10th November 2020
Dear Parent /Guardian.
I would like to provide you with some information in relation to activities and events that are being conducted as part of the P.E. Programme. A lot of these initiatives have been put in place to order to increase or maintain the activity levels of the students. Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone. Providing opportunities for children to be active early on puts them on a path to better physical and mental health. It’s never too late to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends an accumulation of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily. Regular physical activity is also a significant reliever of stress and anxiety.
At Our Lady’s Grove we promote the above by undertaking the following:
- • Students all take part in P.E. for two class periods a week.
- • Students are encouraged to engage in activities run by the school. The extra-curricular sports include Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Athletics and Pilates (this is currently postponed but will run again post pandemic).
- Under our new admissions policy ratified by the Board of management in August, all first years must take part in a minimum of 2 extra-curricular activities, sporting or otherwise.
- • Students take part in the iRun for fun programme during PE which is an initiative run by Athletics Ireland. This will culminate with the whole school undertaking a 3k run in February/March. All students have received the iRun for fun booklet where they log their various activities.
- • First year students are completing the ‘Active 8’ programme designed by the HSE where students log an activity diary for 8 weeks aiming to gradually increase their activity levels each week.
- • Students in all years take part in the Schools’ fitness challenge (created by Professor Niall Moyna, Centre of Preventive Medicine, Dublin City University) taking part in the beep test to monitor fitness levels and progress throughout the year. The beep test is a simple way to measure students’ aerobic fitness. In basic terms it measures how good a job a student’s heart does at pumping oxygen and energy around their body.
On another note, we are setting up What’sApp groups for students who take part in extra-curricular sports to relay messages regarding training, matches, cancellations and such. The admin of the group will be the only one who can send messages. If you do not wish to allow your daughter to be part of this group please ensure the captain of the team has access to a mobile number that she can be contacted on as training and matches will take place outside of school time and on Saturdays.
I would appreciate any support you can give the students in getting active and staying active.
Thanking you for your co-operation.
PE teacher & Sports coordinator