School Sport
Our Lady's Abbey is very proud to be an Active School and a Health Promoting School and we have received three Active School Flags and a Health Promoting Flag in recognition of this. We have a very busy Active Schools Committee, who are constantly thinking of ways to keep us active and provide opportunities to get us moving!! They also work closely with our Health Promoting Committee to organise events to keep our bodies and minds healthy. Check out our Twitter feed/School Noticeboard on our home page to see up to date videos and photos of physical activity and PE at Our Lady's Abbey.
PE Physical Activity

The full physical education curriculum is taught at Our Lady's Abbey. The six strands of the curriculum include Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor & Adventure Activities and Aquatics. These are taught in blocks at different times during the year. Presently, the school is focusing on the area of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), which complements the principles of the curriculum, while aiming to develop physical literacy in the children.

All children take part in at least 1 hour of PE every week but much of the discretionary time on the curriculum is given to P.E. Classes can also earn more P.E. time through our Active Treats instead of Sweets reward system and they get to choose the P.E. reward that they are working towards.

We believe that children should be encourged to stay as active as possible including at break times. However, staying active has to be fun so the children are encouraged to play Junior and Senior Yard leagues at break time. Leagues have included Netball, Table tennis, Rounders and Foam Polo to name a few. We also have different "Yard Zones" where we play Golf, agility training, parachute games, penalty shoot outs and much more on our break times. Our older girls are "Play Leaders" and they take responsibility for monitoring equipment, scoreboards, setting up equipment and helping the younger girls to learn how to play the new games on the different "Yard Zones". Lining up at the end of break time is another time that we try to fit in a little activity. Our Active Schools Committee lead us in various exercises while we line up to help reach our 60 minutes of exercise every day.

Brain Gym takes place every Monday morning to wake us up after the weekend. We try to Walk/Flick/Scoot to School every Wednesday and on Thursdays we dance to GoNoodle.com. On Fridays, we practise Mindfulness with Feel Good Friday.

Partnerships Active Schools Week

Our Lady's Abbey is a Health Promoting School and we work closely with the HSE to constantly improve the health and wellbeing of our school community.

The Limerick Sports Partnership are a huge support to the school and we engage regularly in the events that they organise including Sports Hall Athletics, Cycling Workshops, Fit Kidz Challenge, Nutrition and Physical Activity Workshops to name a few.

We have a very busy Active Schools Committee who ensure our different initiatives including Yard Leagues, Activity in the Line, Walk on Wednesday, Feel Good Friday, Brain Gym etc. are being implemented. They take their role very seriously and are wonderful to deliver the Active message to the school community.

Adare Camogie Club and Adare Football Club are very active in the school delivering blocks of coaching to all children in the school during the school year. They also organise blitzes for the children, which are hugely competitive!!!

Active Schools Week (ASW) is one of the highlights of the year at the Abbey. Our Active Schools Committees have been organising ASW in the school since 2005. Every year, a timetable of the week is given to all students and families of what is in store for the week. There are firm favourites every year but we like to try out new activities every year such as Yoga, Pilates, Boxing, Zumba, Latin Dance and much more.

Our ASW always ends with a huge whole school Sports Day. Every child in the school takes part in teams mixed with children from Juniors to 6th. There is great excitement every year as the children take part in Co-operative games, water games and traditional favourites such as the sack race and running races. Our Twitter feed is bursting at this time every year with photos and videos of the week.


Munster Rugby Stars Jean De Villiers and Paul Warwick support our Tag Rugby Tournament!

Jean De Villiers and Paul Warwick give us Rugby tips!!

Learning cycling skills!

Learning cycling skills!

Rounders

The Badminton Team

Senior Football Team

Ciarán Carey training our camogie players

Camogie Training

Stretching before training

Brian Begley training our camogie players

Indoor Hurling

Indoor Soccer

Proudly holding the Daly Cup which was won by the Adare Senior Hurlers who came to visit us!

Uni-hoc

Blanket Volleyball on te Yard



Rock Climbing



Rock Climbing

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