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Physical Education

Physical Education is taught by the class teacher for 1 hour each week. The children are very fortunate to have other coaches and experts visit the school to teach soccer and basketball. We also attend swimming for a period of 8-10 weeks in the Summer term.

Sports’ Day Fun in the Sun!

Date posted: 17th June 2022 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports, Swimming |

On Friday, 17th June, we had a wonderful sports’ day filled with exciting, challenging and a few silly races! First up was the sprints. Infants had to sprint 20 metres, 1st, 2nd and 3rd had to run 40 metres and 4th, 5th and 6th had to run 60 metres! After that was the hurdles. Then we had the egg and spoon race! We finished with the sack race and the three-legged race! Let’s have a look at some of the fun things that happened on the field today! Ready, steady, go!

We then had to have a nice ice-cream to cool down after all that hard work!

It was soon time for the award ceremony, where all children were presented with certificates for their efforts in swimming over the past 8 weeks. Well done boys and girls! Each child also received a medal for their efforts on sports’ day. 6 pupils received a trophy for being a great sports girl/boy throughout the year, showing a great attitude, teamwork and enjoyment when playing games. Well done to Oscar, Kayla, Áine, Karol, Theo and Ariana! We hope you all enjoyed sports’ day 2022!

Have a great Summer everyone!

Date posted: 17th June 2022 | Category Blog, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports, Swimming |

May Merriment & off on Tour with Junior & Senior Infants!

Date posted: 28th May 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, History, Hockey, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, SPHE, Visual Arts |

May has been another month full of activity in the Junior Room. Our main theme was transport. We learned all about The Airport in Play. We role played going on holidays going through the airport, made items in Junk Art and Play Doh, created items and built airports in Construction, Sand and Small World.

Flying away!
Ready to take off!
Buying in-flight snacks
Working Security!
Making passports
Making suitcases and aeroplanes
Check out our passports and suitcases!
Our Air Traffic Control Tower
Making an Airport in the Sand
Making a runway and airport in Small World

We learned about transport in the past and Amelia Earhart in SESE and made planes in Art with handprints.

Also in Art we made beautiful blossom trees for Summer from tissue paper.

In SPHE we discussed healthy food and drew Healthy Lunchboxes, containing yoghurt, fruit and sandwiches.

In PE we were delighted to welcome a coach from Hockey Ireland to Wandesforde and learned lots of new skills.

Finally we were off on tour to The Chocolate Garden and Rathwood. We learned all about making chocolate and sampled 4 types of it, milk, dark, white and gold! We then made our own chocolate chicks and frogs. After lunch we went on a trip on a train and spotted lots of wildlife and before leaving for home had fun in the playground!

Date posted: 28th May 2022 | Category Blog, Class Work, Drama, History, Hockey, Junior Classroom, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, School Outings, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Busy Autumn in the Senior Classroom

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

Our first 2 months back at school have been busy as always. The Senior classes have worked hard in all subject areas for both Ms. Wilson and their student teacher, Mrs. Meally.

Below are some photos of various activities!

At the start of September, the children engaged in Optical Illusion Activities in Art and Science and created their own Optical Illusion using their hands and the first initial of their name!

The children completed a traffic survey at our school gates and recorded their results onto Bar Graphs in Maths! On the day of the survey, silver was the most popular vehicle colour to pass through Castlecomer!

In Art, the children created their own Autumn Wreaths using leaves from our school environment.

On Friday, 8th October, the school supported Goal’s Jersey Day and we all enjoyed wearing our sports jerseys into school for the day!

In SPHE the children created their own Mandalas as a symbol of their own uniqueness and self identity. Didn’t they do a fantastic job?

Drawing a self portrait with a twist was another art activity the children engaged in!

Members of 6th Class helped plant some daffodil and tulip bulbs around our school and parish grounds.

In Religion, the children designed their own Harvest Picture for the Harvest Service in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, 24th October.

The children designed their own Anti-Bullying Poster in response to all that they had learned on the topic of Bullying in SPHE.

