Archive for Health Promoting School Initiative

BASKETBALL LESSONS

Every Thursday for the past 6 weeks, the children have been taking part in basketball lessons. A big thank you to Brian O’Reilly for volunteering to provide the lessons. Brian offered up his free time and we really appreciate it! 

 

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Clothes Collection update

Our annual clothes collection raised €560, €280 of which has been donated to Ms Doughty for her fund raising for Nuture Africa.  Thank you to everyone who donated their unwanted clothing and textiles to this very worthy cause. The remaining money is going towards expenses incurred in maintaining our Active Flag, our Health Promoting Flag and our Green Schools Flags. 

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Stay Safe Programme

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                               14/05/18

All classes will be taking part in the Stay Safe Programme over the remaining weeks of this school term.

The Stay Safe Programme is a personal safety skills programme for primary schools and is an important part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum.  It is mandatory for all schools to teach the Stay Safe Programme. see the Department of Education & Skills Primary Circular 0065/2011)  Its overall objective is to prevent child abuse, bullying and other forms of victimisation.

The programme develops children’s ability to recognise, resist and report risk situations or abusive encounters by teaching children…

  • To identify for themselves unsafe or upsetting situations
  • Simple rules to help them avoid abuse
  • To respect and value the rights of others
  • The language and skills they require to seek help.

The programme also informs parents and teachers about preventing bullying and child abuse, whilst seeking to create a greater public awareness about the problems children can and do experience.

As the most important people in a child’s life it is essential that parents/guardians are involved in the programme. It’s been shown that programmes like Stay Safe are most effective when parents/guardians are actively involved in the process.

Worksheets to accompany the lessons may be given as homework to your child or may be brought home for you to sign.  It’s important that you use these to discuss the content of the lesson with your child. Doing so will give you an insight into what your child is learning and present an opportunity to discuss the issues involved in a way more personal than is possible in the classroom situation. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss personal safety issues with your child and to explain the safety rules that exist in your family. Children have sometimes used the worksheets to tell their parents/guardians about problems.

We strongly recommend that you::

  • Make sure you’re familiar with the lesson topics. These can be accessed at http://www.staysafe.ie/parent_ss_less.htm
  • Talk to your child about the programme. Explain that the programme will teach them how to keep safe
  • Decide on a time to set aside for discussion of the worksheets.

If you have any questions or concerns about the programme, please contact your child’s class teacher before Thursday 17th May.

Thank you,

K Devine

 

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Zippy’s Friends Certificates

Over the past 6 months, the Infants have been completing the Zippy’s friends’ programme as part of SPHE. The programme is run by the HSE and teaches children about feelings, communication, friendship, solving problems, change and loss, helping others and coping in different situations. The Infants were presented with their crowns and certificates today for all their hard work. Well done.

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ACTIVE WEEK 2018

We had a very successful active week packed with lots of fun and games. Thankfully the weather was on our side all week and the rain stayed away for the activities.

On Monday, each classroom completed a lesson on jiving. A big thank you to Craig Lovett for providing the lessons. See photos below!

On Tuesday, we completed skipping.

Susan Doorley from An Taisce came to the school on Wednesday and provided the children with an informative scooter safety workshop. Thank you Susan!

Thank you also to Brian Reilly for completing basketball lessons on Thursday.

We finished off the week with game stations on Friday. Mr.McPhilips also organised a dodgeball tournament which ran throughout the week with the finals being held on Friday. A big thank you to Mr.McPhilips for organising the tournament and well done to our dodgeball team winners. The Junior team and the Senior team were presented with prizes. Each child in the school also received an active certificate for taking part during the week! Well done everyone! Enjoy your well deserved rest!!

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County Finals Day

Our group-winning team from the previous FAI tournament were in action again today in the county finals. Everyone put in great performances and there were plenty of skills on show. Our team won two games out of three in the league but unfortunately lost out on a place in the final by goal difference. Well done to everyone who took part in both tournaments and special thanks to Graham Mills for his support at the event.

 

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FAI Soccer Blitz

On Tuesday some of the boys and girls in 5th and 6th class competed in the FAI soccer blitz in Cootehill. We had two teams entered in what was a very competitive tournament. Both of our teams performed very well with one of them qualifying for the county finals on April 25th. Everyone enjoyed the day and there were numerous excellent performances on both teams. Many thanks to Graham Mills for helping out on the day.

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Down Syndrome Awareness Day

On Wednesday the whole school celebrated Down Syndrome Awareness Day by wearing odd socks. Some of the very funky sock pairings can be seen in the pictures below. Many thanks to the Mills family for sending in treats for all the children on the day.

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Cookery Demonstration

A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and funding a very interesting and worthwhile cookery demonstration. The children had great fun taking part. They made delicious, healthy brown bread and salmon fish fingers. Thank you also to Pauric  and Irene from the Forge restaurant for providing a very engaging and interactive cookery demonstration for the children. (More photos to follow!)

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Wellbeing Posters

3rd -6th class pupils created posters in groups based on the Mental Health ‘Little Things’ slogans. The following slogans were used as stimuli for the posters:

-Problems feel smaller when you share them!

-The more you move the better your mood!

-Boost your mood with healthy food!

-Do things with others there’s strength in numbers!

-Add friends to your tea!

-If a friend seems distant catch up with them!

-8 hours sleep make the other 16 easier!

 

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