Children and adults around the world have played with hula hoops for centuries. Here at Drumraney N.S., the children have been experimenting with and trying to reinvent the classic hula hoop. They never tire of trying to master the skill of spinning the hoop around their waist/arm/leg/neck or skipping with the hoop but they love nothing more than trying to think up new and creative tricks to try with the hoop.
The children really enjoyed their gymnastics session today with Elisha Colgan (Gymnastics Ireland Club Coach of the Year 2017) from Athlone Gymnastics Club. Gymnastic is a great sport to develop balance, co-ordination, flexibility and strength.
The Irish Tug of War Association has recently partnered up with Active School Flag (ASF) initiative.
As part of this collaboration, they have been running a school development program in participating schools around the country.
Today we had a visit from Cathy O’Toole who gave us a demonstration on how to pull tug of war. After the demonstration she presented the school with a junior rope to use with the children in our own time.
Tug of war is a non-contact sport where team work is far more important than any one individual and where every member of the team is equal. It is a fun and accessible team sport for children of all ages and abilities. It was great to introduce the children to an exciting new sport while they are at an age where they are trying out new sports and hobbies.
The children really enjoyed their RINKA session this week. RINKA classes offer an alternative approach to developing fitness because there is no element of competition whatsoever. They do not focus on the fastest runner or strongest footballer but rather encourage each child to develop at their own pace.
They focus on making fitness fun for all, not just for the children who love sport already. The children also learned about the importance of healthy diets and making healthy lifestyle choices.
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A link to our Child Safeguarding Statement for 2019 is attached below.
The Healthy Heroes Lunch Club is a lunchtime club for pupils who set up lunchtime activities for their classmates and the younger classes. During lunch, the club meets to eat together and talk about nutrition informally through teacher led discussion. The children then take over to run the activities building on those suggested and developing their own club games.
This programme will help to encourage children to change their eating habits, to educate them about nutrition and boost their activity levels at lunchtime, all whilst having lots of fun.
By involving children in the Healthy Heroes Lunch Club, it ensures that they will learn lots about nutrition and the importance of staying active, and we hope that they share their excitement and vital nutritional messages with their families and friends.