Great fun was had by all as they revealed their through competitive spirit.

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!!

Active School’s Week: Whole School Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is a popular, simple and free initiative that sees children run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their primary and nursery schools. On Wednesday, all students and teachers participated in a Whole School Daily Mile Event where they walked, jogged and sprinted 1 mile around the yard. It was great to see to older students mixing with boys and girls from the infant classes and some of the infants even had the confidence to take them on as they raced them to the finish. Great fun was had by all.

Daily Mile at Mount Merrion

On Wednesday, children from Ms.Meegan and Mr.Heneghan’s classes were lucky enough to be chosen to attend the Daily Mile Event at Mount Merrion. All children completed a lap of the park by running, jogging or walking and after crossing the finish line, each child was presented with a medal to mark their achievement. Some Active Children even chose to do a second lap of the course which was great to see. Well done to all children who participated.

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.