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PE Questionaire

We would greatly appreciate if parents could take the time to fill out this questionnaire with their children before Friday 14th March 2014.

Thanking you

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Our P.E class

Last Friday we had P.E with Patricia in the hall. We played lots of games. First of all we played cat and mouse with the parachute and we made waves by shaking it up and down. Then we were balancing on benches. We had to stand on one leg for  five seconds and try not to fall off! When the class was over we lined up and walked back to class. We had great fun.


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Playground Games

Painting games

Introduction to Playground Games

It may look like leisure time, but when children are playing  ‘house’, fighting imaginary dragons or organizing a game of hopscotch, they’re actually developing crucial life skills and preparing their brains for the challenges of adulthood.
Outdoor play strengthens a child’s social skills and helps build confidence, according to Dr. Anna Britt of the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Children gain confidence as they master the physical skills associated with outdoor play and also must learn to work together in some situations. Students become more fit and healthy as they spend more time active in the outdoors and start choosing healthy foods over junk food. Students also learn focus and patience, co-operation, teamwork and social skills.
Research has also shown that exercise improves children’s mental alertness and academic performance. Educational psychologists claim that games can also improve social skills, boost confidence and self-esteem and prevent bullying.  Many of today’s school children are missing out on the chance to enjoy such fun games – and all the health benefits they bring with them. We feel it is important to teach youngsters how to play these games including Hopscotch and Square Ball in an attempt to get them more active in the school break.
For our playground games, H.S.E. stencils were used for the ‘Snail’ target board, the infants’ Activity Path and the Maze.  All other games were measured, marked, masked and painted individually by parents- each angle, circle and line. No fun! These include: the Square Ball games, Hopscotch, Compass, Darts, Chess/Draughts, Snakes & Ladders, Noughts & Crosses, Target circles, Basketball court, Sunflower and Number Ladder.
Each game was chosen with care for its purpose and ultimate benefits. For instance, whilst playing and having fun, Hopscotch helps with children’s balance, co-ordination and dexterity as well as educationally with their numbers. Chess and Draughts are great for strategy & logical thinking skills as well developing decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.

We are thrilled to be able to offer the boys attending our school the opportunity to partake in playground games thanks to the hard work of these parents who spent many full days outlining & painting the games, power hosing where needed, and sponsoring equipment and paint:
Aileen & Jerry Daly (Chairperson of the Parent’s Association Committee), Eileen Higgins (Treasurer), Eithne Murphy (Secretary), Mary Kate Barry, Mary & Timmie Brosnan & T.J. Brosnan (past pupil), Teresa Brosnan, Bernie & Eamon Browne, Mag & Paudie Dineen & Eric Dineen (past pupil),  Christine Fitzgerald, Carmel Fleming, Lilly Moynihan, Frankie Mueller, Carol & Dónal O’Driscoll, Rickie O’Keeffe, Catherine Hourigan, Brenda Roche and Bernie Walsh.
Increasing pressure on children’s time, safety concerns and the advent of computer and video games are all contributing to the downturn in interest in these pastimes and an increase in childhood obesity. To ensure your child can fully participate in our playground games, please explain the rules of each game to your child (or research the Internet).Thanks to the relentless work of these parents and Múinteoir Christine, the schoolyard is diversified and beautified, the children are now playing a variety of games at break and we have a fabulous new facility which the children can enjoy for many years to come.

Painting Playground games

Dónal and T.J.’s skills of measuring and drawing accurately were used to the ultimate for the Darts game, the Compass, Snakes & Ladders, Noughts and Crosses and Chess game.

Dónal O’Driscoll provided the boys with 2 large dice, cut from timber and painted, to play the Snakes and Ladders game.
Rickie O’Keeffe, who is providing  the Xs and Os for the Noughts and Crosses game. 

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The reason I don’t like Messi is because he thinks he is unreal. I would not have him on my team.
Ronaldo is fast, he is skillful and excellent. If he kept running, he’d be faster than Bolt. I know Bolt is fast but so is Ronaldo.
My favourite players are Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil. He is German. My favourite United player is Nani. I like Barcelona.

Denis Murphy, 2nd Class

Why you should support Man. United

Although not everybody would agree, I want to argue that Man. United is the best team in the Premier League. I have several reasons for arguing for this point of view. My first reason is that Man. United has won 19 Premier Leagues and 4 Champion Leagues and so have been very successful.
A further reason is that Wayne Rooney plays for them and is a good soccer player. Alex Ferguson is their manager. Need I say more?
Furthermore, Man. United is the only team in England who has won the treble.
Therefore, although some people might argue that Man United is not a good team, I think they are good team.

