Active Schools

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1. Physical Education

In Scoil Bernadette every class has two 40minute PE classes per week.

We study invasion games: soccer, basketball, floorball and Olympic handball.

We study net fielding games: tennis, badminton, dodgeball and rounders.

We study health related fitness: fitness tests, gym work, circuit training and aerobics.

We study gymnastics: balances, travelling and sequences.

We study dance: Irish traditional dance and creative modern.

We study aquatics: all first years do five months compulsory swimming.

We study outdoor adventurous activities: orienteering.

We study athletics: sprinting, relays, long jump and shot putt.

As part of the Leaving Certificate Applied we study Active Leisure Studies and Leisure and Recreation.

Scoil Bernadette bodybuilding.

Active  Leisure Class visit local leisure centre.

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The human pyramid.

Gymnastics display.

Balancing in gymnastics.

2. Physical Activities

Our schools team compete with the schools of the Irish Special Schools Sports Council (ISSSC).

We play basketball, indoor football (5-a-side) and outdoor football (11-a-side). We are the current All Ireland Champions.

We have a fun sports jamboree.

We also compete in a swimming gala, an athletics competition and a table quiz.  

Munster B Team

Under 18 A team indoor finalists.

Girls football and basketball versus St. Mary's.

Working with the ISSSC.

All Ireland Under 18 Champions 2017

Girls Jamboree

Playground Leaders

Talking while you walk.

Talking while you walk!

Abbie demonstrating how to take part in hopscotch.

Under supervision he can now take part.

Perfect form.

Getting Fit

The Monday Mile is held every Monday at lunchtime. Students can walk or run 7 laps of the Spraoi Centre track (our sports yard). We use this to complete the Run Around Europe Challenge. Classes can and do take exercise breaks and count how many laps they complete.

Class Form For Run Around Europe Challenge.

School Fun Runs

The Whole school Went to Tramore Valley Park and walked or ran a 2.5km lap of the park. Some even did two laps. We hope to do it again in Spring.

First man home

Ready to run

Festive Fun Run

Wellbeing Weeks

1. December 4th - 8th - Be Thankful Week

The whole school tried to be thankful for everything we had in our lives. We created a gratitude tree. The staff gave out motivational stickers to students who said thank you.

Ms. Kelly's class held a whole school assembly on being thankful.

We also ran or walked for 20 minutes to show our gratitude for our health.

2. February 26th to March 2nd - Be Friendly Week

3. April 23rd to 27th - Be Nice Week

All the runners in the school run.

Our Gratitude Tree

School Run

3. Partnerships

Football for All international squad

Indoor athletics with Athletics Ireland

GAA at HQ!

Certificates from Mayfield GAA

Indoor athletics with Athletics Ireland

Mayfield GAA

Indoor athletics with Athletics Ireland

Rugby at Thomond

UCC Student support

4. Active Week

Active Week: 16-20th April 2018

A very enjoyable week was had by all with the following activities taking place.

Doing the Mile Challenge

Timetable of Events for Active Week

The students trained every Monday at lunchtime in order to be able to complete a one mile run around our track.

Doing the Mile Challenge.

Doing the Mile Challenge.

Doing the Mile Challenge.

Throwing punches.

Getting ready to punch and kick.

Jujitsu was introduced and practised. Self defence is a good skill to practise.

Stopping another kick.

Practising throws.

Blocking a kick.

Orienteering warm up.

Checking or thumbing the map.

Orienteering was a great hit with the students too.

Making a plan.

Finding the markers.

It is a thumbs up from me!

Lining up for the race.

Wheelchair sports were tried and tested and eventually we managed to play basketball.

Wheelchair pairs.

Playing wheelchair basketball.

A game of chase.

In tennis heaven.

Tennis coaching one to one.

Anyone for tennis with our excellent players and coaches.

Tennis warm ups.

Taking a shot.

Tennis Crew.

Active Flag Committee


Ms Walsh                           

Ms. Hayes

Ms. Budhlaeir

Ms. Kelly

Mr. McHugh










We have organised the whole school 20 minute run at the end of Be Thankful Week.

We also organised the whole school run in Tramore Valley Park.