Active Week 2019

05/12/2019 18:48

St. Michael's was a hive of activity last week- May 7th-10th 2019 for our annual Schools Active Week. We hoped for pleasant weather and although that wasn't to be, our children took part in all activities with enthusiasm and excitement.

On Tuesday, Elaine Keogh "The Jungle Body" kicked off the week with a high energy zumba workout to music.  The children loved it and we were all wrecked after the session. In the afternoon, Ms. Arlene Coyle demonstrated gymnastic moves and we all got to try them out. Children got to roll, do handstands and headstands, balance on the bench, walk the tightrope and do a variety of walks such as the crab walk, bear walk and duck walk. This was a great session and enjoyed by all.

On Wednesday, we went off to The Peace Link in Clones for an activity day. The weather wasn't good but that didn't dampen the energy of the Corcaghan children. We tried all manner of sports such as uni-hoc, rounders, obstacle course, tug-of-war, shot putt, javelin and running. The highlight of the day was getting to do a relay on the running track. I was delighted to see such talent and we definitely have some budding runners in the making.

On Thursday, Malcolm Allister began rugby coaching with all classes. It is hoped that, weather permitting, we can use the grass pitch for these sessions in the coming weeks. In the afternoon, Sharon and Orla came from Coral Leisure to test our fitness levels with their high octane activity session and they were delighted with how we all measured up. 

Finally on Friday, At 10am on the 10th of May, we did our 15 minute walk/run around the school. Dr. Niall Moyna hoped that all schools in Ireland would do so at that time and make it a habit during the school day. To this end, we walk/run for 15 minutes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week during the summer term. Following that, Ms Deery showed us some taekwondo moves and the children got to try them out. This was a great session and certainly something new to us in St. Michael's.

After 11am break, the Active committee led the whole school in a circuits class in the yard. Each member had a station and a different exercise to perform. We all rotated through the different stations. Afterwards, the committee treated us to a healthy fruit snack which we had in the yard thanks to the improving weather. Our last event of the week was the active quiz in the hall which is always very enjoyable. 

The committee and Ms. Doherty would like to thank all the children, coaches and parents for their enthusiasm and support of active week 2019.