Break times and Sport in our School

*The World Health Organisation recommends that children and youth aged 5–17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.*

Children are encouraged to be as active as possible at lunch time. We use the motto ‘Do your talking as you’re walking’ to encourage children to be on the move at all times during break time. 

Initiatives such as Workout Wednesday and Free Dance Friday have been a great success (see Workout Wednesday and Free Dance Friday posts for more details and pictures)

Boys and girls in 5th and 6th class participate in yard leagues at big lunch each day.

Soccer Yard League:


Basketball Yard League:


*The World Health Organisation recommends that children and youth aged 5–17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.*


Please click on the link below to view an extract from our PE policy.

PE Policy Extract

All pupils are provided with 1 hour timetabled PE per week.


All classes are taught 5-6 different PE strands each year from Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure and Aquatics.


Skipping workshop 5th &6th Feb 2018


PE in the Infant Classes:

All classes are focusing on gymnastics and dance for further development this year. Below are pictures of gymnastics in the younger classes and dance can be found under our “Free Dance Friday” post.

Gymnastics- movement- rocking, rolling, balancing, jumping and yoga.




Feel Good Friday

Senior Infants Easter Egg Hunt @ Blackrock Park

Senior Infants went to Blackrock Park to carry out an Easter Egg Hunt!

Obstacle Course

The Obstacle Course was set up again on the school pitch for classes to use. Activities were made easier or harder depending on class age. Here are some pictures of 2nd class, junior infants, 1st class and 5th class in action.

Mindfulness with Mary

Mary Richardson is back for another visit- Big thank you Mary!!! Today she visited 2nd and 3rd classes!

We had Free dance Friday @ little lunch today.


What a week!!! Thank you to everyone who gave up their free time to visit our school and help out for Active School Week! We loved having you and we enjoyed every minute.

Now it is time for everyone to enjoy a well deserved Easter break! Happy Easter everyone!!

Teamwork Thursday

Mindfulness with Mary

Thank you Mary Richardson for coming into 1st and 2nd class today and giving us tips to help us relax and breathe!

Hockey with Andrew

1st and 3rd classes had a brilliant time with Andrew playing hockey in the PE hall. We loved the drills and learned  a lot about the sport.

Diet and Nutrition talk with Vincie Baldwin- Geraldines GFC

6th class absolutely LOVED chatting with Vincie about nutrition and the correct diet required when playing sport. As many of our 6th class play a sport, they were very interested in what Vincie had to say. They worked in groups to chat about the main food groups, the correct food to eat before and after training and the reasons why, the length of time you should wait to train after eating and most important of all – EAT BREAKFAST! Thank you for answering all our questions!!!

Geraldines GFC Coaching with 3rd and 4th

Thanks AGAIN to Geraldines GFC for taking skills sessions again today- the kids loved it.

Zumbatomics with Ms Larkin – Junior Infants

Junior Infants LOVED showing off their dance moves today in the hall. Ms Larkin is a fantastic instructor!

Playground Games in the Yard

4th Class vs 4th Class in Benchball

Soccer League Final

A tense game, ending in penalties….but the red and whites won in the end! CONGRATS!!

Walk it Wednesday

Blackrock Hurling and Camogie Club

Thank you to Séamus from Blackrock Hurling and Camogie Club for taking both 2nd classes for a short skills session. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed it!

The Great Hat Walk

Check out these fancy hats!!! As a whole school, we walked up and down Blackrock Main Street. Such a colourful parade!!


Zumbatomics with Senior Infants in the hall. Big thank you to Ms Larkin!!

5th Class vs Teachers in Rounders

5th class vs Teachers in rounders on the pitch. It came down to the wire, but the teachers finished 2 points ahead! CHAMPIONS!!!!

Try it Tuesday

Aura Leisure Centre

Oonagh from Aura Leisure Centre gave a water safety talk to both 4th and 5th classes. We really enjoyed the talk and we learned a lot about water safety in the swimming pool, outdoor water, on the farm and in the home. We all got a Land PAWS 1 certificate after completing the course. Thank you Oonagh!


Obstacle Course

An obstacle course was set up on the pitch today for classes to use.

Cumann na mBunscoil All County Girls’ Blitz- Semi Final. 7 a side

Our 5th and 6th class girls were in action today in the 7 a side semi final in Monasterboice. Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in this round. Well done to our girls and to the other teams- Tenure (winners), Ballapousta and Dromin.

