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Physical Activity:



Did you know that four out of five children in the Republic of Ireland are still not getting enough exercise, posing serious risks to their health and well-being? Being active helps release chemicals in the brain (endorphins), which have a positive effect on the mood, not to mention the benefits to the heart, lungs, muscles and bones. Getting out and being active is also a great way to manage stress.
Health Benefits: Physical activity helps a child to…
• Improve agility, balance and co-ordination.
• Feel more energised
• Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
• Burn and generate more energy.
• Improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
• Maintain healthy weight.
• Improve concentration.
• Improve self-esteem and help children feel good about themselves.
• Develop friendships.






Here in Toonagh N.S. we promote and encourage physical activity throughout the day. We take part in many different initiatives which help encourage Physical Activity and help children to reach the goal of 60 minutes Physical Activity every day. Take a look at our Twitter feed to follow the many activities the children take part in. Below see a calendar of the activities to date this year.

-Healthy Lunch initiative- where children are asked to bring healthy lunches only (no treats) Mon-Thurs & 1 small treat on a Fri.
-Run around Europe.
-Kilnaboy Cross Country Running.
-Training 3-5 days a week for both these events.
-Lunch time activities - Astro - 2-3 games and space for individual activities – dance, gymnastics. Basketball in basketball court.
-Fundamental movement skills/GAA coach - 1/2 day per week - to be availed of by all classes.
-PE curriculum lessons. The children will wear Tracksuits - Tue & Fri.
-Football training after school - Tuesday.
-Super troopers homework booklets, parents letters, staff letters & wall chart given out and Physical Activity as Homework from Mon 18th Sept.

-Active School Slogan Competition
-Dance with Ms. Nicolas for every class
-PDST - model lessons on the Outdoor & Adventure strand on November 22nd.
-Running – extension of - Run around Europe Challenge
-GoNoodle in all classes on wet days at lunchtime – Active School Committee leaders to their own group).
-Cosmic yoga
-Active School Committee - 6th Class (due to their exceptional behaviour and their eagerness to help out)
-The Active Schools Notice Board & Suggestions Box (Polly Pocket on the board).

-GAA and Fundamental Movement Coach – Ann
-Super Trouper Homework Booklet

-Active School Committee teaching the Santa Dance- Just Dance mob –
-‘Drop Everything and Dance’ Lunchtimes 11th-22nd Dec – (Flash Dance & Drone Footage)
-Super Troupers Homework Booklet
-GAA and Fundamental Movement Coach - Ann

-10@10 every day in every classroom
-Gymnastics – 5 weeks with Gymnastics Coach
-Homework Challenge – in conjunction with Clare Sports Partnership
-GAA and Fundamental Movement Coach - Ann

-‘Do your walking while you are talking’ - beginning 5th February every morning as the children arrive – they walk laps of the school and continue to do so until 9.25. Active School’s Committee in Hi-Vis to assist where necessary
-10@10 every day in every classroom
-Gymnastics – 5 weeks with Gymnastics Coach
-Homework Challenge – in conjunction with Clare Sports Partnership - Booklets to be collected during the Week of the 5th-9th February
-GAA and Fundamental Movement Coach - Ann
-P.E. Equipment Audit
-Gymnastics – continues until 7th Feb
-Basketball – all 5th & 6th Class girls & boys – training for the Marian Keane Basketball tournament (20th& 21st Feb in Inagh)