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St Molaga’s Active Schools Programme

St Molaga’s is committed to becoming an Active School. We are currently working hard to be awarded our first Active Flag. Here is some information about what we have been doing over the last two years.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME
In terms of our Physical Education Programme, all classes provide timetabled PE for a minimum of one hour per week and engage with every strand of the PE curriculum as laid down by the Department of Education. The different strands are: Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Outdoor and Adventure and Aquatics. Unfortunately, we no longer have access to the swimming pool in Gormanston where we used to bring 3rd and 4th classes for swimming every year, but every class in the school covers Water Safety lessons which also make up an important part of this strand. Teachers in St. Molaga’s had the opportunity this year to avail of continuing professional development in the area of Gymnastics. This was very beneficial and will be helpful to teachers in delivering the Gymnastics strand of the curriculum. Many classes got several opportunities to dance this year, during Seachtain na Gaeilge and Arts week, not to mention work done under the Dance strand in their class PE lessons. Many teachers have uploaded photos of their Dance lessons to the Blog and they can be viewed by clicking on the “Active Flag” tag. The summer term is an ideal time to work on Athletics and Outdoor pursuits and many classes are busy working on these strands this term. The Games strand is always very popular amongst the pupils and a wide variety of different sports are played by the different classes throughout the school. Teachers are also supported by local clubs (Balbriggan rugby club, O’ Dwyers GAA etc). in their delivery of the Games strand.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INITIATIVES
We have introduced a number of new initiatives between this year and last year to help make our school community more active. The majority of classes are now “doing laps” every day, some classes several times a day as a transition between lessons. Both children and teachers are very positive about the benefits of the running. The children enjoy getting out to stretch their legs and the teachers report that the running keeps the children alert and energised. This is a wonderful, simple, cost-free initiative that has great benefits for the children, both academically and in terms of building up their fitness and stamina.
Another initiative we have introduced is “busy breaks”. Many classes have built these movement breaks into their daily routines, again often as a transition between lessons, where the children get up and dance or jump around in their places to stretch their muscles and work off some energy. We have also agreed as a staff to always give children movement breaks in the classroom on days when it rains and it is not possible to go out.
Children in St Molaga’s are encouraged to walk and cycle to school and the Golden Boot and Golden Bike awards are given out regularly to the classes which have walked or cycled the most to school. Children are encouraged to be active at break times in the yard and we have rotas to encourage use by all of the basketball nets and the football areas. We have yard markings to encourage yard games such as hopscotch, and equipment such as skipping ropes to appeal to children who may not like to play ball games. 6th class pupils look after the equipment and show newer children into the school how to use it.
Another initiative this year is the introduction of active homework. Many classes do this on a weekly basis, other at certain times of the year. We are very keen for our pupils to understand that PE is a subject as important as everything else they study in St. Molaga’s.
As a staff we made the decision to do away with the “treat on Friday” that had become traditional in the school. We now encourage the children to bring a healthy, balanced, nutritious lunch every day, including Friday and to keep sweets as an occasional treat, at home rather than at school, with the exception of special days such as the school tour, or an end-of-year party, but again, even on these occasions, children are encouraged to eat sweet foods in moderation.
We have been focussing on building in an active element to as many of our school activities as possible this year. All special events, arts week, Christmas, Seachtain na Gaeilge etc. should have activities planned that get the children up and moving. Many teachers have been reflecting on how to bring more activity into other curricular areas, whether that means a history, science or maths trail, a nature walk, or dance movements to go with times tables!
Children with special needs are very well catered for in St Molaga’s school. They are included in all PE lessons and active pursuits. Many children with additional needs are afforded extra busy breaks and valuable opportunities to build up their fine and gross motor skills during the school day.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
In St Molaga’s we are lucky to have excellent and beneficial partnerships with many community groups. Since last year, groups that have come into the school to share their expertise and work with our children include: O’ Dwyers GAA, Balbriggan Rugby club, the FAI and Balbriggan boxing club. Children have also had cycle training, yoga, scooter training and Sports Conditioning. We also had a parent who generously shared her expertise in Basketball coaching. Many children in our school participated in Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rugby blitzes and competitions outside the school organised by our local clubs. We are hoping to continue to develop these partnerships in the years ahead and try to bring some new sports into the school as well.

ACTIVE SCHOOLS WEEK
We ran a wonderful Active Schools Week in St Molaga’s in 2017 and we are planning to run another in June 2018. There are many photos on the school blog of Active week 2017. This was a new initiative and has grown out of the Sports Days that classes participated in in the past.
Last year we had a very successful and popular Gymnastics, Dance and Skills display in the school hall. For many children, this was the first time they got the opportunity to showcase their talents in gymnastics, kick-boxing, karate, Taekwondo, ballet, Irish dancing etc. in school. We also had some terrific sports skills displays that included “keepie-uppies”, hurling skills (solo-ing, pucking, catching with one hand) and rugby skills. It was something we had never done before and both the participants and the audience were delighted with the outcome. This is certainly something that could become a fixture in the school calendar!
Other events that were part and parcel of Active week last year included a Gaelic Blitz for girls, two soccer leagues, two Pupils versus Teachers soccer matches, an obstacle course, basketball coaching, taster sessions in boxing, marathons, races, inter-class matches, Drop Everything and Dance and Drop Everything and Run.
We are greatly looking forward to another successful Active Week this year and hopefully we can continue to build on these successes going forward to make St Molaga’s the most active school in Balbriggan.

