Active Staff

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It is Active School week and while the children have been busy with Playball, Ultimate Frisbee, yoga, tennis and dance, the staff have been very active too.  The wellbeing and social committees organised a trip to Taney Lawn Tennis Club after school which was great fun!  Many staff have been trying to Walk on Wednesday and on 15th June the staff are meeting up for a lap of Marlay Park.

Hopefully after all this activity we will be ready for the 6th class vs staff Dodgeball match on Thursday!

Active Break Challenge

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All classes have spent the past four weeks completing our active break challenge.   They have focused on being active for at least one hour a day, and spending less time sitting, especially during the school day.  When it rained at break or lunch time our classes completed indoor activities such as dancing or Go Noodle.  Sixth class also had lots of fun using our walkway with their junior infant buddies.


We have been really fortunate to have Paul from DLR Sports Partnership working us over the past month.  He has been helping both first classes to develop their basketball skills.  The children have really enjoyed these sessions with Paul and there has been great excitement amongst the children each Friday as they participated with these lessons!  Paul is a past pupil of Taney School and has played basketball in America.  We hope that he will be able to work with some more of our classes before he goes to NYC to coach in June.

Our New Walkway!

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As we are working towards our second Active School Flag, we have been lucky enough to have been sent a Walkway pack.  You will probably see blue and green signs with letters, numbers, patterns and flags on them attached to walls around the school grounds!  Our new walkway will be a great help in continuing to inspire us to keep active as we come into the summer term.  It has come with a book, give use lots of ideas on how to use it, including maths, writing, handwriting, reading, mindfulness and of course orienteering.  Fourth Class helped to measure the walkway yesterday, it is 377m long!  We are looking forward to using it lots from now on!

Run Around Ireland Challenge 2022

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As part of our Active School Flag, all classes are participating in the Run Around Ireland Challenge 2022 for 4 weeks from 14th March until Easter.  Everyone runs every day and classes count the number of laps they complete.  Some classes are also clocking up laps as part of their active homework, which all classes complete every week.  The challenge involves ‘visiting’ famous landmarks in Ireland, so there are lots of interesting discussions and debates going on in classrooms about which landmark to run to next and children who have visited these places on their holidays are describing what they experienced there to their classmates.   This challenge has also been very beneficial for our maths, as sixth class used tablets to calculate the distance from Taney School to all the landmarks.  All classes are helping their teachers to total and keep a record of the number of laps they have run and how much further they have to go!

Active breaktimes

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In the last month our classes have been given some new skipping ropes and elastics to play with in the yard.  We have individual ropes and larger ropes for groups to play together.  Classes have taken some time to learn new skipping and elastics games and rhymes.  We also have new signs with ideas for games in the First and Second Class yard.  With all these activities, as well as our ball games going on, we certainly are having very active breaktimes!

Cycle Safety Course

6th Class have been very excited to begin their Cycle Safety course.  Last week we had a theory lesson in the classroom where we learned about rules of the road, safety measures etc.

Here is Mr. Ross’s class enjoying their first outdoor lesson on their bikes.

Run to Beijing

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From 4th – 20th February all of our classes participated in “Run to Beijing”.  This challenge, which coincided with the Winter Olympics, involved them recording their active minutes at home, running every day in school and focusing on being active at breaktimes.  Class teachers then logged these activities on the Run to Beijing website, bringing their classes on an interactive journey from Ireland to China, celebrating winter sports, Team Ireland and Chinese culture as they passed through checkpoints such as Chamonix and Innsbruck on the way.

In total our pupils travelled the equivalent of 77,367km!

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