Partnerships within and outside the school are an integral part of The Active School Flag process. We invited sports coaches such as coaches from rugby Ireland and ultimate frisbee to our school to give taster sessions to our girls. Local sports clubs and physical activity providers came to coach and talk to our pupils. Staff have also collaborated with the local Sports Partnership and completed a training course on inclusive games.
An Active School Committee was set up in St. Patrick’s GNS, Hollypark with representatives from each of the 5th and 6th classes. From the outset of the process, pupils, teachers and parents were informed that the school had decided to work towards the ASF and were kept up to date with progress via the Active School Committee.
The Pupil Voice is central to all we do in Hollypark GNS and it was an important part of Active Flag process. The Active School Committee helped organise a poster competition for the Active School Motto that is displayed on Active School notice boards and classrooms.
The Active School Committee are responsible for organising and devising activities for active school week. They distribute PE equipment to ensure that pupils are active during yard times and form part of the friendship squad in the yards to ensure that all children have somebody to play with and are kept active and included.
Active School members from the Active Committee taught 'Game of the Week' to Infant and 1st/2nd classes during yard time.
Our school informs parents and pupils about physical opportunities that are available in the local community. St. Patricks’s GNS has a strong and proud tradition of Gaelic football and we are very closely affiliated with the Foxrock Cabinteely GAA Club. All class levels from Junior Infants to 6th Class are taught the fundamental components of Gaelic football – skills development, teamwork and participation. This expert coaching and our strong links to local clubs have afforded our pupils past and present with great opportunity. Our teams are under the expert coaching of Pat Ring and the guidance of our PE coordinator Ms. Haugh. They have proudly and successfully represented the school in the Cumann na mBunscol leagues. Our team reached the Cumann na mBunscoil finals in Croke Park in October 2019. We have also been delighted and honoured to welcome back past pupils from Foxrock Cabinteely’s Senior team who have gone on to win the Leinster Championship for four years in a row.
At St Patrick’s GNS we celebrate the physical achievements and success of our pupils both during and outside of school hours. Photos are displayed on our active school noticeboard and our Sports Star awards are held every June.
St Patrick’s GNS held its first Jumapathon on the 26th - 27th September this year in conjunction with the Parents Association. It was a fantastic success resulting in a cumulative jump count of 1526736. This spectacular event raised an incredible €9290.00 for our school. Teachers were busy during their active breaks preparing pupils for this exciting jumping marathon! The yards and our fabulous new astro pitch were a flurry of activity and teachers made the most of the fine autumn weather, encouraged as always by Ms. Gunning. Well done to all of our girls who jumped for joy and especially to the class winners who received an impressive cup in recognition of their efforts.
Class Cup Winners: