Active Schools Motto: "Sitting down is not much fun, so get off the couch and run. Be Active!"
SVT Junior Park Run
Well Done to Paddy, Barra, Jack, Billy and Orla who took part in the Primary School Junior Park Run Challenge in Vicarstown. Big shout to Paddy and Barra who came in the top 12 out 200+ runners.
For years Tobar an Léinn were fortunate to have a very supportive school/club link with the local hurling club, Colt G.A.A. . Once again this year with the help of John Sinnott, we have come together and put a plan in place to maintain that healthy link. We are so privileged to have access to their dressing rooms, ball wall, juvenile pitch and main pitch for training and games. We have also used these facilities for A.S.W. in the past. Colt are currently constructing a running/walking track around the perimeter of the main pitch. We aim to make full use of this and train for our ‘couch to 5km run’ later this year. ‘Be Active!’ The whole school will be coached with our new coach Con Dunne. The children were so excited and the infants were absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project also. The first session was a major success and we look forward to many more. In the pictures below, Jason Coffey from Laois G.A.A. came out and shared his expertise for the first day. His sessions were fun and enjoyable. There was full participation by children and 100% engagement. Thanks Jason.
Tobar an Léinn Active Achievement Wall
Name: Ali McDonald Club: Portlaoise Gymnastics Club Level: 1 C under 12’s (girls) Congratulations to Ali McDonald who competed against her peers and came 1st in her floor and vault routine. She will represent her club later on this year in Dublin. Best of luck Ali.
Name: Molly Donoghue Club: Portlaoise Gymnastics Club Level: 1 B under 7’s (girls) Congratulations to Molly Donoghue who came 2nd after displaying great movement in her floor and vault routine. She like Ali will represent her club later this year in Dublin. Best of Luck Molly.
Active Schools Mascot - Active Archie
This is 'Active Archie'. He has a very important role of promoting physical activity with the infant classes. All children require 60 minutes of physical activity per day. During the week he will go to numerous of homes and the host families will include him in their fitness regime. We are really looking forward to see what he gets up. Archie has his little diary in his backpack for the children to record their adventures and exercises in. He really loves Super Troopers activities, so let's hope he doesn't get too tired!
Playground leaders - 'Duck, Duck, Goose' and hula hoop activities!
Tobar an Léinn Active Achievement Wall
Something new our committee introduced is the Tobar an Léinn Active Achievement Wall. We are delighted to hear news of any student who performs with their club outside of school. We celebrate their achievements and display it on our A.S. noticeboard.
Name: Harry Bland Club: Abbeyleix AFC Position: Full forward Achievement: Harry won player of the match recently for his club. Although he plays as a forward and didn't score that day, he played a vital role and was rewarded for his relentless tackling. All recipients of the player of the match get a hat. Harry wears it with pride. Well done Harry!
Name: Keenan Hearns Club:Ballyroan/Abbeyleix & District Athletics Club Competition :Laois Indoor Championships 1st place – u13 600m race 2nd place – u14 60m sprint 2nd place – u14 Shot putt
Operation Transformation starts for another year. New leaders, new goals. Not only are the children of Tobar an Léinn going to participate in a walk every Friday for 6 weeks but the whole community are invited to take part on Monday evenings. An invitation was sent out to all via school newsletter, facebook and local parish newsletter also. Over 100 people came out the first night. Keep it up! Thanks to principal Ms. Campion and Secretary Orla Dunne for putting such effort into this operation.
As discussed at our committee meeting we decided to introduce playground leaders to the yard every Thursday at lunch time. Their role is to create fun games for the infant classes. The committee did up a rota which is displayed on the A.S. noticeboard. They wear their new hi-vis jackets for all to see them.
Active Schools Motto
Well done to Niamh Stackpool who came up with a very catchy motto,
"Sitting down is not much fun, so get off the couch and run. Be Active!!"
We hope the whole school will chant this for the coming year.
Active Schools Committee
This year we have a new Active Schools Committee. The children were asked to write down their ideas about two things.
How would you make break times more fun?
What suggestions do you have for rainy days?
We were thrilled with the amount of interest the pupils showed. Congratulations to the new committee as they lead the way in Tobar an Léinn in showing and encouraging everyone to be more active! They are very positive and upbeat about their duties. They have collected data for surveys, made playground leaders rotas, demonstrated active lines workouts and collectively did warm up exercises for Operation Transformation walks to name but a few.
Back L to R: Ali McDonald, Jack Coogan, Liam Conroy, Katie Grant and Áine O' Neill Front L to R: Patrick Doogue, Éadaoin Moynihan, Áine O' Sullivan, Lillian Troy and Darragh Maher.
Cycling Training Course
In September and October, 5th and 6th class took part in a 6 week cycling course under the guidance of Southeast Cycling Safety. The course explored the theory of safe cycling, off/on road practical riding and on road practical riding skills. Thanks to our parents and Laois County Council who helped fund this course.
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