Active School News
Christmas Themed Active Day
On Tuesday, December 20th, all classes took part in activities with a Christmas theme. Unfortunately due to bad weather we had to remain in the hall for these activities. Everyone had great fun while being active and each class had the chance to compete with another class to complete the task. Junior and senior infants had to hang their santa hats on a clothes line in a relay race, first and second class had to throw as many newspaper snowballs as they could in a given time, third and fourth class had to match the christmas cards that were scattered around the hall and fifth and sixth class had to collect up the letters and solve the puzzle. Everyone enjoyed themselves and were glad to have an energetic break inspite of the bad weather. See gallery for all the photos of the day.
GAA Skills Competition, Cloghan. November 30th 2016
Well done to Ciaran Maguire, Daithi Treanor, Morgan Coyle and Tom Doherty who represented St. Michael's N.S. at an all-county skills competition held in Cloghan on Nov. 30th. It was a very foggy and cold day but despite the bad weather, the boys gave a good account of themselves and finished up in 4th place out of 20 schools. The skills involved on the day were kicking accuracy into a marked zone, scoring accuracy using both weak and strong foot, a rounders type game testing kicking and fielding of the ball and finally a 5v5 game. Well done to all involved.
New storeroom for new equipment
We have received a delivery of new pe equipment lately. The new equipment includes basketballs, footballs, bibs, badminton rackets, volleyballs etc. The committee thought it was best to clean out an existing storeroom and keep this equipment for pe classes only. The cleaning of the storeroom has taken place and the "after" photos will follow shortly. Please see "before" photo below. Thanks to Mr. Baxter and active school committee members who helped in the cleaning and blowing up of the new balls.
Thanks to Coral Leisure, Monaghan
Just a word of thanks to Sharon from Coral Leisure, Monaghan who provided 5 weeks of coaching in soccer, games, basketball and gaelic football. The coaching was enjoyed by all. See gallery for photos of the different activities.
On the day of the halloween holidays, October 28th, we had fun activities with a halloween theme in the yard . The committee got together and came up with ideas for competitive games for the classes. Junior and Senior infants had a pumpkin relay where the children had to run with a squeaky pumpkin between their knees. First and second class had a broom relay. Third and fourth class had to wrap a mummy in toilet paper and fifth and sixth class had to collect up all the skeleton pieces and reassemble it in the right way-this proved a difficult task as the first job was to find all the pieces that were scattered around the big yard. See pictures below of a fun-filled day of activity.
All entries are now in for our Active Schools Motto. The Active Committee will judge entries during the week and the big announcement will be made at the school assembly on Friday Oct. 28th. Watch this space for results.
Check out all these entries. It's going to be a tough job to decide on a winner! Good luck everyone.
Maths week Oct. 17-21st
Second, third and fourth class competed with each other in a very active maths trail during the week. Not alone were the children showing off their maths expertise but they were getting fit and climbing mountains at the same time!
All the classes, Ms. Quinn, Ms. Mc Phillips and Mrs. Doherty skipped together for about half an hour to climb the highest peaks in Europe. So far, we have climbed the highest peaks in Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta and The Netherlands. A grand total of 781 skips were achieved and it is hoped to go all the way and climb the highest peak in Europe which is Mt. Blanc in France ( 4810m )
1 skip= 1metre.
The children have taken to the P.E homework very well. Most are not only doing the homework on one day a week, as required, but on all four homework days such is the enthusiasm for getting fit and healthy. The active committee went around all the classrooms and demonstrated each exercise to the children before the homework was sent home. An explanatory note was also sent home.
Active School Committee meeting 6/10/2016
Our third meeting of the new school year was a very busy and active one. We discussed the beginning of Active Yard for the first time this year on Oct 7th 2016. We talked about our new P.E. homework schedule and the new active schools motto competition. We took delivery of new sports equipment during the week and we hope to open, log and store this equipment in the coming days.
Active yard leaders this month are: Louise Mc Elvaney, Ciaran Maguire, Oisin Mc Phillips, Amy Perkins, Bridie Smyth
St. Michael's students out and about at the weekend- 1/2 October
Well done to some of our pupils involved in sporting events over the weekend.
Congratulations to Eoghan Farrell, Aaron Brabazon, Oisin McPhillips, Daniel Boyd, Tristan Keelan, Tom Doherty and Matthew McGuinness who all attended an U-10 tournament held at Monaghan Harps GFC on Sat. Oct. 1st. Seans and Drumhowan made it to the shield final with Drumhowan narrowly shading the victory. Well done boys!
Well done to Hannah McCabe who was on the girls U-12 winning team who beat Tyholland in the final last weekend too. Congratulations Hannah!
Finally, well done to Pete Mc Guirk who took part in a 6th class Gaelic football blitz which was held in Castleblayney last weekend too. Great work everyone!
The active school committee for 2016/2017 is:
Hannah Mc Cabe
Ellie Mc Elvaney
Conal Mc Nelis
#Be Active Schools Campaign 2016
What a week of activity we are after having in St. Michael's. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the activities during the week.
We kicked the week off with Move -it-Monday. All classes took part in circuits to music in the hall or in the yard.
On Tuesday, the challenge was to try a new sport on the yard, and I can now confirm that skipping is the new fashion in St. Michael's.
On Wednesday, We walked it out with a smile on our faces. We enjoyed the fresh air and caught up on the news with our friends.
On Thursday, class rivalry came into play when classes challenged each other in various activities.
Junior Infants v Senior Infants in a welly throw
1st class v 2nd class in 3-in -row
3rd v 4th in shooting the hoops
5th v 6th in Grab the Flag.
On Friday, we finished the week with the "Take on the Teachers" challenge where the Active Schools Committee took on the teachers in the Water Race. After a valiant effort, the committee were just pipped at the post by the teachers.
Well Done everyone for giving 100% effort.
Active School Week April 25th-29th 2016
Monday: Active Yard with staff
Tuesday: GAA skills with Ann Mc Kenna
Wednesday: Dance with Lesley-Ann
Thursday: GAA skills and fundamentals with Peadar Farrelly.
Friday: Gymnastics with Sandra (Monaghan Sports Partnership), "Mile with a Smile" and healthy snack at finish line.