Being Active in St Audoen’s
by Mr Davern
We pride ourselves as being active in St Audoens. We have spent the last few years working hard to improve our fitness, health and well-being. Last year we achieved the Active Flag. We were delighted to receive this accolade and it has spurred us on to continue being active. Scroll down to the end of the blog to find out our latest active news.
We feel that we do lots of active things already, but are looking to constantly improve, with innovative and fun ways to develop PE in the school. There is already an active committee set up, which comprises of two children from each class, and together with Mr Davern, Ms Johnston and Ms O’Callaghan, these children will be working together to help create new active initiatives this year.
We spent January discussing what an active school should look like and how we could improve PE in our school. Each member of the committee reported back to their class for feedback. The first thing we decided to do was come up with slogans to help us spread the word about being active. Each class had their own interpretation and the standard was excellent. Well done to everyone!!
We have lots of great things planned for the rest of the year, with all the events leading up to our Active Week in May. So far, we have introduced new exciting sports on top of our normal programme. Look at the pictures below to see the Sam Maguire, soccer, tag rugby, zumba and gymnastics.
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Stay tuned for more cool Active initiatives. This month we are going to start “Drop Everything And Run”, start learning a whole school dance and continue using GoNoodle.
We have been very Active in the last Month. The school has embraced Drop Everything and Run
We have been running a mile every week. That works out at 15 laps of the school yard. Some classes have really improved their stamina.
The 6th class girls have done a superb job teaching the school the dance for our whole school flash mob dance.
Well done to the boys and girls who took part in the FAI 5 aside competition in Irishtown. Also well done to the boys who played their first competitive 11 a side game.
We also had great fun taking part in Powerball. It was a great way to test our shooting and accuracy.
Whenever it is wet outside or we have a spare moment we make sure we get our GoNoodle on!! We have had so much fun learning new dance moves and indoor exercise.
The Proclamation was a very exciting and interesting time. Thanks to Ms Fleming for teaching us Irish Dancing.
April 25th – 29th 2016
We had great fun during our Active School Week. There were lots of fun activities organised and we had something new and exciting to do every day!!
On Monday there was tag rugby. Some classes learned how to handle the rugby ball for the first time while the more experienced classes took part in tag games.
Each class participated in a soccer drills session. The pupils had great fun improving their dribbling, passing and shooting skills.
Wednesday was yoga day. Miss Quigley was a brilliant yoga instructor and the pupils really enjoyed all the new stretching techniques and meditation lessons during the day.
Shane, our local fitness instructor, visited us Thursday and ran some high intensity training sessions, reaction speed games and dodge-ball. It was great energetic fun.
Friday was obstacle course day. There were multiple stations set up around the yard. The children had a target to reach at each station before they could move on to the next. There was a climbing frame station, skipathon, target practice, bean bag hoop throw, ring toss, a cone collection race against the clock!
The St Audoen’s girls’ and boys’ football teams are continuing to play weekly games in the Inchicore Primary League.
What an incredibly active month we have had in St Audoen’s. Shane from D8 fitness was back for the month of May and it was great being involved in his high intensity training sessions for PE throughout the school. The focus of these sessions has included a combination of Athletics, Games and Gymnastics. Shane brings a wealth of fitness knowledge and his fun sessions have been very enjoyable.
We were also very honored this month to have a very special guest visit our school. Andy Lee the former WBO middleweight world champion visited the school to discuss his career and the importance of fitness in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. The students really enjoyed spending time with Andy and learning about the life of an elite athlete. We are very grateful to Andy for taking the time to visit us.
Thank you to the teachers and pupils at St Audoen's. A really enjoyable morning. https://t.co/zyAjN4ucih
— Andy Lee (@AndyLeeBoxing) May 12, 2016
Mr O’Loughlin has been training the hurlers all year and this Month they have been busy putting their skills into practice in the hurling blitz. The blitz comprises of teams with players from 1st class up to 6th playing together on mixed teams. The blitz has been taking place at the end of the school day with some highly entertaining games so far!
