Caherleaheen Celebrates On The Double With Active Flag And Science Award

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Caherleaheen teachers Caroline Redmond and Ann Laverty with Active Schools Flag committee Lila Grace Galway, Darragh O’Callaghan, Connie Feeney, Bobby Byrne and Cathal Morris, celebrating the school’s new Active Flag and Science Award. Photo by Dermot Crean

AS the school year winds down, things seem to be getting busier in many primary schools around Tralee and Caherleaheen is no exception.

In the past week they are celebrating getting two awards, Science Foundation Ireland award and an Active Schools Flag where it’s clear a lot of effort has has gone into their procurement.

“The Active Schools Flag was an initiative over two years where we aimed to get children more active and more often too,” said teacher Caroline Redmond who was involved in co-ordinating the programme.

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“At the start of the year the children came up with a slogan ‘Get on your kit and get fit’ and we ran several initiatives every term,” she added.

“We did marathon and half marathon initiatives in the school, ‘active línes’, pupils do the Parkruns on Saturdays and Sundays, we had ‘Dance Day Friday’ and we developed the outdoor and adventure area of the curriculum,” said Ann Laverty who also co-ordinated the programme.

Activity Week in April saw the pupils undertake a number of sports and the rain doesn’t put a halt to activity as the committee goes from class to class to do exercises with the kids.

Principal Mary Connolly said; “We really appreciate the efforts of the two teachers, Ann and Caroline, the committee and parents, especially Caroline Lynch and Una Moynihan, because there is a lot of criteria involved in getting the flag.”

Meanwhile, the school also received Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award.

“This is given to schools that complete an extensive programme in STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There was a bit of planning involved and we completed it as a school — teachers and pupils. We were delighted to get it,” said Mary Connolly.

The school also completed the Junior Entrepreneur Programme for the third year in a row for which they received another flag. Sixth class pupil Bobby Byrne was involved in the project.

“The product was called a ‘Switcher Cube’ which is a sort of a fidget toy that kids could play with and we sold in school and beyond. We learnt a lot about teamwork and we made some money that we put towards a party at the end of the year,” said Bobby.

So the year is ending on a high at Caherleaheen, with pupils setting the bar high for the 2018/2019 school year. A well-earned break for all is on the cards next though!

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