Active School Week

*The World Health Organisation recommends that children and youth aged 5–17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.*

Active School Week (ASW)

3rd-7th April 2017

  • “The ASW initiative is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community. It allows schools to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it also very enjoyable.”
  • PE Tracksuit every day for students and staff BUT  due to school photographs, a change of clothes will be needed on Tuesday
  • We are promoting active travel during Active School Week. We ask all students to try and walk/scoot/cycle part/all the way to school during Active School Week.
  • Children will be asked to complete ‘Active Homework’ during ASW
  • We have organised fun whole school events and we have invited local sports clubs and physical activity providers to give taster sessions during ASW.
  • All news/updates will be posted on our school website.


Active School Week Programme of Events

3rd– 7th April 2017

Monday: Move it Monday

  • 9:30am: Launch of ASW: Assembly in hall, winning slogan, Active Homework- 60mins per day challenge, drop everything and dance- song: ‘Macarena’
  • 11-12noon : Zumbatomics– Junior Infants – in hall
  • 11am: Blackrock Hurling and Camogie visit 2X 5th Class – Short Talk in classroom
  • 11:00-11:45am: Geraldines Gaelic Coaching: 2X 6th Class. 11:45-12:30 2X 5th Class – on pitch
  • 1:50pm: Basketball Shots Challenge (6th Class) vs Teachers – on Basketball Court. Soccer League Semi Final

Tuesday: Try it Tuesday

  • Aura Leisure Water Safety Talk: 9:30-10:00am 2X 4th Class. 10:00-10:30am 2X 5th Class
  • Obstacle Course – for all classes – on pitch
  • 12 noon: All County Girls’ Blitz Semi Final in Monasterboice.

Wednesday: Walk it Wednesday

  • 9:00-10:45am: Blackrock Hurling and Camogie: 2X 2nd Class Skills Session 45 mins each
  • 11-12:30: The Great Hat Walk Whole School Event. Walk around Blackrock Village
  • Workout Wednesday– Playground Leaders in Infant Yard at Big Lunch
  • 1:00-1:30pm Zumbatomics Senior Infants – in hall
  • 1:50pm: Rounders (5th Class) vs Teachers – on pitch
  • 2pm: 6th Class in Community Centre – gymnastics, long jump (Winning jump 3.75m!) and Penalty Shots.

Thursday: Teamwork Thursday

  • 9:00-10:30am: Hockey 2X 3rd Class. 45 mins each. 11-12:30 2X1st Class. 45 mins each
  • 9:30-10:30am : Mindfulness2X 1st Class, 2nd Class (Mrs O’H) 20 mins each
  • Track ThursdayJunior Infants – 6th class
  • 11:00-11:45 Geraldines Gaelic Coaching: 2X3rd Class. 11:45-12:30 2X 4th Class – on pitch
  • 1:00-1:30pm  Zumbatomics – in hall
  • 1:50pm: Playground Games – class vs class (i.e. 4th class vs 4th class) – outside. Soccer League Final

Friday: Feel Good Friday

  • Obstacle Course set up on pitch all day
  • 9:30-10:30am : Mindfulness2nd Class (Mr Mc K), 2X 3rd Class
  • Senior Infants– Easter Egg Hunt
  • Free Dance Friday– Whole School at little lunch.


All classes: Active lines, make use of local physical amenities during ASW (park, playground, and beach),, youtube- cosmic yoga.

Dance at lunchtime, INTO GAA Mini Sevens Skills Challenge


Move it Monday

Blackrock Hurling and Camogie Club

Séamus from Blackrock Hurling and Camogie Club came to visit 5th class for a short talk about hurling in Co Louth and information about his club. 5th class have just finished 6 weeks of hurling coaching with Paudie. Thank you Séamus!

Geraldines GFC

Geraldines GFC  senior players and coaches took 5th and 6th class pupils for gaelic coaching on the pitch.

Big thank you to Gerry, John, Sharon, Roisin, Caoimhe and Senan! We had great fun!

6th Class vs Teachers Basketball Shots Challenge

6th class took on the teachers in a basketball shots challenge. After 3 rounds, the pupils were deserving winners!! Well done 6th Class!!!!