The annual Solus tag rugby blitz was on in UCD this year. We had a spectacular day of sunshine, which added to the overall enjoyment of the day. 5th and 6th class boys and girls took to the pitch to showcase all the skills they had learned with Stephen from Solas. The games came thick and fast and by the end of the day we were all out on our feet.
Another year and another whole school focus on being active and working towards our Active Flag. This year we have a new Active School Committee who have come together to help get the Active message across the school and help Mr Davern, Mr Finan and Mr O’ Doherty with ideas and suggestions.
Shane our new dance teacher is teaching dance every Thursday to all classes across the school. It has been great fun and the children are learning lots about warming up, stretching and putting combination moves together. As well as some freestyle moves thrown in during our warm downs!
We also planned a Numeracy/PE station trail in October. This was differentiated across to school and included every class each taking part in a 40 min session throughout one day. Mr Davern was in goal for the tables and penalty kicks station, Mr O’ Doherty took charge of the relay cone race station with the children responding to number bond, addition and subtraction questions. Mr Finan was on the skipping station using mental maths questions and the class teacher was over the bean bag throwing station focusing on their own maths areas.
Shane from Christchurch Fitness, a gym close to the school, came in to do a Croke Park hour with the teachers and snas. This was a great interactive sesssion, where Shane went through a range of warm ups, cool downs and dynamic stretching ideas which could be used for any PE session. He also went through animal movements and high intensity fitness techniques. We now have extra resources which we can now add to our PSSI lesson plans.
Mr Davern and Mr Finan attended the BeActive ASAP training in Scoil Caoimhin. This was very useful and we picked up some great exercise tips and a very handy resource folder to add to our planning.
3rd and 4th Class had great fun at the FAI 5 a side futsal competition in Irishtown and at the Inchicore blitz. They showed excellent commitment and ability throughout.
6th class have been busy since September with the Marathon Kids running club. This has been an excellent development of Drop Everything and Run. We worked closely with our LSP to organise this. Some children and Ms Kelly completed the final running event in the Phoenix Park. Well done to all who took part.
We had a very busy December in St Audoen’s. Stephen from Solas was in with 5th class to teach them tag rugby skills. The children learned how to play tag over a six week period. Not only did they learn the physical skills but time was spent working on the mental attributes needed to succeed in sport and life such as: character, teamwork, sportsmanship and responsibilities. At the end of the 6 weeks we got a chance to put these skills into practice against St James’s primary school in St Catherine’s sports centre.
Christmas PE stations followed on from our Halloween themed whole school event. This was another fun day with Mr Davern, Mr Finan and Mr O’Doherty running the stations. The stations were Christmas musical cones, Christmas hat tag and a Christmas tree dress up relay race.
Soccer, hurling and Gaelic football training are back in full swing. Mr Davern is taking soccer, Mr O’ Loughlin is taking hurling and Mr O’Doherty is taking Gaelic Football training.
Gymnastics is our strand focus this month and the children are really enjoying exploration of movement on the mats and benches. In 5th class we worked on symmetry of shape as well as handstands and kart wheels.
6th Class have also been busy on the mats working on body position using core strength and rigid movements
Operation Transformation and the 10@10 was a country wide initiative which At Audoen’s took part in. See the link:
We had great fun exercising as a whole school.
5th and 6th boys’ and girls’ football teams took part in the annual St Catherine’s blitz. We had a great experience with the other 14 schools who took part. The girls had a wonderful run in the competition winning both the 5th and 6th class finals. Making St Audoen’s double winners for the first time in the history of the competition.
The boys also performed admirably, with both 5th and 6th making the semi finals. There was a great attitude shown by both classes and we are very proud of their achievements and never give up mentality. Specials thanks to Liam Holland from Kevin St Garda station, David Rake from the FAI and Sharon Kelly from St Catherine’s, our Local Sports Partnership liaison.
Also this month, and with Spring in the air, we sorted through our sports shed. We gave it a good tidy and labeled all the different sports equipment for ease of access. A big thanks to Mr Finan, Ms Coughlan and members of the Active Committee for doing such a good job.