Dylan O’ Riordan, 4th Class


Arsenal is a football club in London founded in 1886. It was founded by a group of men working in a gun factory. The Arsenal grounds are in North London, off The Holloway Road. Arsenal has won 13 Premier Leagues, 10 FA Cups and 1 European Cup. In my opinion, Arsenal’s best players are Tony Adams, Theiry Henry, Lemmon, Walcott, Denis Bergcamp and David Seaman.

Andrew Murphy, 3rd Class

Dirt-bike racing is a fit sport

Dirt-bike racing is an amazing sport and it’s a way to show your talent. Your wrists and ankles get stronger from pulling the throttle, changing gears and sticking your leg out at bends. You could be on different positions at different times, like standing up when going over jumps and pulling into the handle bars at a sharp corner. Dirt-bike racing can be your hobby and you can get a lot of experience. Some people might think that dirt-bike racing is a dangerous sport.
I think I have shown that dirt-bike racing is a fit sport.

Conor O’Donovan, 4th Class


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Sport is our passion

Newmarket Boys’ School

Our has won many sporting events. We have won two Sciath na Scol titles in hurling, several local titles in football and hurling, and we also won the INTO mini-sevens. There is also a special emphasis on athletics in our school.
We have two training sessions a week for a half an hour per session. We train hurling on Thursdays and football on Tuesdays. We have a very good pitch beside our school and we use that for home games. We have a coach called Tim O Connor and he does athletics with us. We have a positive healthy eating programme. It improves our healthy eating. It helps us to develop peak physical exercise. There is also special emphasis on swimming and all of that improves our fitness.
In conclusion, I believe sports are great fun and hopefully we will win many titles in the future.

Patrick Browne, 6th class

Newmarket Boys’ School plays several sports. We have achieved many titles such as 2 Sciath na Scol titles in hurling, U12 Duhallow title for football and 2 or 3 medals from Cork City Sports. We have improved our sports and we hope to win another title soon.
We enjoy playing sports. At break time, we play soccer and basketball. Every Tuesday, an athletics coach called Tim O’ Connor comes in and helps us to improve our athletic skills unlike other schools. Múinteoir Eamon helps us with our hurling skills every Thursday at 2:30. We sometimes go to the field if it’s dry. Múinteoir Anthony helps us with our football skills every Tuesday at 2:30 as well. Healthy eating is very important in our school. Healthy food gives us energy and improves our fitness levels. Múinteoir Anthony promotes and encourages us to eat healthy food.
In conclusion, I hope that we will improve more on our sports and we will be unstoppable.

Aaron Jennings, 6th class

Cork  -v- Clare – A Sports Commentary

Tonight, we have a truly excellent match for you, the Allianz League relegation match of Cork –v- Clare.  The sides met in Páirc Uí Rinn in Cork on the 16th of March. Cork were leading for all of the first half but it turned out to be Clare’s game.
Back to the main game tonight. Cork –v-Clare relegation round. The sliotar is thrown in with Clare getting the ball first but Cork getting the first point. When one got a point, the other got a point, until Cork got a goal and another to follow. It went to extra time and Cork won.

Brian Hubbard, Rang 2

Newmarket Boys’ School

Our School is a school which participates in a variety of sports. We have achieved titles in hurling and football such as Sciath na Scol and the Duhallow hurling and football finals. We also have an athletics trainer coming to our school to teach us about athletics.
Our school competes in numerous sports and at least over 90% of children play, watch and like some kind of sport. This year in hurling, we hope to win the Sciath na Scol County Final. We have won this title twice since we entered in 2008. Since then, to show our passion for sport, we have had 2 players to play for the Cork Primary School’s Team and hoping to have another in the near future. Athletics is important in our school as most people like running and some don’t like G.A.A. or Soccer. An Athletics trainer named Tim O’Connor comes to our school and teaches us how athletics are supposed to be done. Also, we hope to do more sports in our school within a year or so.
In conclusion, every school needs sport and I hope to have more activities in sport next year.

Cian Crowley, 6th class

Newmarket Boys’ National School has achieved 2 Sciath na Scol titles in hurling and several Duhallow titles and some athletic medals. We play a lot of sports including hurling, football, soccer and basketball. On Tuesdays, we do athletics and football training. Our athletics trainer is Tim O’Connor. On Thursdays, we do hurling training. Our hurling trainer is Múinteoir Eamon. We are also good for healthy eating and we have a healthy eating policy. To start our healthy eating policy, we had taster days when we sampled different types of healthy food. Examples were tomatoes, apples, oranges, cucumbers, peppers and bananas. We also had the Food Dudes promoting fruit and veg. by giving free samples. Once a month we’re allowed one treat such as chocolate.
In my personal opinion, I think sports play an important role in our every day school life. You need to eat healthy to be good at sports.

Jamie Kenneally, 5th Class 

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