Yoga

The children have been delighted to participate in Yoga classes again this year. Yoga is considered to be a low-impact activity that can increase general health and stamina, promote relaxation, reducing stress and improve strength and balance to all parts of the body.

 

Running off the Turkey and Ham

When it comes to the Christmas excess there is no “app for that”. First week back after the holidays and we are putting in the kilometres. Having navigated the rugged peninsulas of Cork and Kerry we are looking forward to the relatively straight forward Clare coastline on our Wild Atlantic Way Challenge. This week we have put in 105 km and we have walked or run our way to Miltown Malbay. We decided to make camp at Spanish Point. Our next stretch is along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and through The Burren.

 

 

 

Olympic Handball

The children in the senior room enjoyed a modified version of Olympic Handball. This is an interesting sport popular in Scandinavian countries. Olympic Handball is probably best described as a cross between basketball, soccer and ice hockey. After some skills development drills the children were eager to give it a try. We simplified the rules slightly to suit our facilities and equipment.

 

Winter Solstice

The children in the 2nd and 3rd classes have been exploring Neolithic (late Stone Age) Ireland including the Newgrange Passage Tomb.  People gather at Newgrange for winter solstice dawn on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive. Sunrise is at 8.58am. All access to the chamber is decided by lottery. Weather permitting on the days around the Winter Solstice the rising sun illuminates the passage and chamber of the 5000 year old passage tomb.

Christmas Variety Performance

We had a highly entertaining afternoon watching the Christmas Variety Show. The children sang a medley of Christmas songs and performed Christmas tunes. The younger children enjoyed singing “Has anyone seen Santa  and the older children performed “Christmas Chaos” a play they had written themselves.