St Patrick’s Day was another great opportunity to be active in our School. We learned to do the Haka as Gaeilge and finished the day with Riverdance. We had great fun exercising our lungs and our legs!!
The boys and girls in the senior classes took part in the FAI national 5 a side competition on Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st of March. The boys won two games and lost games. They battled hard and showed a great mentality and team spirit. Mr Davern and Mr Finan were very proud of their performances.
The girls were immense in their performances too. They won six games in a row and came up against St Josephs in the semi-final. They ended up losing 1 0 to St Josephs, who eventually went on to win the final. It was a great time in the sunshine playing football and making new friends. Roll on the 11 a side matches!!! Check out the FAI twitter picture below:
St Audoens FAI 5aside Semi-Finalists
April and May 2017
These two months have been very active and exciting for St Audoens. Our 11 a side teams have been very busy playing in the Inchicore league. Well done to both the boys’ and girls’ teams who have played with honesty, guile and great team spirit. The girls’ team have a chance to make the final in Richmond Park in June.
We also had the pleasure of a visit from the Active Flag assessors Carol and Karen. They were welcomed warmly by our committee and we were delighted to be awarded the Active Flag!!!!
Karen was so happy with the active initiatives in the school that she invited us to participate in a Health Conference helping out at the Active School stand. We met some special guests on the day. Have a look below.
We have been back a month and it’s been very active in St Audoen’s. We are taking part in “Beat the Street”, tagging on and off around the city to show how far we have walked and cycled. It has been great fun and even the teachers and parents are taking part.
All our school teams are back training. Mr Doherty has been doing trojan work and the Gaelic footballers have been getting better and better. Keep up the good work lads.
We have started back “Drop Everything And Run”. This year we are equating every lap to a Km and using a map to see how far we can jog around Europe!
St Audoen’s had a blast on “National Fitness Day”. Unfortunately the students beat the teachers on the day! There was a great atmosphere in the school and well done to everyone who participated.
Our Active Council had their first meeting this month. We have a new committee and Mr Davern looks forward to their ideas and help in keeping St Audoen’s active.
Mr Davern and Ms Fleming really enjoyed taking part in the PDST training course on “FMS and Physical Literacy” through Drumcondra Education Center. We took alot from the session, which we look forward to feeding back to the teachers and implementing in our school.
October – December 2017
Lots of sporting occasions have taken place over the last few months. 3rd and 4th took part in an FAI 6 aside in Inchicore. They showed great attitude and spirit in their first organised games.
Shane has been teaching dance to all the classes and they have loved it. The children are learning how to warm up and stretch properly. They have also combined dance moves to create dances at the end of each session. There has even been a few dance offs!!
Our Christmas themed exercise stations were back again by popular demand. The sports council was adamant they be run again given the success and enjoyment last year. There were three stations: Santa hat tag, Christmas song statues and dress the elf relay races.
January 2018 – June 2018
We have had a very busy time in St Audoen’s keeping active. We are back jogging in the yard with Drop Everything and Run. We are working to develop our pace and stamina.
The girls and boys took part in the 5 a side blitz again this year. Two teams narrowly missed out in the finals. They gave an excellent account of themselves.
We are half way through our 11 a side soccer league. It is still all to play for and both teams are playing with great passion and sportsmanship.
We are having lots of fun in the yard at break times. Our Active Committee is organising fun games with the students.We are still dancing away in our dance shed and climbing on out jungle gym!!!
Shane is back from Christchurch Fitness too. He is doing 30 minute HIIT sessions with all classes. It has been really fun. The tug of war rope has even made an appearance!!
Mr Davern and Ms O’Brien completed the follow up session on Fundamental Movement Skills and will be feeding back this knowledge to the the teachers and students in St Audoen’s.
5th and 6th enjoyed the annual Solas Tag Rugby blitz in UCD
Our Active week was a huge success. We had a an obstacle course set up in the playground, played two 11 a side games in the Inchicore Primary League, continued our school World Cup competition, played dodgeball, and had a skipathon. Our annual mixed blitz between the school staff, pupils, Kevin Street Gardai and Shane from Christchurch Fitness was great fun. Check out our photos below
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