All of us at Letterkenny Educate Together NS are so lucky to be part of a wonderful local community. Many members of our community are involved in making our school the special place that it is and sharing their talents so that our pupils can experience lots of different activities.
As part of our Sports Day activities some of these community members generously give their time to come to our school and do activities with the children. This year we decided to ask our volunteers to get involved in a different way!! Read all about our exciting initiative here!
National ‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place every April and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children.
This year (2020), because of COVID-19, it is not possible for this to go ahead so we are asking you to join our school to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week‘ challenge instead. Our school is running a Virtual Ks on the 1st of May challenge. Find out more here and please get involved.
Our school was awarded the Active School Flag in May 2018. An Active School is a school that strives to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
Here is a short overview of some of our activities.
Letterkenny Educate Together Sports Council 2018/19
We are the Sports Council at Letterkenny Educate Together National School and we represent our school in all things sporty. We have been very busy this year spreading our Active School message. We did a presentation in February 2018 for our whole school during assembly to tell all the children and adults in our school what we are doing to help make our school an Active School. We were nervous but enjoyed the experience and we answered lots of questions from children in the audience.
We wrote sports articles for our local paper to let the public know how we are being active in our school. We wrote about all the people from the community who came to our school to teach us how to keep our bodies fit and healthy by exercising and eating healthily.
Active School Flag
Our school worked hard to get our second Active Flag in 2018. We were very excited to launch it in our new school! There are so many benefits that come with being active; the obvious health benefits, increased self-esteem, greater concentration levels, along with the development of teamwork skills!
Our Sports Council have been working hard gathering information about all the active clubs that our school‘s children are involved in outside of school. At the moment, 32% of the children in LETNS are involved in clubs. Well done!! We will continue to provide opportunities to be active in school along with in their weekly homework. We would love to encourage a greater population of the school to be active outside of school hours. Under the ‘Active School Flag’ heading on our school website, there are many links to clubs that may be of interest to your child.
Here are some achievements children have made outside of school.
There is a new physical literacy programme being introduced to all schools across Ireland. Recently, staff members attended a course and were shown a video entitled ‘5 More Years’. It makes an interesting watch and really highlights the need for us, as a school community, to try and be more active.
If any parents have ideas or would like to get involved in fostering ‘Being Active’ in our school we would love to hear from you. Maybe you might have an interest in a particular sport and would be willing to share some of your knowledge! As always, thank you for all your continued support.
The Physical Education curriculum allows for an hour of physical activity each week for each class. We teach all 6 strands each year: Athletics; Dance; Gymnastics; Games; Outdoor and adventure activities; and Aquatics.
As well as teaching Physical Education lessons in LETNS we strive to encourage physical activity throughout the day. Ideas vary from year to year but we have had ‘a scoot to school day’, ‘walk on Wednesday’, Dancing, playground soccer and we successfully completed a 6 week Operation Transformation programme in 2018.
- We take regular activity breaks: K A Day and Wake Up/Shake Up/10@10. Watch our 10@10 video.
- We have active lines. We keep busy when we are lining up and do a variety of exercises such as star jumps, high knees, running on the spot etc…
- We have special days that focus on encouraging activity.
- We encourage staff and pupils take an active approach to all aspects of their day.
- Our staff have a walking / running group.
- We run a Couch to 5k which parents, staff & pupils are welcome to participate in.
- We had a sponsored walk in March 2018 to raise funds for PE equipment.
We encourage our students at LETNS to get involved in activities outside of school. Involvement in a local club is most likely to encourage lifelong participation in a sport or activity. Basketball, table tennis, swimming, GAA, Creative Dance and Athletics are amongst the options locally and our students get a taste for these activities in their PE lessons and during Get Active Week. This variety of activities allows each child to find something active that suits them and their personal interests! See below a list of sports clubs in our locality.
- Swilly Seals
- Letterkenny Rovers
- Bonagee United Football Club
- Letterkenny Athletic Club
- Letterkenny Gaels GAA
- Letterkenny Tennis Club
- Naomh Adhamhan CLG
Our school has formed lots of partnerships with local schools. We recently had Ballyraine NS over for some sports activities.
In 2018 we participated in the Operation Transformation Project. During the Project we worked in partnership with over 40 individuals and community organisations to foster an atmosphere of health and fitness in our school. Our motto for the project was Healthy, Happy, Learn. Our whole community participated in the project and were educated in many areas which focus on our Active School policy.
Active School Week
Every year we have an active schools week – including lots of activities throughout the week and a whole day dedicated to sports and fun! This is a sample of our get active week timetable Our get Active Week is usually in May. Sports Day & Races are scheduled for May & June. Check back here for more updates and photos in our final term!
See our school facebook page to catch up on all our Get Active activities!
Pupil Opinions on our Active School Activities gathered by our Sports Council
‘Everyone loved exercise week – from push ups to jumping jacks everyone had great fun’
‘the exercise helped us to drink more water’
‘We loved learning the different exercises’
‘The children and staff really enjoyed the walk to Emmet’s gym. We were all very excited to see and use the equipment’
‘It was fun trying to beat your high score on all the different exercises’
‘We had so much fun this week trying to eat healthily and learning about making/cooking and eating healthy foods.’
‘The monster salad was fun and tasty – Here’s how to make it – Face (a round wrap), Hair (spinach, broccoli), Eyes (cucumber, olives), Nose (cherry tomato) Teeth (carrots, apples).Then eat and enjoy!’
‘Danny impressed us with his skipping and balancing.’
‘Ballyraine NS came in and we played with them and did sports too.
‘You can be healthy easily by just playing outside’
‘This was the funest time I’ve ever had in school’
‘I found out what burpees are!’