Scoil Mhichíl Naofa

Active School

Active School

“Walk and try for Athy”

PE, sports and being active plays an important part in the life of every student in Scoil Mhichíl Naofa. In line with the curriculum each child receives 1 hour Physical Education each week. We also compete in many sporting competitions and participate in non-competitive activities and initiatives throughout the school year. We consider being active to be an integral part of our students’ wellness and education while providing them with the opportunities to be leaders and work as part of a team.

All classes are taught all strands of the curriculum each year. Students in 1st, 3rd & 6th attend swimming lessons in the local swimming pool, and each class covers water safety through the Land Paws programme.

PE homework is encouraged especially during Active Sports Fortnight and special initiatives throughout the year eg. Trek to Lapland

Physical Activity

Playground activities: Lunch and break times are very busy in Scoil Mhichíl Naofa with activities such as soccer, basketball, running and skipping. We have a number of yards including a basketball court, astro areas and football field which ensures that every class has ample room for activities. Our Be Active Committee, prior to Covid 19, organised games and equipment for children from Jnr Infants to 4th.

On wet days when the children cannot go ou,t classes take part in Busy Breaks indoors. Eg Go Noodle dance, 10@10, Bizzy Breaks etc.

Physical Activity treats: Teachers use active breaks as rewards during the week as part of their discretionary time between lessons, before home time or on Friday afternoons.

Whole School Initiatives: The Active School committee helps to organise special initiatives including Trek to Lapland, the Mile a day challenge and Santa Hat run. They also collect and organise the equipment for our Sports Fortnight.

After School Activities: Coaching and training in sports such as Football, hurling, camogie, soccer, basketball and running take place after school in preparation for competitions.

SEN: Our SEN children have access to a dedicated playground area complete with climbing frame and slides. They also have access to our multisensory room which is equipped with ceiling swing and ball pool. These facilities ensure that the children have access to a wide range of activities in a safe environment.

Our SEN children are encouraged to participate in our after school activities and subsequently be members of our school teams entered in competitions such as Cumann na mBunscol.


Health and wellbeing: We have participated in a number of healthy eating and exercise initiatives including An Board Bia Food Dudes programme, Agri Aware and Super Troopers. Healthy eating is encouraged at lunchtimes and every child has access to our healthy lunch scheme.

GAA: At Scoil Mhichíl Naofa we work closely with Athy GAA, Athy Camogie and Athy Ladies GFC. Throughout the year we avail of the Athy GAA coaching scheme..

Rugby: Athy Rugby also make their coaches and facilities available to us.

Kildare Sports Partnership: We work closely with Kildare Sports Partnership and we completed CPD in Badminton with their help. We also completed online Return to sport safely information workshop.

Parents: Our HSCL coordinator organises keep fit, yoga, and mindfulness classes annually.

SCP: Our local SCP coordinator helps to fund yard equipment to ensure our classes are busy during break times.

Kare: The Athy branch of KARE hold their annual sports day on the grounds of our schools. A number of our students take part and our parents and staff volunteer at their sports events.

Special Needs Action Group Athy(SNAG) Was founded by parents of the school and many of our children take part in their activities in the evenings or at the weekends.

Active Schools Week/Fortnight

Active Schools fortnight takes place every June. The children get a chance to participate in a number of competitive and non-competitive activities. Classes run mini blitzs and play traditional field day games eg egg and spoon, three legged , wheelbarrow races and tug of war. They also take part in a run a mile a day challenge. GAA and rugby coaches continue to coach classes during the fortnight. Classes take a walk to the local park for fun and activities while onsite they take part in orienteering & team challenges.

During Covid lockdown children took part in sports fortnight via online platforms with the help of Google Classroom, GAA You Tube clips, PDST clips, Fingal Learning Portal and many more social media platforms. Children were then encouraged to post their photos and videos back to their teacher.

Apr 03
Easter Break
Apr 28
First Communion
May 01
Public Holiday
May 02
School Holiday
Mount Hawkins, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland, R14XD86.
059 863 1794
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