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The Department of Education and Skills and Healthy Ireland encourage schools to organise an Active School Week (ASW) as part of their annual school calendar. The ASW initiative is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for all members of the school community. It allows schools to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it also very enjoyable. It provides schools with an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the physical activity opportunities that are available in their locality and to work collaboratively with students, parents and members of the community.


Many of our parents kindly volunteered to help promote physical activities during our Active School Week. Parents from each class volunteered their expertise and coaching services and they generously gave of their time leading to a very successful and enjoyable active week at St Patrick’s GNS. We held our Active Schools Week in June to run in conjunction with our annual sports day. All classes took part in a range of races and activities both on the school grounds and at the local sports pitch in Granada. Sports Star and relay team presentations were given to the pupils. Everybody enjoyed a very active, exciting sports day which concluded with the whole school being led in a dance on the pitch in Granada. A great day was had by all! The girls experienced a wide variety of sports workshops throughout the week including hockey, football, tag rugby, yoga, frisbee, Gaelic football, golf, and athletics to name a few!


Teachers took classes out for Maths trails and orienteering on our Active Walkway. The senior classes had a talk on the importance of healthy eating and nutrition and all classes received information on the food pyramid. Pupils were also given Active homework for the week and filled in an Active homework chart. Foxrock Cabinteely ladies team came to visit the school with the Eimear Walsh Cup on Friday June 14th. A Fit for Fun Family event was organised by the Parents association and took place on Saturday 15th June and Jersey Day was held on Tuesday 18th June. 3rd - 6th class enjoyed Tag Rugby coaching, rounders, yoga and ultimate frisbee activities. Coaches from Kilmacud Croke's gave workshops to Third and Fourth Classes. Infant classes had hockey, gaelic and obstacle courses, whilst 1st and 2nd classes enjoyed soccer, running, golf and athletics.


Take a look below to see what we got up to this year!

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