To celebrate Kilkenny Day on Sunday, 10th October, the children very creatively designed their own Pangur Bán!

On Thursday, 21st October, the whole school visited the Community School and got to run or walk around the track for 2km to raise money for our school and to support Joyce in her efforts to raise money for both our school and the ICU in St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny.

Well done to all the children for all their hard work at training in advance of the day as well as their great performance on the running track too!

The children donned their Hallowe’en costumes on the day of their Hallowe’en holidays. Well done to you all for such creative and scary costumes!

To get into the spirit of Halowe’en, the children played a game outdoors called Hallowe’en Run

and they engaged in some collaborative art to create some very funky looking pumpkins and spooky looking bats!!

Well done to 4th, 5th & 6th Class for all your great work over the past 2 months. Thank you to Mrs. Meally for all her hard work during October in the Senior Classroom. Enjoy your well deserved Mid Term Break! 🙂

Happy Hallowe’en to everybody!!

Date posted: 30th October 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Fundraising Activities, Hallowe'en, Irish, Mathematics, Our Work on Display, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, SPHE, Visual Arts |

A Fun Run and a Marathon!!!

Date posted: 25th October 2021 | Category Blog, Fundraising Activities, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom |

We have been very active in Wandesforde National School this week! As part of our fundraising efforts over the past few weeks, we have been training hard to comfortably run 2 km. On Thursday, 21st October, our efforts and training paid off and the whole school walked to Castlecomer Community School to use the running track and complete our 2 km challenge. The children did a wonderful job and achieved their goal on the sunny, chilly morning. Here are some photos from the day!

The Infants were the first to complete a lap of the 440 metre track and they absolutely flew it!! The rest of the school cheered them on and then the favour was returned!

The Middle room and Senior room were up next to complete their 5 laps! Staff joined in too!

We were delighted to have a surprise visit from Joyce Byrne who came to cheer us on too! The children wished her the best as she was preparing for her Marathon run on Sunday!

On Sunday, 24th October, the sun was shining once again as lots of people gathered early in the morning to cheer Joyce off on her 42.2 km run in aid of St. Luke’s Intensive Care Unit and Wandesforde NS.

Joyce set off at 9.30 am and had plenty of support and cheers along the way as she managed to pass many of the children’s houses along the route!

There was a great crowd to welcome Joyce home after completing her run!

Joyce, well done and thank you for doing this and raising so much money for the ICU and our school. We will have a total soon! We are so proud of you!

Thank you to all the children, parents, staff, members of the community and everyone else who has sponsored our 2 km challenge and Joyce’s Marathon. The school appreciates your support so much!

Date posted: 25th October 2021 | Category Blog, Fundraising Activities, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom |

Farewell to a Wonderful 6th Class and Sports’ Day 2021!

Date posted: 21st June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports |

Last Thursday, we had fantastic weather for our annual Sports’ Day in Wandesforde National School! The day started off with simple races such as sprints and hurdles!

The egg and spoon race was a lot of fun!

We then had a few challenging and fun races that resulted in a lot of giggles and falls!!!!

We had some chips and ice-cream to eat on the day!

We had a graduating ceremony for our 6th class pupils. Each child was presented with a card with special messages and a Bible presented by Rev. Edna Wakely.

We had some delicious chocolate cake!

Each child in the school received a gold medal for their efforts on Sports’ Day!

Awards were also presented to 6 pupils, 3 boys and 3 girls, for their sporting abilities, positive attitude and teamwork!

Congratulations to these two 6th class pupils who are our “Overall Best Achievers” for outstanding work and effort throughout the year!

We wish all our 6th class pupils the very best as they leave Wandesforde National School after 8 years! You will all be greatly missed! Wishing you all the best as you begin a new chapter in your lives in the various secondary schools that you will be starting in very soon!

Have a wonderful Summer everybody!!

Date posted: 21st June 2021 | Category Blog, Class Work, Junior Classroom, Middle Classroom, Physical Education, Senior Classroom, Sport, Sports |