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Active School Week 23rd May - 27th May
Everyone is being put through their paces this week!
The children have danced, completed Gaelic football drills, run relay races, walked a mile, played unihoc, participated in beanbag and basketball challenges, had soccer matches, skipped and stretched themselves in yoga.  This list is only a sample of the activities the children have undertaken during the week. Have a look at the slideshows to get view a sample of the activities!!!

Latest News on our Active School Campaign!!!!
We have changed the 'Walk on Wednesday' (WOW) campaign to the TOT campaign (Trot on Thursday). With warmer weather approaching we are encouraging everybody to make an effort to "trot" to school every Thursday! There will be prizes given to the class with the highest percentage of pupils walking!

Th Active Schools Committee are as follows:
Gerald, Ava, Seán, Niamh, Ciara, Cillian, Jack, Jenna, Ms. Culhane, Ms. O Neill, Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Scott, Ms. Dunning, Ms. Amond, Danny Casey (Parents representative)

Active Schools Week will take place from the 23rd - 27th May. There are lots of fun activities planned for all classes that week including dancing, circuits, basketball challenges, relays races "Walk a Mile with a Smile" and many more!

"Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body needs it!!"

We are currently in the process of trying to get our second active school flag.

The Operation Transformation walk in Sallins has had a time change. It will now begin at 6:30 pm on Wednesday rather than 6:00pm. This is a free walking group and everyone is welcome.There will also be a walk at 9:30 am every Wednesday morning. Both walks leave from Supervalu.

We will be beginning a W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) programme from February 17th in school. We would like to encourage all children to make an effort to walk to school on Wednesdays. Results will be recorded each week and there will be monthly prizes given to the class that has the highest number of walkers.

Naas Park Run is a free event that takes place every Saturday at 9:30am in Naas Racecourse on Tipper Road. It is a timed 5km run and all you have to do is register before the race. More information is available at

Click on the cookery link to try out some of our healthy snack recipes keeping in line with our 'Get active, get fit, your body needs it' campaign. Also check out below for a snapshot of some of our 'active' initiatives.

St. Laurence’s N.S. 21 Day Activity Challenge

On the 27 th of January an officer from the Kildare Sports Partnership, Syl Merrin, came to St. Laurence’s N.S.  He told us how we wanted our school to be the most active school in Kildare. Syl explained how important it is to be active... some of us didn’t know that we should be active for sixty minutes or more each day. We watched a short video on the importance of exercise in our lives. Being active includes dancing, running, swimming, cycling, horse riding etc. Syl told us that a benefit of being active, as well as being healthy, is that our bone structure will improve. Also studies have proven that children who are active daily get on better in school academically.
Syl gave everybody in the school a 21 Day Activity Challenge card, even some of the teachers! What we had to do was log our activities each day on the card and get our parents/guardians/coaches to sign it to prove that we had done sixty minutes of exercise daily.
Syl will return to the school on March 3 rd along with special guest, former Kildare footballer Johnny Doyle, to present the children who have returned their activity cards with certificates of achievement.

Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!
By Roisín & Faruk 5 th class

Eoin Larkin's Visit

On Friday the 27 th of February, the pupils and staff of St. Laurence’s National School, in Sallins, had the pleasure of welcoming a key forward from the Kilkenny hurling team- Eoin Larkin. Eoin arrived to the school early that morning along with the Liam McCarthy cup and another special novelty guest!
Pupils from third, fourth and sixth classes had interesting discussions with Eoin, and pupils from fifth class got the opportunity to partake in some hurling drills under his guidance.
The boys and girls asked many questions and Eoin spoke to them about the importance of exercise and team sports in their lives.
It was a great honour to have such a sporting legend in the school to inspire the young athletes of the future!

By Ms. O’Neill’s 5 th class

New Committee Member

The Active School Committee is delighted to welcome its newest member, Ms. Tessa Hartnett.
Ms. Hartnett teaches senior infants and is very excited about her new role as a member of The Active School Committee.

Activities for our Active School!

