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Active School Week 8th  – 12th April 2019

The Active School Committee worked hard to organise another fun packed Active Week for 2019.

On Monday morning we kicked things off with a whole school 10@10 activity.

On Tuesday, Impulse Gymnastics Club gave training sessions to Junior Infants, Senior Infants and first class.

On Wednesday we had a WOW day, Teacher Versus Pupil Dodgeball and BeActive after school club.

On Thursday, “Tree Frog Yoga” came in to give a free taster session to third class and we also officially launched our ‘Active Walkway’.

On Friday,” Dee Disco Domes” kindly joined us for Active Week 2019 and classes from Junior Infants to second class got to enjoy some bopping and bouncing in the Disco Domes. We also dressed up as our favourite sports stars!

After listening to all of the fantastic suggestions in the student and parent surveys, we asked the teachers if they would swap regular homework for active homework for the week and they all agreed!

We were also allowed to bring in our own sports equipment from home to play with on yard at break time!

Everyone had a great week full of fun, activity and exercise!



Gymnastics with Junior Infants

WOW Day 10/4/19

Teacher Versus Pupil Dodgeball 2019!

Line Up Drama Game on Yard with 1st and 2nd class

At the end of break the students had to line up according to height! The quickest and the quietest line won a homework pass!

Sports Equipment

For Active Week the students were allowed to bring in their own equipment from home!


Yoga with 3rd Class

Noeleen from Tree Frog Yoga very kindly came in to do some yoga with Ms. Fitzpatrick’s and Ms. Murphy’s Third Class.

Dee Disco Domes

Dee Disco Domes came back again to St clare’s for Active Week 2019. The children absolutely love the disco domes and it is a great way to get in some exercise!

Dress up As your Favourite Sports Star

To finish off Active Week 2019 the children came to school dressed as their favourite sports star. Have a look at some of our very own football players, tennis pros and ballerinas!

Active School Week 23rd – 27th April 2018

‘Archery Session’ with the Cavan Archers Club

Today 6th class took part in an Archery Session with the Cavan Archers Club. They gave a brief talk about Archery, the different type of bows and very importantly health and safety when using the equipment! Students from both Mr. Smith’s class and Ms. Fitzpatrick’s got to the opportunity to take turns shooting arrows.

Take on the Teachers Dodgeball 2018

On Wednesday the children finally got their own back in ‘Take on the Teachers Dodgeball’. The stakes were raised even higher with a one night homework pass up for grabs. The teachers took an early lead in the first game, but the students dug deep and with some powerful throws of the ball drubbed the teachers with a 3-1 victory!!

Tug of War

Due to the huge popularity of ‘Tug of War’ last year, Ballinagh Tug of War club came back to St. Clare’s again for Active Week 2018.  Christina and Tammie who played for Ireland on the national Tug of War team were fantastic and gave the students some great advice on how to improve their technique. Have a look at some of the photos below!


We had another great turn-out for our WOW day on Wednesday the 25th of April. Lots of students, parents, teachers and members of the community joined in on the walk. Getting a bit of fresh air and exercise in the morning is great to help with concentration during the day. There is always a very positive, happy mood during WOW days and it’s a great way for the community to get together and have a chat on the way to school!

Dress up as your favourite Sports Star

On the final day of Active Week, the students dressed up as their favourite sports star.  We had hurlers, tennis players, boxers, basketball players, wrestlers and football stars to name just a few! Future stars in the making!!

Fun Run Around the School

The Sun was shining for our ‘School Run’ on Wednesday. The kids had a great time running off some energy! The objective is to start small and build on our progress each week, improving our fitness with increased speeds and distances raced!

Disco Domes

Local business ‘Dee Disco Domes’ came to our school for the final day of ‘Active Week’ and what a day it was!! The kids absolutely loved the Disco Domes. Students from Junior Infants to 2nd class were each allocated a half our slot on the 2 domes and jumped and bounced to their hearts content. All the teachers agreed that that it was super exercise for the kids and well as been great fun! And of course when the students went home at 3pm….it was the teachers turn!! Have a look at some of the photos below!

