Sports and the Curriculum
In St. Patrick’s NS, we aim to provide a broad and balanced physical education programme. We also aim to encourage pupil’s skills and talents in the area of sports while offering them opportunities to certain sports they may never access.
Specialist coaching is offered throughout the year as part of our in-school PE progamme including GAA, gymnastics and swimming.
GAA coaching is provided free of charge every Wednesday by our local GAA club, Stars of Erin.
We also have a coach from Leinster Rugby visit our school each week.
We have after schools activities that include yoga, playball and dance.
Senior pupils (3rd – 6th) visit Baltinglass Adventure Centre in June for a variety of activities under the Outdoors & Adventure Activities Strand. These include orienteering, kayaking, rock climbing, archery & hiking.
Cumann na mBunscol
We have a very sucessfull football and hurling team who reached the hurling Dublin Cumann na mBunscol league final last year and won the football outright. Boys and girls are welcome to take part as we have a range of teams.
We run a 6 week block of basketball coaching after christmas.
Soccer matches take place daily in the yard for pupils from 2nd-6th class.
In the last month of the school year we hold a Sports Day in the local Stars of Erin field. Each class has a relay race and a novelty race. Medals are given out for First, Second and Third place in all races including the parents’ races and every child gets a medal for participation. This is a great family day out and is enjoyed by all. See all of the fun in our Sports Gallery below.
Cycling Proficiency Course
A Cycling Proficiency Course takes place every year for pupils of 6th class. This course consists of 6 lessons including a test and all are free of charge. We also have Infant cycling with the SDCC balance bike inniative. As a Green School, we are delighted to encourage safe, green travel amongst our pupils.
Extra Curricular Classes
There are also after school sporting activities that parents may sign their children up for such as Playball and Irish Dancing. The Stars of Erin GAA club also train in our school hall in the evenings and weekends, with nursery and junior classes. All welcome.
We have a wide variety of sports stars amongst our pupils and we congratulate them all on their many achievements.