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Active Week will be held on the week starting the 29th of April 2019. We have a lot of fun activities in store for children, teachers and parents! We will begin each day with a WAKE UP WARM UP and then continue with different activities each day! Please see the timetable below! Pictures to follow!

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TUG OF WAR

“Tug of war is a non-contact sport where every member of the team is equal. It is a sport where the team work is more important than any individual. All you need is a rope runners and a field!”

As part of our active week we invited the Irish tug of war association in. Cathy O’Toole came into our 3rd and 4th class girls. She taught them how to play tug of war the right! It was great fun and things got competitive! See pictures below!

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Mile with a smile

During active schools week here in Mount Anville we took part in our “Walk a mile with a smile” initiative. This involved all pupils and staff members from junior and senior infants walking a mile around our school field every afternoon before hometime! The children had to remember to practice their big smiles! We had a great time and will definitely continue this throughout the school year next year!

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Bar Monkey

“Bar Monkey” is a calisthenics group based in Ballybrack, Co. Dublin with a specific aim to promote the growth of calisthenics as a sport across the country. Jamie from Bar Monkey came to visit us during active week. He played games with us and let us see how long we could hold on to the monkey bars! It was very competitive and exciting! The class aimed to emphasize improving movement through fun activities for children in order to help them to become better coordinated and more adept with functional movement. Most of all we have great fun! See pictures below.

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New Yard Markings

Mr Fernando has been very busy creating the new yard markings just in time for Active Week. The girls have been having immense fun timing each other as they run, side step and hop around the obstacle course. The girls are enjoying playing Snakes & Ladders and making up their own games on the new number square.


Music in the Yard

Music was played on the yard every day during Active Week. The girls displayed their impressive dance moves as the music rang out through the yard. Have a look at the pictures to see all the fun and laughter that was had.


Nutrition Talk

A nutritionist called Martina Gallivan came to discuss healthy eating and nutrition with the girls from the senior classes during Active Week. The girls examined the food pyramid, looked at sugar content in drinks and discussed healthy and unhealthy lunch boxes. The girls discovered what a healthy plate is and how it should be divided and about the importance of water.


Bounce with Linda

Our school was a place of fun and games during Active Week and the senior girls were very lucky to have Linda from Bounce come in and keep them active through jumping and trampolining. Jumping was the perfect way to get the girls active and it was guaranteed to please!

Not only is bouncing and jumping fun but it also has many health benefits. It helps the children develop movement skills and co-ordination, it helps improve balance, increase energy and Linda certainly got the girls’ blood pumping! Linda did a selection of games during Bounce. It started off with some easy games and then ended with those that required more skill. Linda kept the Mount Anville girls active and engaged and the whole point of jumping is to have fun and they sure did!

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Pamela’s Pilates

We were very lucky to have Pamela, our professional pilates trainer and Mount Anville mum, take the girls for classes during Active Week. Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build strength, endurance, flexibility and co-ordination. Pilates can be an exercise for everyone including young people too! It can help strengthen and support the growing bodies of children and it can help the body relax and reduce stress also.
Pamela led the children from Mount Anville through the pilates classes and modified the exercises to suit the age of the girls and encouraged them to work at the right pace for their body but this didn’t mean the exercises were all easy! We saw that pilates can be a great form of exercise for children, it can help their posture, be rewarding and healthy. Pamela kept the language simple by using words and phrases that the girls understood and we know that above all, children love to have fun and their pilates was fun!

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Flash mob dance

We were yet again very lucky to have Kate Buckley from Kate Buckley school of Dance come in to teach us all a flash mob dance that we performed as a whole school! Each year group had a ball learning the fantastically choreographed dances! Kates talent in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap dance shone through in the unbelieveable finale! A great time was had by all!

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Dodgeball

The highly anticipated Dodgeball game between our sixth class girls and teachers was one of the highlights of Active Week. The atmosphere was fantastic with supporters and team members really gettiing into the spirit of things! Dodgeball is a team sport in which players on two teams try to throw balls and hit opponents while avoiding being hit themselves.

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Our Active Week and Active Schools celebration assembly

The highly anticipated Dodgeball game between our sixth class girls and teachers was one of the highlights of Active Week. The atmosphere was fantastic with supporters and team members really gettiing into the spirit of things! Dodgeball is a team sport in which players on two teams try to throw balls and hit opponents while avoiding being hit themselves.

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Music in the Yard

Music was played on the yard every day during Active Week. The girls displayed their impressive dance moves as the music rang out through the yard. Have a look at the pictures to see all the fun and laughter that was had.

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New Yard markings

Mr Fernando has been very busy creating the new yard markings just in time for Active Week. The girls have been having immense fun timing each other as they run, side step and hop around the obstacle course. The girls are enjoying playing Snakes & Ladders and making up their own games on the new number square.

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Nutrition Talk

A nutritionist called Martina Gallivan came to discuss healthy eating and nutrition with the girls from the senior classes during Active Week. The girls examined the food pyramid, looked at sugar content in drinks and discussed healthy and unhealthy lunch boxes. The girls discovered what a healthy plate is and how it should be divided and about the importance of water.

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Penalty Kicks

As Active Week came to an end on Friday, the sun shone and the whole school came out to the playing field to watch the epic penalty shooter game. Handpicked from the staff of Mount Anville Primary School, Mrs Naughton took on the mighty 6th class students. The aim of the game, for Mrs Naughton the goalkeeper, was to defend with all her might and stop any goals being scored. The aim of the game for 6th class was to score as many goals as possible.

Both sides appeared ready for action! The 6th class girls were many and determined! Mrs Naughton had her upcycled goalie kit and her goal cones! The 6th class girls stepped up to the line to make the most of their penalty kicks. They used their space to set the direction, height and the power of their shots. Mrs Naughton stepped into the boots of a goal keeper and attempted to save as many goals as she could. She was all action and made many tremendous saves!

The supporters on both sides cheered on their team member(s) and all participants hoped to lead their team to glory! There were many pressurised shots and make-or-break moments. It was a penalty kicks contest of skill, patience and tactics on both sides. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed it! The 6th class girls were the dream team and mrs naughton became a soccer legend!


Active Maths

1st class turned maths into an active subject this week.

Here are some examples of the activities we did:

  • We jogged on the spot while counting from 1 to 20 and back down.
  • We clapped while counting to 100 in 5s.
  • We jumped while counting to 100 in 10s.

Look at our photos!

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Playball

Playball has been an after school activity in the school for years. Playball offers children an opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity on a weekly basis with an inspiring and fun-loving programme. The objective is to help enhance a positive attitude to being active and to develop essential physical skills, building a strong foundation for all ball sports.

Some of our Junior and Senior Infant classes got to do a session during Active Week. We played games using coloured spots, beanbags and hoola hoops. It was great fun!

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