In St Audoen’s NS children participate in the following:
As well as being a part of our Irish Culture and Tradition, hurling is the fastest field game in the world. So to play the game at a high level, you have to be very fit, strong and fast. Hurling develops our hand-eye co-ordination and balance. All this takes time and practice. We train our teams regularly in St Audoen’s, during and after school. Hurling is a game that can help keep people very healthy and skillful, it is great to be a member of a Hurling team and the GAA community. Our local club is Kevin’s GAA, Dolphin’s Park.
Soccer develops agility, speed and stamina, and also teaches children the importance of teamwork, so it can play an important part in your child’s physical and social development. During the year we take part in many soccer leagues for a variety of ages and skill levels. Soccer players need to be fit , training builds endurance and speed. Dribbling and shooting the ball develops agility and coordination. We train our teams regularly in St Audoen’s, during and after school.
In association with the Solas Project, Dublin 8 we participate in a Tag Rugby Blitz annually.With Solas Project Coaches, children are taught life skills and develop character through the vehicle of tag rugby. Confidence is nurtured and developed during training, culminating in the Tag Rugby Blitz which brings schools together and develops our friendships and relationships in the wider community. It is a wonderful experience.
Children learn to use all of their muscles in new ways, poses can be done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions. Children who have practice yoga often tell us that they concentrate better during the day, focus better on their activities, and feel stronger after a few weeks.
Yoga helps children achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body in a soothing environment. We encourage our students to act with mindfulness and with compassion, yoga compliments these values.
Yoga is so beneficial for children. As well as promoting physical strength it allows us to connect our bodies and minds.
Dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. In St Audoen’s NS there is a longstanding tradition of dancing during our playtime in the playground, older students teaching our younger students! Dance can help to alleviate fears related to performing in front of an audience boosting children’s confidence and self esteem. Regular dance practice can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina, the repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. In St Audoen’s NS, we run a dance programme each year for all classes with a professional Dance Teacher. The children love Shane’s dance class!