Active Flag Partnerships

Posted by Ms. Thomas On May - 14 - 2019

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Our Active School Committee & Ms Thomas lead the Active Flag initiative in our school. They meet regularly to plan ahead and assess how we are doing. We plan what we are going to do for the next number of weeks and the committee visit each classroom to announce the ideas.

We have an Active Schools notice board where we share news. We are currently displaying the results of the recent ‘what club are you in’ survey that 6th class worked on.

We had good existing partnerships locally, and we have formed new partnerships this year which will go into the future. We always had a great partnership with the local GAA club. We have a GAA coach that comes to our school annually to work with the children in the senior room. We take part in Cumann na mBunscoil and mini 7s every year, fielding a mixed team with other schools in the area. We also take part in the cross-country each year.

We have a great partnership with ‘Mayo Sports Partnership’  this year, and we had Deirdre Donnelly join us during active week for our community walk. Deirdre has been a great support this year and has provided us with great ideas for active schools.

We had a great partnership with our wider community this year. We were taking part in ‘The Daily Mile’ and we organised a ‘community mile walk’ on four consecutive Fridays which proved very successful! It was great to see everyone taking part and enjoying time together while being active. We also held a Community Day as part of active week.

The children from 1st-6th class hold a partnership with Claremorris Leisure Centre, and attend swimming lessons during the year, covering the aquatics strand of the PE curriculum.

We have formed new partnerships this year with Claremorris Tennis Club, Tourmakeady Handball Club and Tug of War Ireland as we invited coaches from each into our school for active week to run taster sessions for the children. The children thoroughly enjoyed these sessions and it gave the them the opportunity to try new things!

We have always held strong parental partnerships, and this was underlined this year as Sharon Fitzpatrick provided exciting line dancing lessons to the children in the middle room. Ms Thomas learned the dances too and in turn taught the junior and senior room some dances. We identified ‘Dance’ as an area for improvement at the start of the year and this has proved an exciting way to engage the children in the strand.

Our Active Schools walkway was erected today, in partnership with a past pupil, Jamie Hession who is on TY work experience. Jamie measured out our boundary wall and marked out the walk for us. The middle room were very excited as they were the first children to walk the walkway! It will be a great way to keep the children active at lunchtime. Thanks Jamie for all your help with this project!

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Gortskehy goes Country – Active Week Finale

Posted by Ms. Thomas On May - 10 - 2019

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We held a Community Day here in Gortskehy today as part of our Active Week! It was an amazing, fun filled day for everyone in our community to enjoy!

We had a beautiful sunny morning for our Community Walk with Deirdre Donnelly of Mayo Sports Partnership. Deirdre spoke to us about the importance of getting activity into our daily lives and how it makes us feel better. As we were walking, she was giving us tips on how to get more out of our walk. Thank you to all the people who joined us!

 

Our Active Week Grand Finale took place this afternoon as we went country with Jason Moyles – and what an afternoon it was! He put on a great show for us and we showcased our line dancing skills to everyone! We might even have a few musicians and singers in our midst! Massive thanks to Sharon Fitzpatrick, our talented dancer who has given so much of her time to our school this year teaching us all the dances! It was a wonderfully inclusive event, involving our parents, grandparents and friends in the community. We all enjoyed the sing-song and the dancing. Thanks Jason for making it a memorable day!

We were privileged to welcome back two of our past pupils today, Enda Hession and Justin Commins who are part of the St. Colman’s College Senior Team with the Aonghus Murphy Memorial Cup that they won this year. It was great to see them back in Gortskehy and they received a great welcome from everyone! Great role models for the children! It was also a privilege to have Noel Tierney, former Galway Footballer, who was part of the Galway team that won 3 All-Irelands in a row in the 1960s with us today. He has grandchildren attending our school and it was lovely to have him part of our community day!

        

The children were very confident with their football skills and decided to take on Andrew!

We would like to thank everyone who joined us today and helped make the day so much fun!

Gortskehy Staff in the school colours!

Our wonderful Active Schools Committee

Our Playground Leaders

We have had lots of fun together this week and we had the most enjoyable Active Week here in Gortskehy.

“Being active, staying fit, Gortskehy always does its bit”!

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Active Week – Day 3

Posted by Ms. Thomas On May - 9 - 2019

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We had the senior room lead us in dance this morning for ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’! We had great fun doing ‘rock the boat’ and ‘The Macerena’ and Baby Shark even made an appearance!

