St. Joseph's N.S. Ballymitty

Sports / Music / Arts

Sports:

In our school we take part in lots of school sports both before and after school.

PE:

All pupils do Physical Education (PE) as part of the school curriculum. One hour per week is the allocated time for PE.

PE has six areas (strands) which are covered each year and are outlined in our school PE plan. These areas are supported by a programme called Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) which breaks down the steps in certain skills. We develop these skills through PE and other curricular areas as we know that it is so important for pupils to be able to walk properly, run properly, throw a ball etc.

The six strands of PE are:

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The Fundamental Movement Skills which will be developed in all of the strands above are:

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Our Active School Team have a display in the school entrance to remind us about the importance of developing these movement skills.

GAA Coaching

In our school we are lucky to have Lloyd Colfer who is the link between Bannow/Ballymitty GAA Club and our school. He is Gaelic Promotions Officer. He comes in every Friday to coach all our pupils and he also supports our Rackard League Hurling, Camogie and Football Teams.

Rackard League Inter-School GAA Competitions

Each year we join with Danescastle NS to form GAA teams. Every Autumn Football is the focus and then in Spring time it is Hurling/Camogie.

Last year in December 2019 our Boys’ Football Team won the Rackard League County Final. They were superb and made our schools very proud.

By the end of February this year we will get our Hurling/Camogie teams formed and we look forward to some great games.

Rounders

Our school also enter the Inter-School Rounders competitions. Rounders is a fun game but also requires certain skills and tactics!

Every June our 6th class pupils play against the teachers and it is super fun (despite the fact that the pupils nearly always lose!!!!!)

Basketball/Dodgeball

These are played at lunchtime. The pupils love these games and they help to develop the pupils’ abilities to take turns, to share, to win and to lose!

Yoga

One of our Mammies is our Yoga instructor and each year she comes into our school to do Yoga. This year she is doing 4 weeks with each class. The pupils love chilling out and they love doing all the breathing techniques. They certainly help the pupils to learn coping strategies for when times get tough!

Athletics/School Sports

Each year we send a cohort of pupils off to compete in the inter-school Athletics competition.

Sports’ Day

This is held each year in June as part of Active School Week. There is a huge variety of games, activities and competitions and all the school community get involved.

Music

We are a very musical school! We believe that music is an integral part of the Curriculum and it allows pupils to engage, create and achieve in different ways.

School Choir

This is formed every September and pupils rehearse every Tuesday when preparing for school events. The choir sings for First Holy Communion every year and Confirmation every second year. They also sing for Grandparents’ Day which is a very special day in our school. Click on this link to hear our choir sing a different version of My Grandfather’s Clock!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtYNrEvpSqQ&t=1s

They visit Grantstown Day Care Centre every year to sing for the residents. They partake in Carol Singing at Christmas time when we go to Wallace’s/Tesco. It is wonderful to hear them sing.

Musical Instruments

In our school all of the classes learn to play the tinwhistle. Some pupils partake in other music lessons outside the school in piano, harp, button accordion, banjo, guitar, mandolin etc. Pupils play these instruments for certain school events, religious ceremonies etc.

Music Competitions

For the first time this year we are taking part in Scór music competition. Some of our pupils from the senior classes are playing music and singing in different competitions.

Art

Our school takes part in lots of Art events and classes.

Each teacher teaches the Art Curriculum which has 6 strands to cover:

  • Drawing
  • Paint and colour
  • Print
  • Clay
  • Construction
  • Fabric and fibre

We often partake in other art programmes.

Last year our 5th/6th classes took part in the Living Arts Project which culminated in an Art Exhibition in Wexford Art Gallery.

This year Senior Infants have been involved in a Teacher/Artist Partnership with the wonderful artist David Begley. David came in every week for 8 weeks to do lots of interesting art with us. It is on display in our school and it looks amazing!

In March we are welcoming Mary Wallace to our school who is doing an Art project over 4 weeks called Heritage in Schools. This will be done in 3rd/4th, 4th/5th and 6th class.

We are also applying for a grant called Creative Schools. This aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s lives and this year 150 new schools/centres will join the programme. Participating schools will work alongside a Creative Associate who will help them to develop their own Creative Schools plan to understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in their school. Schools will be awarded a once-off grant of €4,000 (in total) to implement their plans over the two school years 2020–21 and 2021–22. We are applying for this and hope to hear if we have been successful after Easter!

Oct 03
2020
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