SCHOOLS:

Great photos from this Laois school's Active Schools Week

Lynda Kiernan

Reporter:

Lynda Kiernan

Non-stop year round activity at Presentation Primary School Portarlington has seen the Laois girls school retain its Active Schools Flag for the second year.

The school opened a new playground, pitch and running track this year, which has certainly helped it retain the flag, with each child aiming to be active for 60 minutes every day. 

New to their Active Schools Week this year was a Fun Run, with our photo gallery showing the girls belting it out on the new running track.

Claire O'Connell is the Active Schools Week co-ordinator at the school, pictured leading runners from the inflatable start line. 

"Active Schools Week is a major event in our school calendar and one that pupils and teachers alike look forward to it. This year we had our first ever school 'Fun Run' which was a great event and funds were raised for our playground and track," she said.

"During the week we also raised our second Active Flag which was a special event especially for the Active School Committee made up of students and teachers who worked so hard on it," Ms O'Connell said. 

This year the school worked very hard to renew their Active Schools Flag. 

Senior girls were appointed as playground activity leaders to encourage younger children to get active at break times. Each class had an activity box of fun equipment which they brought out several days a week.

Running sessions got every child fitter.

"Our running initiative ensured that children from junior infants all the way up to 6th class got a chance to improve their fitness. This proved to be a great success as all children enjoyed taking part in the fun run," said Ms O'Connell.

Active Schools week was all about the fun of being active. Children took on yoga, dodge ball, tennis, creative dance, orienteering and zumba. They also enjoyed visits to the local park. The highlight was the fun run.

The week culminated with the raising of their Active School Flag, by a special guest, the past pupil and underage Irish Soccer star Della Doherty.

"Great work was done by the active schools committee let by teacher Claire O’Connell  who worked tirelessly to make sure the school was awarded with the Active School Flag," said the Principal Cathal Ruane.

Photos courtesy of the school.