Fun in the Sun – Junior Infants

Lots of fun here in school on dry, sunny days! We had a little Teddy Bear’s picnic today, followed by creative drawings on our school yard with mega chalks!


Active school Week & Sports Day

Active school week was a success this year. The whole week was active and fun and sports day was particularly exciting for everyone! We hope you enjoy these snippets of all the fun!

 

Active School Week – Are you ready?

Next week it will be Active School Week here at Scoil Mhuire. We aim to include a variety of fun activities that everyone can enjoy. The girls will need to wear their track suit all week. We have a lot of activities planned, including:

  • Dance at 10;
  • Dance Fit;
  • Jigsaw Relays;
  • Zumba;
  • Teddy Bears Picnic (Infant classes);
  • School Circuit;
  • Table Tennis (rang 3);
  • Run 1k in a day;
  • “Sports for All Day” is planned for Tuesday!

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some fine weather. Check back on the school blog for reviews of the activities and some pictures of the children in action!


An Outdoor Classroom

Scoil Mhuire was awarded €1,500 by Cork County Council, through local Agenda 21, to fund the installation of an outdoor classroom! Local Agenda 21 offers funding to all sorts of local environmental projects through local county and city councils. Our project was to include a poly tunnel and an outdoor seating area where the children could learn about gardening and other topics outside!

Our local Men’s Shed were commissioned to make two large picnic benches for the school gardens. These are just perfect for a whole class to use for learning or picnicking!

After much planning, our poly tunnel was finally installed in January 2017. The installation was interesting to watch and took a few hours to do. Before the tunnel arrived our caretaker, Jimmy, dug two long trenches in the ground that would cover the plastic and keep it in place. Once the tunnel arrived, carefully positioned pipes went deep into the ground to ensure our tunnel would be safe in windy conditions – the frame was then attached to these pipes. Finally the plastic cover was pulled over the top and then down the sides and secured into the ground as our trenches were filled in again. Our tunnel has an irrigation system that allows us to water all the beds very easily – this was installed on the day. The finishing touches: a door was added to each end!  But, there was still quite a bit to do before any planting could begin….

We received a very generous donation of used scaffolding planks and these were “reused” to make raised beds for inside the tunnel – it’s always good to reuse old materials where possible! We also “reused” some old patio slabs between the beds inside the tunnel. Many thanks to Finbar O’Neil of O’Neil Concrete who very generously donated paving slabs and gravel. These were used to create a path from the school to the door of the poly tunnel.

Finally the planting could begin!!!

 

 


The New School Playground

Our fabulous school playground was built in September 2015 with funding from the annual school walk that was organised by the Parents and Friends Association. It marks our school’s 40th anniversary.

In 2004, the World Health Organisation recommended that high quality playground equipment should be made available to students for improved physical activity and fitness. An article by Claire Hennigan, appeared in the Irish Teacher’s Journal in 2015, emphasizing the importance and benefits of students having access to top quality playground equipment in schools in Ireland. We are delighted with our new playground equipment. Every day it enhances our children’s health and physical development. It is a core element of our health promotion framework.

The children in every class, from Junior Infants to sixth class, enjoy their weekly slot at the playground.

In the words of our students:

“It makes lunchtimes more enjoyable”

“We get to play with our friends in a new way”

“There are lots of different tasks to do”

“It is super-safe!”

“The colour blends in with the school environment”

“It is great fun!”

“We don’t mind waiting for our turn…it’s worth waiting for”

What some of the teachers have to say:

The girls love their day on the playground. They don’t forget!”

“The equipment is sturdy, well built and safe, it will be there long after the current students have moved on from Scoil Mhuire”

“I enjoy seeing an improvement in climbing skills and balance, particularly with the younger children”

“I’m so excited about it, I would to try it out myself” says Bean Uí Shuilleabháin
(Deputy Principal)