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 like to try it out myself” says Bean Uí Shuilleabháin