Muire Gan Smal Gets its First Active School Flag

Celebrations at Muire Gan Smal: Front from left: Tommy Begley, Raka Voveris, Dawid Kosiorowski, Lorcan Hickey, Mantas Makcinskas, Conor McCarthy, Julia Pilch, Amber Davis, Ciara Leen, Killian Birch, Tammy O’ Neil, Alysha Cronin, Pharrell Riordan-Deery, Sophia Dobrolinski, Cillian Kelly, Saoirse Birch, Ryan Whelan, Aaron O’ Brien, Julia Tulowiecka, Áine Enright, Leah Coffey-Teahan, Brendan Culhane, Jimmy Culhane and Corey Fleming. Back from left: Anthony McCarthy, Joshua McGrath, Dimitri Zogiopoulos, Gary Daly, Nollaig Collins, Isak Delee-O’Sullivan, Martyna Podraza, Logan Delee-O’Sullivan, Michal Andrzejewski, Robyn Hayes, Amy McCarthy, David Clifford, Keeva Ahern, Jillian Bobiles and Eilís Enright.

Just before the summer holidays began, Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School was awarded its first Active School Flag.

The flag was presented because both teachers and pupils succeeded in achieving a physically educated and physically active school community.

Much hard work went into this achievement under the leadership of Ms. O’ Leary, Ms. Sweeney, Michelle and the Active Schools Committee: Robyn, Katelyn, Keeva, Amy, Eilís, Christine and Naomi.

Working with Staff and Children

“They worked with the staff and children of the school to ensure we taught a broad and balanced PE curriculum and helped us plan, implement and monitor improvements in PE and physical activity,” said school spokesperson, Emma Sweeney.

“We had so much fun along the way and tried out so many different sporting activities! Our Active School Slogan was ‘Be Active, Be Happy, Be Healthy’ and it’s something which we think we have achieved and will continue to promote.

Active Schools Week

“There were many P.E events during the year including our Active Schools Week and Sport’s Day where we tried many new activities like Zumba with Carly and Lisa and Yoga with Ailish.

“Local Olympian Garry O’ Sullivan came to visit the school and showed us his amazing medals – we feel privileged to have had a visit from such a super local hero and he really instilled the importance of working hard and taking part in sports to our school.

Inaugural Mini-Blitz

“We took part in the first inaugural Mini-Blitz where we joined forces with our brother school ‘Boy’s National School’ and played mixed teams against O’Brennan National School in the Centre of Excellence in Currans. It was a super day out!

“On Tuesday the 25th of June, the excitement of Active Schools came to a crescendo when we had the absolute honour of welcoming our local hero and Kerry Star – David Clifford to the school to raise our flag!

“It was an extremely proud day for the school and we wish to thank David for taking the time to visit our school,” said Ms. Sweeney on behalf of all at the school.

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