St Clare’s N.S. Ballyjamesduff

Home » Active School Progress 2017-2018

Active School Progress 2017-2018




Getting in Shape with 2D shapes

We are getting active at every opportunity in 4th Class! While learning about 2D shapes we danced along to the song ‘Getting in Shape with 2D shapes”. Whether it was ‘push ups with the hexagon’, ‘sit ups with the oval’ or ‘lunges with the octagon’, we were stretching our bodies and our minds!

Here is the link if you want to try it yourself: 



Tug of War Blitz

3rd and 4th Class took part in a Tug of War Blitz in Stradone Community Centre on Thursday the 14th of December 2017. The Blitz was organised by the Cavan Sports Partnership and The Tug of War Association of Ireland. Lots of other local schools participated in the blitz and the students had some tough competition to beat! We entered 5 teams of 5 students. After battling it out, match after match, our boys’ team put in a magnificent win over St. Felim’s NS in Cavan town and took home the trophy for first place!! We even made it into the local paper ‘The Anglo Celt’!! Take a look at some of the photos from the blitz below.



Santa Dash!!

We held our Santa Dash on 20th December and brightened up Ballyjamesduff with all our fabulous Christmas attire. Before we set off, we did a warmup in the hall. Here we are getting all ready for our run!!!

Playground Leaders

Our 6th class playground leaders are back up and running in the infant playground teaching lots of fun new games to the younger children!

Friday Fitness Fun is back!!

With such big numbers in our school there was not enough room to play with the sports equipment on yard at break times. As a result, last year we decided to use the hall to create a ‘zoned’ area for the students to play.  Classes rotated every Friday and this worked really well.

This year the students will be delighted to play with some of the new sports equipment such as space hoppers, trampolines and a large Velcro target board!!


Fun Fitness Fridays Timetable

The following dates are allocated for each class to use the GP room and PE Equipment for Fun Fitness Fridays!

 Everybody can check below to see when their class is on!

Date Class Date
Friday 8th December Mrs. Fitzpatrick 6th Friday 25th May
Friday 16th December Mr. Smith 6th Friday 1st June
Friday 12th Jan Ms. O’Growney 5th Friday 8th June
Friday 19th Jan Mr. McTeggart 5th Friday 15th June
Friday 26th Jan Ms. Carroll 4th
Friday 2nd Feb Ms. Sullivan 4th
Friday 9th Feb Mrs. Murphy 3rd
Friday 23rd Feb Ms. Boylan 3rd
Friday 2nd March Mrs. Smith 2nd
Friday 9th March Ms. McDaid 2nd
Friday 16th March Ms. Mulvey 1st
Friday 13th April Ms. Brady 1st
Friday 20th April Mrs. Brown Senior Infants
Friday 27th April Ms. McAleer Senior Infants
Friday 4th May Ms. Macken Junior Infants
Friday 11th May Ms. McCahey Junior Infants
Friday 18th May Ms. Cooney Junior Infants



Rugby Blitz

5th and 6th class had a great time learning all about tag rugby when a coach visited our school from Virginia Rugby Club. A lucky few also got to compete in a tournament in Virginia and done really well…we can’t wait to TRY it again!”



Gaelic Football Coaching

5th Class have had a great time learning the skills needed to be a great Gaelic footballer this December – are we looking at some future All-Ireland winners?!!



New P.E. Equipment for St. Clare’s!!


Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of last year’s hardworking Student Council, we have been able to make a substantial investment in much-needed P.E. equipment for our school. While the taste of last April’s bake sale treats has been long forgotten, the money raised on that day has made a terrific contribution to our delivery of the P.E. curriculum. Staff and pupils compiled their P.E. equipment wish list and we were delighted to be able to make many of those wishes come true-the wide selection of equipment purchased includes new javelins, beanbags, footballs, training bibs, rugby balls, a Unihoc set, foam balls, soft-toss discs, scooter boards, a tag rugby set, plastic balls, a bowling set, two parachutes and a new pair of Samba goalposts as well! A huge thanks to everyone who supported our Bake Sale in April-we are incredibly grateful to you all. Pictured above with our brand new P.E. resources are the pupils who served on last year’s Student Council so commendably, the ever-enthusiastic members of our Active School Committee who continue to make our school a more active place to be and some of our senior P.E. monitors who ensure that all our P.E. resources are well-maintained throughout the year. We can’t wait to start using our new equipment and we are now looking forward to our action-packed, fun-filled P.E. lessons even more than we usually do!

Zombie Walk

We had our Zombie walk on Friday 27th October. Many ghouls, ghosts and other frightful creatures were spotted walking around St. Clare’s that day. The walk was a great success and the children really enjoyed it and  we were accompanied by some parents along the way. Our very own Tinkerwell put a silence spell on  everyone just before we left  and then we marched off on our spooky journey. It was a spooktacular event!!!!