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Partnerships – October 2018

Primary Schools Cross Country 2018

On Wednesday 24th October pupils from 3rd to 6th class travelled to Marlfield, Clonmel to participate in the 2018 Primary Schools Cross Country event. Thanks to those who were able to support the girls on the day.

5K FunRun on 7/10/18 organised by the Parents Council

Partnerships – September 2018

First week back with Ms. Cronin our dance teacher, and Mrs. Harrington’s room are wiggling, jumping, curling up and stretching to get those bodies moving!!


New class added: 4.45pm to 5.30pm every Wednesday in New Inn Community Hall. For boys and girls, Juniors to 1st class.

Partnerships – May/June 2018

Newly formed Rockwell Rovers Ladies G.A.A. Club 23/5/18

Thanks to Basketball Coach, Liam Fennell and parent mentor, Andy Hennessy for all their hard work with the girls.

Partnerships – March/April 2018

After School Athletics Training with Mrs. Ryan: Distance Running 3/4 minutes

After School Athletics Training with Mrs. Ryan: Shuttle Runs

Land PAWS Aquatic programme

On Thursday and Friday, 15th/16th of March, Junior and Senior infants met together to learn about the importance of water safety in the pool, at home, the outdoors and on the farm. They had a chance to examine a life guards outfit and rescue ring and practice throwing it. The rules of keeping safe were explained and a series of slide shows were watched and discussed.

Partnerships – January/February 2018

ASAP Feb 18 Gymnastics strand: warm ups/rolls/tumbles and cartwheels

ASAP Feb 18 gymnastics strand cartwheels

Games with Junior Infants with Barretstown leaders 26/1/18

Senior Infants Fundamental skills coaching with Declan Crowe Jan 18 in partnership with Rockwell Rovers G.A.A Club

Junior Infants Fundamental skills coaching Jan 18 with Declan Crowe

Hurling Wall at Rockwell Rovers G.A.A. club


Camógie training with Brian White.  4th, 5th & 6th class


  1. Scoil Mhuire gan Smál has worked closely with Tipperary Sports Partnership whilst working towards the Active School Flag in 2016/2017.
  2. Tipperary Sports Partnership secured a place for teacher training for a staff member on The Be Active ASAP Programme, and since then an active programme has been rolled out for 1st – 4th class for every term covering various strands of the P.E. curriculum.
  3. The Be Active ASAP uses the school facilities, and is led by the Principal (Mrs. Fiona Ryan) and is supported by volunteer parent leaders.
  4. Parental involvement in the Be Active ASAP Programme is a crucial aspect of the programme and it aims to improve the attitudes of both children and their parents towards physical activity and lay the foundation for positive, lifelong physical activity habits.
  5. Scoil Mhuire gan Smál teams up with our local GAA club Rockwell Rovers in the second term to provide coaching in the fundamental movement skills (run, hop, jump, throw, catch, skip, strike, dodge etc.) which are the basis of many physical activities and contribute to the development of agility, balance, coordination and speed to Junior Infants & Senior Infants while the acquatics programme is being delivered to 1st – 6th class. They form the basis of many activities across the six strands of the curriculum.
  6. Coaching in Camógie/hurling & football is provided throughout the year from 1st – 6th by Brian White, which takes place weekly on a Thursday morning.
  7. After school athletic/running club is provided by the Principal, Mrs. Ryan, in the 1st & last term for 3rd – 6th class, once a week.
  8. A jersey Jog fundraiser has been held in 1st term for the previous 2 years, 2015/16, 2016/17, involving staff, pupils, parents & the local community. A further Jersey Jog is planned for the year 2017/18.
  9. In 2017, Operation Transformation teamed up with Active School Flag to promote activity in primary schools.

10. Our school established an Active School Flag Committee at the outset of the ASF process.

The committee includes girls from third class to sixth class with 2 children from Junior Infants to 2nd class who attend occasional meetings throughout the year.

Duties includes:

  1. Establishing an Active Schools Flag Noticeboard
  2. Checking regularly the Active School Flag suggestion box
  3. Conducted a “what club are you in survey” to find out about physical opportunities in the local community
  4. Promotion of local clubs within the school
  5. Organised active flag slogan/ poster competitions.
  6. Tidying up sports equipment weekly, 1st – 3rd class.
  7. Input and assisting the organisation of Active School Week
  8. Assisting supervising teachers in daily morning madness in the line.
  9. Welcoming guests to the school for Active School Week.
  10. Researching and inviting parents to participate in Active School Week events/school year.
  11. Researching local sports clubs and physical activity providers to provide taster sessions during the year.
  12. The Active School Committee informs pupils and parents about physical opportunities that are available in the locality.
  13. Assisting & leading activities in the playground for Wacky Wednesdays/Game of the month etc./Tournament Thursdays during 3rd term.


For the past 20 years, the children have been learning GAA skills in the school. We are lucky to have an excellent coach, Brian White, who visits the school every Thursday. He trains children from 1st – 6th class. He teaches both football and hurling/camogie.

Mary Doyle Athletics

The school has been working in conjunction with Mary Doyle to train the children in athletics for over 20 years. Children are taught the skills required to participate in all areas of athletics from distance running to shot putt. Mrs. Ryan trains the children after school on a Tuesday evening. The children attend Mary Doyle’s club every Monday and Wednesday evening.

Clonmel Swimming Pool

Pupils from 1st – 6th class attend Clonmel Swimming Pool once a week for 9 weeks to learn how to swim. The children are taught by caring professionals who ensure that all children enjoy swimming and develop their swimming skills.


Our school the Land PAWS water Safety Programme to support the Aquatics strand. This is taught before the children begin their swimming lessons in Term 2.

Alison Cronin Dance

The children are very lucky to be taught dance by a qualified dance teacher. Alison Cronin has been working with the school for nearly 30 years. The children begin learning how to dance from Junior Infants and continue until 6th Class. This allows the children to progress and thrive each year.

Rockwell College

We are very lucky to have Rockwell College in our area. Their transition year students gave 5th and 6th class the opportunity to learn spikeball in our school hall. A spikeball tournament was run in their school hall after weeks of practise. Our girls played a number of different schools from the surrounding area. These were very competitive games which allowed the children to put into play the skills they had been taught. Rockwell College were very welcoming and made us all feel very welcome.


The school has been very looking to work in conjunction with DKAM for the past 8 years. Kenny Hassett and his team have come to our school to orchestrate sports day activities and also to teach the children gymnastics and outdoor games throughout the school year.