We will be running our Yard Games Programme throughout the school for the month of October. This programme has been very successful in helping our pupils become more comfortable with yard time. Our older pupils engage in peer teaching – they work in small group settings and they teach our younger pupils new and exciting games to play at yard time. There is an emphasis placed on fair play, turn taking and being kind to others. Strategies to help decision making in games are also taught. Our pupils really enjoy this initiative. Aside from the many benefits listed above, it also provides a great opportunity for our pupils to get out in the fresh air and most importantly, to get active!
Our Senior Infant classes began their Gaelic Workshops with Ken from Cuala this month. The children are having great fun learning to play gaelic football and a bit of hurling too! Watch this space for some photos of them in action.
Our 6th Class pupils began their Cycling Workshops this month. These workshops are run in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Apart from learning the rules of the road, our pupils are getting an opportunity to practise their cycling skills under the supervision of the experts. See them in action below !
Orienteering on Killiney Hill
Our 5th and 6th Class pupils particpated in an exciting Orienteering event on Killiney Hill on the 15th of June. It was a wonderful opportunity for our senior pupils who have had nothing but praise for the event.
The event was a great opportunity to promote the Outdoor and Adventure strand of the P.E curriculum. It was a great team building exercise for our pupils and an opportunity to develop skills such as problem solving, map reading, team stategies, stamina and athleticism in a real life setting!
Thanks to all the teachers and parents who were involved on the day – this event couldn’t have gone ahead without their support.
Sport for All Days – 12th and 13th June 2017
Our Sport for All Days were a great success this year. Participation was at an all time high due to the new format. The children had a chance to participate in fun sports activities at the school grounds. They also travelled up to Cuala field where they competed in running races, relay races and a broad selection of novelty races. We have received some very positive feedback from our pupils on the new format. Great fun was had by all.
A huge thanks to all our staff and to our 6th class pupils for their hard work on the days. Thanks to our parents for their support of this new initiative.
Please click on the following link to see some photos : Sport for All Days
A famous athlete and past pupil of The Harold came to visit!
We were delighted to welcome Cian O Callaghan back to The Harold on Friday 9th June. Cian gave an inspirational speech to our pupils at our Junior and our Senior assemblies. He spoke about the role sport has played in his life, the highlights of his sporting career so far, getting the balance right between diet and training and he even spent some time reminising about his time in The Harold !
Cian brought the Cuala Club Championship Cup with him on the day and it was great for all our pupils to see it up close – those who had travelled to support Cian and his Cuala team in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day were particularly thilled to see their hero raise the silverware once more!!
On the 25th May, Ms McKeogh and Ms Cave attended a course in Physical Literacy. It was run by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and the course is paving the way for the launch of a new Physical Literacy programme in all primary schools in September 2017.
During May and June, all classes in our school will be focusing on two strands of the P.E curriculum – the Aquatics strand and the Outdoor and Adventure strand.All classes will be engaging in lessons in the above strands.
During aquatics lessons teachers will be making use of the Be Safe programme as well as the Irish Water Safety website which contains the PAWS programme. This is a programme specifically designed for children. We recommend that families log onto the Irish Water Safety website and investigate the section dedicated to parents. The website also contains some fun quizzes and activities for children.
See link : http://paws.iws.ie/
All classes also be engaging in different aspects of the Outdoor and Adventure strand of the P.E curriculum. Watch out for our pupils engaging in scavenger hunts, outdoor challenges, orienteering and trails in the school grounds and around the local area.
We had the pleasure of welcoming local Olympic silver medalist, Annalise Murphy, to The Harold recently. Annalise addressed our assembly and gave our pupils a very inspirational speech about her path to olympic success. Annalise was very friendly and down to earth – she spent some time meeting our pupils, chatting about sailing and posing for photographs!
NATIONAL ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK 2017
- Whole school ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ activities took place every morning in all classes.
- Yard games with older pupils helping younger pupils.
- Increase in all activity based lessons – Maths, S.E.S.E, Gaeilge, S.P.H.E lessons were all taught with an active dimension to them.
- Movement breaks in the form of Gonoodle activities, Yoga, Just Dance, Busy Breaks, etc took place at all class levels.
- Active homework went down a treat during the week…… lots of children got their whole family involved in their active homework.
- Orienteering and spring scavenger hunts took place at some class levels.
- Some classes did Maths and S.E.S.E trails.
- Some classes walked a mile with a smile in our locality.
- The whole school got active for 10 minutes in the yard at 10am on Friday 28th April – there was great excitement with ‘Step it Up’ and ‘Sunshine in my Pocket’ played over the intercom! - we had some pretty impressive moves!
- 5th Class designed their own obstacle courses and then challenged themsleves to complete them in the quickest time.
- Lots of senior classes skipped their way through yard time – there were even skipping competitions organised by our Active School committee members with certificates and prizes for those who skipped most! Some teachers were even spotted joining in the skipping fun!
- Senior Infants had great fun in their yard – they played some traditional games from the past – hopscotch, skipping, marbles, four corners and French skipping.
- All P.E classes during the week did circuit training and the lessons were enhanced with the lastest tunes – our pupils loved moving to the beat of the music!
Have a look at the photos below so you can get a feel for all the fun that was had in The Harold during National Active School Week 2017.
What is an Active School?
An Active School is a school that strives to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
In order to achieve the Active School Flag The Harold N.S will self-evaluate our current provision across PE, Physical Activity and Partnerships. We will then plan and implement improvements across all three areas and we hope these improvements will have a real and tangible impact on our school community.
Our ‘Active School’ Committee members:
1st Class : Jack O Flaherty, Tom Casey,Ella Curran
2nd Class : Ben O Byrne, Seán Goggin, Isabel Morrisey
3rd Class : Tom Woods, Kai Mc Swiggan, Peter Le Roux
4th Class : Holly Casey, Charlie Hennigan, Aimee Davis
5th Class : Ellie Larkin, Luke Browne, Charlie Cave.
6th Class : Isabella Tomkin, Rosa Mc Nicholas Roche, Lucy O Donoghue.
If you are looking for some inspiration about how to get active, there are lots of ideas on the Get Ireland Active website! Click on the link below :
Photo Gallery – Our pupils getting active!!!
6th Class teaching Junior Infants yard games (Sept 2016), Junior Infant Orienteering, Time for a movement break!……Gonoodle!, Senior Infants get active, Senior Infant Orienteering and Scavenger Hunt, Getting active at assembly!!