On Tuesday 27th January, Syl Merrins our Local Sports Partnership Officer came in to talk to classes about the importance of sports and exercise. He set a 21 Day Challenge for classes from senior infants to sixth class. This challenge is to encourage children to exercise daily and to record the activity along with the time it takes. Mr. Merrins will return to the school in the next few weeks to review this 21 Day Challenge.

Declan Keogh, our Local Road Safety Officer spoke to fifth and sixth classes about road safety as we continue the Walk to School Campaign.

From Monday 23rd February, our three senior infant classes will be taking part in a health and fitness pilot programme. These classes will do twenty minutes of exercise each day for six weeks. This programme will focus on cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility, speed & agility and fundamental movement skills. Please ensure that your child in senior infants wears their PE tracksuit each day.


Active School Flag Initiative

Many thanks to Geraldine Eaton, our lollipop lady, who spoke to classes about road safety with emphasis on walking to school.

Well done to everyone participating in Our Walk to School Campaign.
Being active can be fun for all the family.

Why not participate in this year’s Operation Transformation National Day of Walking on Saturday 17th January 2015.
Your nearest meeting point is The Kildare County Council, Áras Chill Dara, Naas.
Meet at 10am for a 4km walk.

A 5km run takes place every Saturday morning at 9.30am in Naas Racecourse, Tipper Road, Naas. It's free to join and encourages everyone from novice walker/jogger to the more fine-tuned runner to get active. Register on

You can find out more information about getting active on the getirelandactive website.

Remember, Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!!

Walk to School is Cool
As part of our Active School Flag Initiative we will be encouraging as many children and parents as possible to walk to school.
Each class will record the number of walkers on a daily basis. There will be a prize at the end of each week for the class with the biggest number of participants.
This Walk to School Campaign will run from Monday 12th January to Friday 30th January.
'Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!!'

Active School Flag
We are delighted to announce that we will be taking part in the Active School Flag initiative.
The Active School Flag is given to schools that strive to achieve a physically active and educated school environment.
We will keep you up to date with events and activities that will take place.
We look forward to a fun and active year together!

Our three Junior Infant classes took part in a skipping workshop, "Skip 'n'Rope" on Friday, October 17th. This proved to be an enjoyable and educational experience for all involved.

This was funded by the Parents Council.

Active School Committee
Ms. Olivia Culhane- Teacher- 2nd Class (Co-ordinator)
Ms. Rena Murphy- Deputy Principal
Ms. Denise O' Neill-Teacher-5th Class
Mr. Paul Monaghan-Teacher-3rd Class
Ms. Tessa Hartnett - Teacher - Senior Infants
Ms. Nicola Cosgrave- Teacher - Junior Infants
Ms. Mags Griffith- S.N.A.
Ms. Siobhan O' Gorman- Parent Representative
Mr. Anthony Herbert- Member of the Community

Student Committee Members
Venus Nnabugwu-6th class
Ava Griffith-6th class
Darren Alousagay-6th class
Faruk Ajibola-5th class
Róisín Sexton-5th class
Ryan Locke: 4th class
Anna Reumkens: 4th class
Rebecca McCauley: 3rd class
Daniel Glennon: 3rd class
Isabel Piare: 2nd class
Josh Mooney: 2nd class


Congratulations to Olivia Dowling from Mr. McDonnell's fifth class who won our motto competition.
The winning motto is Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!

The Active School Committee are now running an art competition from Junior Infants to sixth class. We are looking for posters based on our active school motto Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!
Closing date for entries is Friday, December 19th. Please send all work to Ms. Culhane, room 25. Good luck to everyone!

The Active School Committee have designated an area in the senior yard for skipping ropes and hula hoops to be used at break times for classes 3rd to sixth. This is proving to be great fun and a great way of keeping active.

The Active School Committee are busy organising and planning activities to get the whole school community active. We will keep you posted with our events.

Remember Get Active, Get Fit, Your Body Needs It!!

Get Active, Get Fit, Your body needs it!


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