Extra Curricular Activities
Children from 1st - 6th classes have six swimming lessons throughout the year, usually in the last term. This is part of the aquatics strand of the P.E Curriculum.
We have an athletics track which is used regularly for P.E. lessons as well as the Daily Mile initiative. We also have an astroturf and a fully equipped playground.
We host many Sports Days throughout the year where children are encouraged to try out activities such as parachute games, playground games, athletics- running, long jump, shot-put, javelin, hurling, Gaelic, soccer, tag rugby and many more.
We have different coaches for soccer, football and hurling also visiting our school.
Padriac Collins teaches music to all classes throughout the year as part of the Music Generation Initiative. He also provides after school music lessons fro children form 4th-6th classes.
Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First class are learning to sing with Padraic. Second and Third Classes are learning to play the ukulele. Fourth and Fifth got the choice of playing the mandolin or banjo, while Sixth Class children chose guitar or box accordion. Padraic also teaches music after school every Wednesday in Tarmon NS.
Ms Connolly teaches draughts after school each week.
Tim Clarke coaches tennis throughout the year. This is part of the P.E. Curriculum.
We sow a school garden and children are invited to develop their gardening skills in our polytunnel. Each class have a role in the school garden including planting vegetables and flowers, weeding, composting, feeding the chickens. Outdoor lessons are also held in our beautiful new outdoor classroom.
We go on educational trips throughout the school year, especially the Senior Pupils and we all enjoy our school tour in the last term. We produce a Christmas Concert bi-annually.
The children are encouraged to participate in quizzes and a wide variety of sports including gaelic football, hurling, rugby, soccer, table tennis, basketball, cross country running, rounders, hockey and Community Games.
We enjoy a healthy relationship with St. Michael’s school. During the year children from St. Michael’s school visit us and we visit them. This is a very worthwhile exercise for both schools.
We normally have a Book Fair before the Halloween break. We dress up for Halloween.
We make St. Bridget’s Crosses, pancakes etc in honour of the different Catholic Calendar Celebrations. There is usually a display in the front hall inkeeping with our Catholic Ethos. We participate in various activities during Catholic Schools Week and we have regular prayer services in our school hall and over Zoom since 2020. Fr John Mc Manus is a regular visitor to our school and plays an active part in the children's spiritual formation.
We are active participants in Science Week and enjoy hosting Science Fairs for the whole school to enjoy. We participate in the Discover Science Initiative, which promotes Junior Science activities in the classroom. We received a Science Excellence Award in 2009 and 2014. Most recently in 2022 we were awarded with a plaque of excellence from Science Foundation Ireland for our work in STEAM education.
Senior pupils also participate in STEAM workshops in conjunction with engineers from Harmac where they explore skills such as problem solving, communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Children design and make marble runs, windmills, electrical circuits and much more.
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