A mes­sage from Coláiste na Sceilge

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SOUTH KERRY GAA -

SPORTS is the counter weight to the sub­jects that make up the bulk of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. It teaches in­ter­de­pen­dence, team work, prob­lem solv­ing, tol­er­ance dis­ci­pline and strat­egy. It lets off steam, awak­ens dor­mant tal­ent, builds re­la­tion­ships and is of course good craic. De­liv­ered by pro­fes­sion­als it is a pow­er­ful cat­a­lyst for well­be­ing. The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion need to give greater recog­ni­tion to this and mak­ing PE an exam sub­ject is far from enough.

Be­fore the Easter hol­i­days our stu­dents, teach­ers and some par­ents set off on our an­nual 5K run/walk, the fi­nal event of our ac­tive school week. Our ac­tive week and a com­pre­hen­sive sports cur­ricu­lum which ranges from vol­ley­ball to yoga, all de­liv­ered by qual­i­fied PE teach­ers are some of the things that en­sured we be­came the first post pri­mary school in Kerry to achieve an Ac­tive School Flag and also con­trib­uted to our suc­cess­ful bid to be­come a Com­mu­nity Sports Hub.

Coláiste na Sceilge com­petes in foot­ball, soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, ath­let­ics rugby and row­ing and we have had a great year with among oth­ers our girls cadets bas­ket­ball team win­ning All-Ire­land bronze medals in di­vi­sion A and Siofra O’Shea play­ing on the Ir­ish Bas­ket­ball Squad.

The en­joy­ment of par­tic­i­pat­ing in so many dis­ci­plines is owed to our won­der­ful teach­ing staff for com­bin­ing with a num­ber of coaches from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Their com­mit­ment to sport and to our young peo­ple is ex­em­plary.

Kerry ETB is a huge sup­porter of sport in all of their schools and each year or­gan­ises a one day sport­ing event. First-years com­pete in ori­en­teer­ing, se­cond-years in ath­let­ics, third-years in spike ball, and tran­si­tion years in tag rugby. They also sup­port Iver­agh day which al­lows our stu­dents to ex­plore a dif­fer­ent part of Iver­agh each year.

On a hardy Wed­nes­day morn­ing dur­ing the Easter hol­i­days our un­der 16s gath­ered for a train­ing ses­sion with their teacher and coach John Dor­gan and our care­taker and coach Bren­dan O’Shea. PJ Reidy was also at hand who, thanks to the County Board, coaches our teams weekly and we could not ask for bet­ter. There was plenty of pos­i­tive en­ergy, fresh air and ban­ter and this is, of course, what it is all about. Sport is for a life­time and needs more time on the cur­ricu­lum. Our sin­cere thanks to the South Kerry Board and our part­ners in sport and well­be­ing for this op­por­tu­nity.

Coláiste na Sceilge Se­nior Team Win­ners of the 2009 Ho­gan Cup. John O Con­nor, Prin­ci­pal Coláiste na Sceilge, Ca­her­siveen.

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