We were delighted to welcome, Tim Foley of Tourmakeady Handball Club to our school today. The children learned about the history of handball and how it is a GAA sport. Handball is a very skilful, fast paced sport that requires quick thinking! Anyone can play handball, all you need is a ball and a wall! Handball promotes endurance and coordination and it was fantastic for the children to have the opportunity to try it out!

We had a lunch time disco today that the children really enjoyed! We were bopping along to all the latest songs and we got some practice in for tomorrow! We had some very creative moves going on!

We are holding a very exciting ‘Community Day’ tomorrow as part of our active week.

Mayo Sports Partnership will join us on our community walk at 9 am – all welcome!

‘Gortskehy goes Country’ tomorrow at 12.30 pm, come along for a sing-song and a dance!

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  1. Brilliant children to coach, really enjoyable day.

Active Week – Day 2

Posted by Ms. Thomas On May - 8 - 2019

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We had great fun this morning line dancing to some country music, led by the middle room. We were energised after doing ‘The Bunny Hop’! We are getting ready for ‘Gortskehy goes Country’ on Friday afternoon!

The infants brought their teddy bears for a ‘ready teddy go’ walk! The teddies got up to great mischief on their travels! Then they all had a picnic together.

The middle room took part in circuits today. There was a range of activities from jumping jacks, to throwing and catching, to skipping, etc.

The senior room were very busy working with Lisa from Tug of War Ireland. They learned all the tricks for tug of war and had great fun!

Don’t forget the active homework!

 

 

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  1. @HealthyIreland Great picture!

Active Week – Day 1

Posted by Ms. Thomas On May - 7 - 2019

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We got active week of to a great start this morning as the infants led our dance for ‘wake up, shake up’. We did the Hokey Pokey and the Cha Cha Slide! We felt great afterwards.

We enjoyed break time with our Playground Leaders keeping us busy!

We had an active music lesson with Music Generation Mayo in the junior and middle room! We had to dance to fast and slow music. We also went on a bear hunt creating sounds with our recycled musical instruments we made last week!

We had a really enjoyable tennis taster this afternoon. It was great to have the opportunity to try a new sport and gain new skills! We played mini matches and had lots of fun!

 

Enjoy the active homework!

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Gortskehy Goes Country

Posted by Ms. Thomas On May - 3 - 2019

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We are inviting everyone to come along to the school next Friday afternoon, May 10th @12.30 and enjoy the dancing! Spread the word!

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Active Week

Posted by Ms. Thomas On April - 30 - 2019

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Energetic Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by Ms. Thomas On April - 12 - 2019

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We had an Easter egg hunt today to celebrate our Easter Holidays. Sixth Class hid the eggs all around the school. Our playground leaders were the captains and we divided all the classes up. We really enjoyed having an active, fun egg hunt! We even found a note from the Easter Bunny!

Happy Easter from everyone at Gortskehy!

 

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Physical Education in Gortskehy

Posted by Ms. Thomas On April - 8 - 2019

80% of Irish children, currently, are not active enough’

(Children’s Sport Participation and Physical Activity Study, 2010)

Physical Education is a very important part of the culture here in Gortskehy National School. We believe that it helps contribute to the well-being of all our pupils, helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. We aim to foster a love and appreciation of physical activity in the children.

We have a physical education plan as part of our whole school plan and we work on a two year system, whereby we incorporate the fundamental movement skills over this time. Children from 1st – 6th class go swimming for 6 weeks every year covering the aquatics strand. Each year the teachers identify a strand that we need to develop.

Each classroom teacher is committed to teaching a broad, balanced and inclusive PE lesson every week. Currently, the infants are timetabled for PE on Tuesdays and Fridays for half an hour each day. The middle room are timetabled for one hour on Friday. The senior room are timetabled for one hour on Friday afternoon also. From time to time, we alter the days and duration of lessons, depending on the strands we are teaching. Some strands may require two half hour lessons in the week for 1st – 6th class pupils in order to allow children effectively master skills.

 

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Active School Community Walk

Posted by Ms. Thomas On March - 29 - 2019

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We have had a very energetic morning here in Gortskehy as we launched our community walks to coincide with our ‘Daily Mile’ initiative. Thank you to all who joined us! Looking forward to next Friday already!

 

 

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