The teachers, boys and parents from Scoil na Mainistreach weren't going to let a bit of 'drizzle' get in the way of their trip to Castletown parkrun. The boys had been in rigorous training over the last few weeks, practising their "laps" as part of the school's Active Schools Week programme. Everyone had a great morning running around Castletown. The many puddles offered some of our younger runners the chance to make a splash en route! Alan Lawlor (6th class) crossed the line as the first of our boys home. He was only a couple of yards away from catching Mr. Curtin who beat off stiff competition from the other teachers. We were delighted to have so many children from junior infants up to sixth class taking part in this event and we hope that our families continue to attend parkrun on Saturday mornings. As always we would like to thank Castletown parkrun for welcoming us to their event and for the tremendous support they gave to our boys. We look forward to coming back next year J
As part of our ‘Active Schools’ initiative and in an attempt to highlight the importance of physical exercise for children, Scoil na Mainistreach has teamed up with the globally-renowned ‘parkrun’ running event.
Castletown parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. and their Event Director, Sharon Ashmore has kindly invited the parents and boys of our school to join them for a ‘children-friendly’ parkrun on Saturday 27th May. We are very excited to have this opportunity and look forward to lots of our students participating in this free event alongside their parents/guardians.
We hope to have lots of our boys (accompanied by a guardian if under 11) at this event. If you wish to take part in this event, please follow these steps:
If you or your child are unable/prefer not to run/walk this event, it would be great if you could volunteer instead. parkrun is a community-based initiative and its success depends on the support of volunteers. So all support would be greatly appreciated. If you can volunteer, please make sure that you register with parkrun and email email@example.com to express an interest in volunteering.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday 27th May (arrive early to warm-up). Please remember that all children under 11 must be within arms-reach of their parents during the event.
On the 12th May Sixth Class went to the Snooker Hall in Celbridge. Fergal O’Brien who played in the Crucible (World Championship) would mentor us. We started off by going into the Snooker Hall and Fergal thought us the basics of snooker. After that we went to one of twelve snooker tables and got started. While we played he came around and gave us tips. The snooker tables were 12ft by 6ft. At the end our caretaker Eamon had a match with Fergal. It all came down to the last black ball and Eamon potted it. It was a great day and we recommend it again for next year. We would like to thank Fergal & James for letting us use the Snooker Hall.
At Scoil Na Mainistreach we did hiphop dancing with the dance instructors Adel and Gráinne from Dance LA. Some of the dance moves were really funny. At the start we did a warm up by stretching etc. We did a dance to Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Shape Of You’. In the dance we did awesome moves like Bruno Mars’s slide with the hat etc. At the end we put all the moves together and did our own party moves in a circle. The instructors were really nice and we had lots of fun.
Active Week Timetable
9:30am Ms Coffey
10:15am Ms. Marken
11:15am Mr. Moyles
12:00pm Ms. Stenson
12:45pm Mr. Curtin
Athletics (Le Chéile AC)
Ms McHugh / Mr Harney 3rd Class
Snooker with Fergal O Brien (Celbridge Snooker Hall)
10:00am 6th Class Pupils
Tennis was the order of the day on day 4 of Active Schools Week. Local Tennis coach Michael Donaghy and rising star of Celbridge Tennis Club David introduced pupils from Junior Infants to second class to the game of tennis. The boys were taught some of the skills of tennis and played some simple tennis games. The lessons as always proved popular with all the boys as can be seen in the pictures below. A number of boys have had experience playing tennis but the majority were playing for the first time and Michael was very impressed with the skill levels of the boys.
For more information on Celbridge Tennis Club and coaching available for young and old check out the flyer below. Of particular interest to many might be their Open Day which takes place this Sunday 14th May.
On Thursday Shane from GNS Fitness came in to do an exercise class with us.
First we did some warm ups including burpees, high knees and jumping jacks.
But that was only the warm up. Then we started the exercises. We did sprints, step ups, bear crawl, bunny hops and wall sits and we did each of those exercises for one minute.
After that, we all thought it was over but then we had to do it all again! We were very tired!!
At the end Conor Kelly won an I.R.F.U rugby ball and Jake Leach and Matthew Dunne won a homework pass.
We all really enjoyed it.
By David Geraghty and Euan Handley
Active Week Timetable
9:10am Ms. O'Reilly (Junior Infants)
9:40am Mr Tyrrell (Junior Infants)
10:10am Ms O Reilly (Senior Infants)
10.40am Ms. Coyle / Ms Burcheal (Senior Infants)
11:30am Ms. Stenson / Ms Coffey (First Class)**
12.00 Mr Heffernan (Second Class)
12.30 Ms O Connor (Second Class)
1.00 Mr Maguire (Second Class)
1.30 Mr Curtin / MS Marken
2.00 Mr Moyles / Ms Marken
Callaghan Cup Continues for 5th Classes
Running Records and Running Buddies Continue for all classes
Athletes from various sporting codes are seeking the expert training of the coaches at the performance clinic in Celbridge. From Senior footballers and Hurlers to Senior rugby and League of Ireland soccer players all are benefitting from their expertise and the world class facilities at their premises beside Apple Green. That expertise came to Scoil Na Mainistreach where coaches Albert and Patrick put 5th class pupils through their paces. We were delighted to have the coaches impart their knowledge to the boys and judging by the faces in the 5th classes afterwards there will be some tired bones in houses around Celbridge tonight. Anyone looking for more information on the Performance Clinic can check out their website
Ed Downey and his team of coaches from Celbridge Kenpo Karate kicked off proceedings on Day 3 of Active Schools Week with an introduction to Kenpo Karate. Celbridge has one of the most succesful Kenpo Karate Clubs in the world and Eds visit proved very popular with pupils in Senior Infants and First Class. Ed was ably assisted by a World Champion in Scott and our very own Kenpo experts Temi, Ryan, Callum, Aidan, and Oisín. Details of the Celbridge Kenpo Karate club can be found here. We look forward to seeing more Scoil Na Mainistreach pupils joining the club and who knows performing on the world stage in the near future.