There was much excitement at Scoil Mhuire na nGael last week as the pupils, parents and staff assembled in the school car park to raise the school’s newly acquired Active School Flag. This flag is granted to schools who significantly increase the level of physical activity among the entire school community. The Active School Committee, comprising staff, parents and pupils worked tirelessly over the past year to achieve their goal and organised a wide range of activities for pupils and parents. The school has a long history of sporting tradition but to secure the flag, improvements had to be made in fifteen specified areas.
An accreditor visited the school a few weeks ago to assess the school’s progress and was loud in her praise of the great work undertaken by the school to promote physical fitness among the community. The pupils have had coaching in basketball, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling, camogie, cricket, volleyball and tennis. A specialist P.E. teacher provided coaching in gymnastics for all classes and senior classes attended swimming lessons at Aura Leisure Centre. The school held an Active Schools Week and a host of activities including treasure hunts, orienteering, dance and aerobics classes, trips to Slieve Gullion Adventure Playground, basketball matches and so much more was organised.
Louth footballers Paddy Keenan, Derek Maguire and Conor Rafferty attended the flag raising ceremony. Ms Rafferty, school principa,l welcomed the Louth players, telling the young students that the school was honoured to have Paddy Keenan, an ambassador for sport in this country attend their special event.
She wished the Louth team success in their next outing against Antrim. After raising the flag Paddy Keenan addressed the pupils. He congratulated the students on receiving this wonderful sporting accolade and on their sporting achievements and encouraged them to continue playing sport.
Ms Rafferty thanked the staff, pupils and parents for embracing all the activities involved in the Active School Programme.
The school will maintain the flag for three years and Ms Rafferty assured the delighted pupils and parents that all sporting activities will indeed continue next year.