Newsletter Jan. 2016 (1)

Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Tullow, Co.Carlow


19 January 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,


The pupils are now well settled back after the Christmas break and we look ahead to what we’ve planned for the next while.  As a school we have decided to do what we can to support the work of “Operation Transformation”.  In case you didn’t realise: – Even though we have very limited space and no green area we are a very active school.

What are we doing?


  1. Gymnastics: all classes. For this term Carolanne will take all classes every Monday.


  1. Activity Sessions: 1st – 6th – all year. John Kenny attends each Friday and takes 2 separate classes for active workouts. This means that John gets to each class every 3 weeks.


  1. Swimming: 2nd – 5th – throughout the year. 4th & 5th have already had their swimming sessions for this school year. 2nd & 3rd are starting on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.


  1. Football skills: all classes – throughout the year. Ger O’Shea (in conjunction with Carlow Ladies Football) coaches the girls in football skills. Over the course of the year each class will have a block of coaching with Ger.


  1. We have introduced the “Super Troopers” physical activity based homework.


  1. We have “Active Brain Breaks” in class between subjects.


From now until Easter we will add to the above by: –

(a) Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings: senior girls (4th, 5th, 6th) will “walk a mile” around the playground – see how much you will have clocked up by the end of the term!


(b) Tuesday/Thursday All classes will do a “Wake Up Shake Up” activity in the yard after the bell rings. This will be led by

Ms. Coen/Ms. O’Toole


The school day and curriculum demands won’t allow us to fit in any more physical activities but it doesn’t have to end at 3p.m.

Suggestions for parents and children:

  1. Go for a short walk/jog in the evenings as a family.
  2. Join up with a couple of others to organise a “fun walk” one or two evenings a week.
  3. Encourage your daughter to join the athletics club or any physically active club e.g. dancing, swimming, football.

We would love to hear more suggestions.


In conjunction with the “activity” side we will also be promoting the benefits of healthy eating.


As you’re aware, healthy eating habits started early in childhood can last a lifetime.  We will support a new healthy lunchbox initiative being launched on 21st January 2016 on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation television series which is sponsored by safefood.


The initiative ‘Operation Healthy Lunchbox’ which is also supported by Healthy Ireland, will be led by the TV show’s dietitian Aoife Hearne, and is inviting schools and teachers to upload photos of the healthy class lunchboxes via the Operation Transformation website.


Each week, Aoife will choose the healthiest lunchboxes and presenter Kathryn Thomas will make a surprise visit to some winning schools live on 2FM’s The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene.


We hope you also will support this initiative.


Signed:- Anne Kennelly


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