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Active School Week 2015-2016

On 29 June 2016 we raised the Active School Flag after Mr. Michael O’ Callaghan visited the school for our accreditation visit. He spoke to several teachers and the committee about the different project and challenges and he looked at the school’s PE policy. He also watched different classes doing activities. He was really impressed. Each time a challenge was completed during the school year, certificates were presented.

Active School Activities

  • Drop everything and move – at least once during each school day the children heard this instruction from the teacher.
  • Active homework – every Monday night there was an active component to be done for homework.
  • Climb the Heights – in this individual challenge the children skipped to the top of various landmarks, such as Mount Leinster = 2612 ft in Ireland, but also the 5 highest buildings in the world and even Mount Everest! Every skip equals one foot in measurement.
  • Complete the Wicklow Way – in this class challenge various routes had been measured within the school grounds. Each classroom group had a 10 minute slot during the day when they walked/jogged/hopped/skipped, etc. along a route chosen by their teacher. The distance covered was multiplied by the number of pupils in that classroom each day. Totals were combined until the full distance (127 km) had been completed. As there was a climb of 10,666 ft on the Wicklow Way, 4th, 5th and 6th classes completed this climb by skipping. A bouncy slide was the reward to completing the Wicklow Way challenge.
  • Live Life Donal Walshe School Marathon - Pupils from 3rd to 6th class ran this marathon on the beautiful grounds of Huntington Castle. Read more and see some photos
  • Walk on Wednesday
  • Active Schools Week - school tour and sport days (football,basketball, hurling/camogie, swimming, soccer, golf, and Zumba dancing).
  • Big Travel Challenge - this National event encouraged pupils to use a 'Green' mode of transport to school. We chose Park and Stride and encouraged pupils to walk to school.
  • A six-week after school circuit training programme for staff.

Watch the photostory Ms O’Brien made of the activities. Also take a look at some photos.

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