Ideas aplenty as Laois schools shine

Thumbs up from teachers at Presentation Primary School , Portarlington , at Friday's  "Walking School Bus " Activity Challenge .            Photo: Michael Scully .
THE schools who participated in the activity challenge came up with many ideas for themselves, and excelled with their imaginations, inclusiveness and enthusiasm for the event. They really impressed the judges with their effort and with their presentations of different events, most of which took in all pupils in each school.

THE schools who participated in the activity challenge came up with many ideas for themselves, and excelled with their imaginations, inclusiveness and enthusiasm for the event. They really impressed the judges with their effort and with their presentations of different events, most of which took in all pupils in each school.

Gaelscoil Phortlaoise, Rosenallis NS, The Swan NS and St Patricks BNS Portarlington all carried out a huge range of different activities each day of the challenge. These included dance days, skipping days, traditional playground days, walk a mile with a smile, bling your bike parades, penalties against the principal, sports quizes, gymnastic classes, zumba dancing and hoola hooping.

Gaelscoil Thromaire and Ballacolla NS availed of some of the beautiful natural resources in the county and carried out walks in the Slieve Blooms and Dunmore Wood respectively, while Newtown NS ran an orienteering day in the grounds around St Abban’s Athletics Club.

Many of the schools challenged themselves to learn about Paralympic sports, such as Arles NS who modified the sport of Boccia to suit the ages and abilities of the children taking part in the challenge.

Scoil Naomh Eoin in Killenard organised a fun 5km walk/jog that the whole school took part in, including the junior classes who took a shorter route. The Presentation Primary School in Portarlington held a “Walking Bus” Day where almost 500 pupils supported by their parents and teachers left the cars at home and walked to school along designated safe routes.