Remember, our new Active School Motto is:
HOP, SKIP, JUMP, PLAY,
LET’S BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY

Pat Browne Rugby Cup

6th Class boys and girls took part in the qualifying round of the Pat Browne cup (a tag rugby competition) in Balbriggan Rugby Club on Friday 4th May 2018. They played matches against other schools in the area. The team, captained by Shannon, put on a number of excellent performances to book the school a place in the final which will take place some evening in the next few weeks – date to be decided. All participants were awarded medals at the end of the day and St Molaga’s team were jubilant to get to the finals and to be given the chance to keep the Pat Browne Cup in our trophy cabinet for the coming year! Congratulations in particular to Charlie on his first time to wear the St Molaga’s jersey and represent his school in a sporting event! Well done to all the children for their excellent sportsmanship in congratulating all participating teams, and especially St. Georges who gave us a real run for our money in the final match! We are looking forward to the final in the coming weeks.

Check out these short video clips of the action on the day:

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Daily Laps

We have been running three laps of the Astro pitch almost every day since September. It is great exercise and we have al improved our fitness and speed. Earlier in the year we completed the Kids Marathon where we ran the last mile of a full marathon in Santry. We learned that a marathon is 26.2 miles or 42.195 kms.

Cycling Skills

We had Cycling Skills lessons with Mick and Shane every Tuesday for a month and a half. We learned lots of important cycle safety skills such as how to make turns safely, how to dress appropriately while cycling and where you should be positioned the road. We also learned how to read and understand different road signs. At the end we received a cycling certificate to show we completed the Primary School Training course from the Irish Centre for Cycling.

Active Transitions!

We work hard we dance hard! We love to show off our dance moves in between some of our lessons in school. Sometimes, we work so well that we to shake our body parts to refuel us during the day. It really helps us get energized for the next lesson and it’s great fun too. We dance to Irish songs and popular songs. We also say poems we have learned with actions we made up too. Who said learning was all about sitting still?!

 

Fanstastic Gymnastics!

 

Tumbles, bends, turns and twists… You name it, we can do it! We have been practising some of our best gymnastic moves this month! We have practised sequences and lots of balancing over the last 4 weeks and we get more and more confident each week. Have a look at some of the stations we worked on! It was great fun! You never know… Some day you might see us at the Olympics!

Action Stations!

Science in action!
Fourth Class have been learning about the respiration system over the last fortnight. Working in pairs, they investigated breathing rate and how it may be affected by relaxation and exercise. First, they measured their partner’s resting breathing rate. Then, they measured their breathing rate after a few minutes of meditation.
Finally, they measured each other’s breathing rate after running for several minutes. The results were quite surprising! Here are some photos of our scientists in action!
 
Green Schools Scooter Training
The fourth class pupils all enjoyed their Green Schools Scooter Training, which took place in school last Thursday. The weather was beautiful so we ended the day with a game of soccer on the astro pitch.

Fingal Football League

SENIOR  BOYS  GAELIC  TEAM

On the Gaelic Team it is quite fun and we have great managers and equipment. We train a lot and very hard.

In our first game we played against Realt na Mara. We played very well and ended up in a good win.

In our second game we played against St. Pat’s of Skerries out on the big astro. It was a very sunny day and a very close game. In the end we won it by a very late point. It was a very good game.

In our third game just a week ago we played against St. Olivier Plunketts from Malahide. We didn’t have a great start and it ended up to cost us.

Next game was a quarter final against Olivier Plunketts the team that had just beaten us. If we won this game we would be straight through to the semi finals  and if not we would have a play-off to get through. We played a great game but so did the opposition. We lost by a few points.

Our next game will be on this week and if we win were one game away from Parnell Park.

Jake

MOLAGA’S GIRL’S  GAELIC  TEAM  2018

Playing for the school team is an honour. You learn new skills and make lifelong friends. Playing for the school team has definitely helped me develop into the player I am today. Playing for the school team is an amazing experience and hopefully in the coming years more girls will play for the school team because the skills you learn are just amazing.

Win, lose or draw our coaches would be very proud but would always want more.

This year the Malaga’s girls team has been probably the best team yet. Unfortunately, we got knocked out by Howth. It was very tough but someone was going to win. Unfortunately, Howth won and that was us knocked out in the qualifiers for the semi-final.

On behalf of all of the girls we would like to thank our coaches, Ms. McGinley and Ms. Geraghty. Without them the team wouldn’t be here. They thought us skills that will help us all in our Gaelic careers. Thank you for everything.

Shannon