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Flags for Our Frontline Heros Campaign!

Across the country, children are coming to a new realisation that heroes come in many forms and that many of them in fact are in their own homes. In the face of the Global COVID-19 pandemic, these heroes are their parents, cousins, neighbours and friends who are spending long hours day and night, fighting to ensure that this virus is controlled and lives are protected.

IPPN, INTO, NAPD, TUI and ASTI  are proposing that as a show of support for those workers and volunteers on front lines at this critical time, all children who have a flag in their county or club colours, or whatever team they follow across any code, would hang that flag from their gate posts, windows, or wherever they would normally place a flag when supporting their county club or team ahead of an important match.

While sports events at the moment are currently postponed, such a show of solidarity from the children of the country towards those on the front line will demonstrate our gratitude for their marvellous dedication to their critical work at this extraordinary time. Hanging out the flags will also provide colour to lift everybody at a time when people are psychologically feeling the effects of this terrible pandemic.

We are asking all education agencies and sports organisations to support the initiative and to use their communication platforms to share this information with members.

We hope that in the coming days, with your help, every road, street, lane, avenue, estate and apartment complex will be festooned with colour to honour our Heroes- our families neighbours and friends in the Frontline services.

Walk to School Week 2020 (with a Twist)!

How well do you know your 2-5km radius zone? Whilst we can’t run our annual week-long, walk to school call to action event this year, we have an idea to celebrate Walk to School Week 2020 with a twist! We are asking students and families to take a walk into the great outdoors and discover what their 2-5km has to offer. 

From May 11-15th, 2020, Green-Schools Travel is inviting students, teachers and families nationwide to join us in ‘Getting to know your 2km zone’. As part of the #GreenSchoolsStayHome project we have weekly activities to inspire fully exploring your 2-5km zone, and we will ask if students have valued the time and space that they have been granted as part of the lockdown restrictions.

Click on the image below to find out more!

Active Home Week April 27th-May 3rd 2020.

All  our families in Cloonakilla N.S. school  participated in the “Active Home Week” challenge.

The aim of this challenge was to get our recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. We asked the children to find four different ways of being active every day, adding up to 60 minutes of activity each day and to record their activities in their Active Home Week Challenge Chart.

Watch this space as the different classes share their experiences in photos and diary form!

Our Fifth Classes were very active this week!

Our  Second  Classes  have been very active during the school closure. During active schools week they perfected their running techniques by watching videos and then practising the skills taught. The children have been running outside and some children have even been running on treadmills. The children have completed physical activity challenges every day – eg. How many jumping jacks can you do in a minute? They have also created and completed their own obstacle courses. Other children have been busy on bouncing on trampolines and on pogo sticks. Lots of children have been dancing too!

Our Junior Infant Classes were also very active! Here are some of them in action!

Active Home Week April 27th-May 3rd 2020.

Click on the image below to enter the Active Schools website with challenges and resources for Active Home Week.

Art Competition National Art Gallery of Ireland

This annual inclusive art competition aims to foster and support creativity, originality and self-expression in children and young people.

The Zurich Young Portrait Prize accepts entries from young people, up to the age of 18, of all abilities, from across the island of Ireland.

A panel of judges will select 20 finalists in four categories: ages 6 and under, ages 7-11, ages 12-15 and ages 16-18. These portraits will be displayed in the National Gallery of Ireland from 21 November 2020 to 21 March 2021, and at our partner venue, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, from 17 April to 11 July 2021.

Five winners (one from each age category, and an overall winner) will be chosen from the shortlist of 20 portraits. Winners will receive a bespoke art box and a cash prize.

Enter now!