Active School Week 24th – 28th April 2017

Monday: Whole School Ten at Ten

We did a whole school 10@10 activity on Monday Morning. All students got plenty of exercise while having fun for 10 minutes at 10 o’Clock!

Tuesday: Tug of War workshop with the Irish Tug of War Association

The Irish Tug of War Association came to our school today with former Irish national Tug of War team member, Christina Kenny! She did an amazing job coaching the 3rd and 4th class. Tug of War is a new sport introduced in school this year for Active Week and we hope to play it during PE lessons and on Sports Day! Christina even gave us a new Tug of War Rope! Thank you!

Wednesday: Be Active 2nd Class

We have been running Be Active for a few years now and its always a very popular after school Programme. Thank you to all the parents who volunteer their time as activity leaders!

Thursday: A Question of Sport Intercom Quiz 3rd – 6th Class)

Well done to Patrick Slowey and Kyle Byrne in fifth class, joint first place winners of ‘A Question of Sport, St. Clare’s Edition’. With a score each of 26 out of 30, they sure know their sports trivia! Click on the link to have a look at the quiz questions…how many can you answer??!

A Question of Sport St. Clare’s Edition

Friday: Whole School Walk around the Convent grounds (Nuns Walk)

We finished off Active Week 2017 with a lovely walk around the convent grounds. However lots of students do love running down that hill!!


Active Week 10th-18th September 2016

(in conjunction with European Week of Sport)

Move it Monday

Our first event of the week was Move it Monday where we all simultaneously responded to the intercom countdown to ‘Drop Everything and Move’ from 12-12.10pm. Some danced, others jogged, many exercised, a few used GoNoodle, but everyone moved nonstop until time was up and we were all tired out!

Try it Tuesday

Try it Tuesday involved introducing all children to a new way of being active and we were delighted to welcome Mr. Brian Coleman, a personal trainer from BC Fitness, Ballyjamesduff to our school not just on Tuesday, but on every afternoon during the week to conduct a fitness session with each class. What incredible workouts we all got to experience and despite a few aching muscles afterwards, these fitness sessions were thoroughly enjoyed! Sincere thanks to Brian for his energy, enthusiasm, encouragement and most importantly for freely giving up his own time to work with us in St. Clare’s each afternoon for the entire week-it was truly appreciated! BC Fitness-thanks for making fitness fun!!

Who Will Win Wednesday

Competition was rife and tension was in the air at midday on Wednesday as ten brave staff members lined out against our ten-strong pupil team for a tightly matched game of Dodgeball. One pupil represented each of our ten classes from 2nd to 6th, all of whom congregated in the school hall to support their class player. Mr Smith set out the rules, our neutral referee Ms. Coleman got the game underway and what fun we had. The balls were lobbed, the cheering deafened and the excitement escalated as the first match was claimed by the staff squad and the second by the pupil panel. The final match, the decider was a nail-biting conclusion to our first-ever pupil-teacher challenge. Who emerged triumphant? The teachers!!!

Team Work Thursday

For Teamwork Thursday everyone worked together to complete ‘Climb the Heights’ Skipping Challenge to see how many of Europe’s mountains that our school could climb. Each class skipped for fifteen minutes, counted their total number of skips and selected the European mountain they had climbed on a poster in the hall as each skip equalled an ascent of 1m. How fit we are and what a brilliant team we have in St. Clare’s as we managed not alone to climb every single mountain in Europe but far exceeded the total number of skips (which was 60,151) required to do so. With a total of just over 98,000 skips between all of our 450 pupils, we also reached the summit of the four highest mountains in the world: Mount Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse! Well done everyone-we make one superb team. Together Everyone Achieves More-and that we did!

Fitness Friday

Fitness Friday found all classes completing ‘The Loop’ walking trail behind our school. Led by Mrs. Flood-Clarke, we all set off together at 11.15am and a few of the more energetic classes even managed to complete the route twice! What a lovely and lively end to a wonderful week it was.