In St Luke's N.S we are always striving to work with our pupils, parents, local community and national agencies to improve our student's experience of PE in our school.
Our Active Schools Committee
We have a wonderful Active Schools Committee made up of students from 3rd-6th class. They have lots of important roles such as helping to run initiatives like Run around Ireland Challenge and the Active Break Every Day Challenge, helping on yard as playground leaders, informing the classes of Active Schools activities, helping the infant classes in our different Active Schools activities, running stations during Active Schools Week, making intercom announcements about all things Active Schools and much more.
Fingal Athletics League
After a very positive experience last year, boys and girls from 3rd to 6th class returned to the first day of Fingal Athletics League in Porterstown Park on Tuesday the 7th of March 2023. We are really looking forward to our next day on the 21st of March.
The 3rd class ran 300m, 4th class 400m, 5th class 500m and the 6th class 600m. After about 6 weeks of training hard in school all the children really made our school proud for their excellent behaviour, sportsmanship and determination. Teachers and students really enjoyed the day. Well done to all!
The 4th class boys and girls in Mr. Costello and Ms. Quinn's Class thoroughly enjoyed a day of golf courtesy of Golf for Schools Ireland in the National Sports Campus on Thursday the 23rd of February. They developed new skills like learning how to grip a golf club correctly, maintaining the correct stance, swinging, pitching, putting and much more. A great day was had by all.
Active Schools Slogan Competition November 2022
The Active Schools committee invited 1st - 6th classes to take part in our slogan competition in November 2022. We wanted to update our slogan to represent our current students.
All the entries were submitted to the Active reps to be shortlisted. Four of the best were chosen and put to a whole school vote.
The standard of all the entries was really high and it was a tough decision.
However the amazing winning entry came from Mason and Michael in Mr. Costello's class.
Well done to all the participants. Have a look at the winning entry below.
The boys and girls basketball teams recently took part in Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball League. Both teams played against Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg, Hansfield ETNS and St Francis Xavier.
We played each team both at home and away. It was a very exciting 6 weeks that the teams and their coaches enjoyed. We were delighted that both the girls team and the boys team came top of the league. The basketball teams represented the school very well and celebrated with a great pizza party.
Both teams will now enter a final which will be held in National Basketball Arena where we will play teams from all over Dublin.
A huge thank you to Jamie from FAI for dropping in a copy of their Football Themed Schools Activity Books for every child in 6th class. These activity books are jam-packed with interesting and educational football themed activities linking in with several curriculum areas such as literacy, maths and SESE. The 6th class were so excited to receive their copy and have enjoyed sharing the activities with their classmates.
The children in Ms Barrett, Ms Quinn and Mr Lynch's class enjoyed soccer training sessions with our fantastic coach Kevin from FAI during November and December. This initiative is supported by the Fingal Sports Organisation.
The children in Ms Quinn, Ms Jordan, Mr Costello and Ms Sturzel's class enjoyed some fun tennis coaching sessions with our fantastic coach Rob during the months of November and December 2022.
Rob is back with us for the new term for another block of coaching sessions with our 1st and 6th classes.
This wonderful initiative is supported by Fingal County Council and Tennis Ireland.
Tyrrelstown GAA Blitz
Well done to the 50+ boys and girls from 3rd and 4th classes who took part in their GAA blitz in September 2022 against the local national schools. We had two great days of fun and football.
Thank you to all the classes who came to support and to all the teachers involved in the respective teams.
Mark Redican is the Games promotion officer for Tyrrelstown GAA. He is back this year again coaching the Junior Infant classes, Senior Infants, 2nd and 4th on Tuesday mornings. Last year he coached our Junior Infant and First class children. Mark has been a big hit with both the children and the teachers.
We love having Mark here and would like to say a big thank you to him for bringing us great lessons and resources.
Ms. Cullinan's 5th class enjoyed a variety of athletics activities during the months of January and February in the Fit4Class programme. Fit4Class is Athletics Ireland’s teacher-led programme that introduces primary school children to athletics in a fun, engaging and non-competitive environment. Fit4Class I is designed to introduce children to a number of athletics events while also working on the fundamentals like agility, balance and coordination section. The children took part in running, long jump, relays, shot putt and other athletics events during the 8 week programme.
This year we are delighted that Ciarán is back on Thursdays to work with a selection of classes from 3rd to 6th class in athletics for the months of September and October.
Last year the 3rd and 4th classes enjoyed participating in a 6 week programme of Athletics training with Ciarán from Fingal during the months of April and May.
Ms Lennon, Ms Cullinan, Ms Griffin and Ms Barrett’s class had fantastic fun with Brian from Tyrrelstown Karate Club who kindly came in on Monday and Thursday during our Active Week 2022 to offer the children some taster sessions. As well as warm-up and stretching activities they were introduced to a variety of Karate kicks, strikes and blocks. Karate is excellent for increasing aerobic stamina, improving muscular strength and flexibility as well as enhancing balance, agility and co-ordination. Karate also improves our mental health. As it challenges the brain, it improves focus and concentration. The children reaped all of these benefits as well as having great fun with Brian who is a very dedicated and talented instructor. If any children are interested in developing their Karate skills further TKC is always open to welcoming new students.
Charlene from K- Star Academy of Performing Arts also kindly offered her time to showcase taster dance sessions to Ms Mc Guane, Ms Browne and Ms Bolger’s classes during our Active Week 2022. The children had so much fun bopping away to Disney Songs with Charlene.
K-Star Academy is a leading performing arts school offering a range of singing, dancing, acting, and music classes to children and teens aged 4-18. They run classes in Ongar and Tyrrelstown community Centre. They are on a break for the summer now until their summer camp 2nd -6th August.
Please check out their website if your child is interested in nurturing their inner performer and becoming a member of the academy from September or trying some of their activities out in their summer camp.
We surveyed some of our parents to get their feedback on PE in our school. Thank you to all parents who took the time to take part . We have been and will continue to work hard to implement some of their very valuable suggestions.
See below some of the answers we received.
Do you have any suggestions on how we can promote P.E in our school?
Have after-school activities so children have an opportunity to attend and do different activities
Introduce once a week swimming class if it’s possible. Would be greatly appreciated
Ask children what activities they would prefer to have
Have a variety of activities to suit all children. i.e. dancing, not all children like sports
I think the school should apply a “whatever the weather” attitude towards P.E. It’s not just about jumping jacks but also about getting out to the yard on a cold day to stretch the legs. An emphasis should be put on proper clothing for all seasons. And, when the weather is nice some lessons could be conducted outside.
Introduce a variety of sports, invite people from a variety of sports, organise shows and presentations to inspire children
Promote more activities around the area
I think the school does quite a lot. The kids love the extra exercise when they get it, makes a nice change from sitting in class.
More sports events
Regular nature walks as part of the school week
Dedicated P.E teacher
What Clubs Are You in?
Our Active reps conducted a survey of our 1st, 3rd and 5th class pupils to find out about the different clubs they are members of in our local community. We are lucky to have lots of great clubs in our area such as
Tyrrelstown United Soccer Club
Tyrrelstown GAA Club
KStar Dance Academy
National Aquatic Centre for swimming and other activities
Cabe Irish Dancing Academy
Taking part in extra curricular activities has so many positive advantages for children such as improved academic performance, providing opportunities to explore interests, create broader perspectives and learn new skills, higher self esteem and confidence and providing new social opportunities for new friendships to grow to name but a few.