Extra Curricular Activities

                                                           

                                                         Extra Curricular Activities

 
Extra school activities commence at 2.30pm and finish at 3.30pm.The activities provided may vary from year to year and are dependant on the availability of suitable staff or external tutors. Children are encouraged to take part in as many activities as possible, to expose them to new experiences and to provide opportunities to develop their interests and hobbies.
 
The activities currently provided are 
French
Chess  
Basketball
Arts & Crafts (including knitting, sewing, designing and up-cycling)
Computers
PE/Dance
Study Hub (6th Class only)
Homework Club
After school Care for Infants with older sisters/brothers (1.30pm to 2.25pm)
 
We also offer modules in rugby, hockey and boxercise at different times of the year, depending on the availability of external tutors.
 
French
The staff felt that as many children study French in Secondary School it was important to give them an opportunity to avail of this subject at a more relaxed level. The classes are open to all children from 4th to 6th classes and are free of charge. For the school year 2012-13, the classes will start in January.
 
The French teacher is a native French speaker and is allocated to the school on an annual basis. Application is made to Leargas, in January of each year, for a Language Assistant under Comenius Programme, which is EU funded.
 
 
Chess
Chess classes are held on Tuesday afternoons.
The class is divided into two groups, beginners and advanced. The advanced group is tutored by a chess teacher, while the beginners are tutored by a teacher.  Parents provide extra supervision if necessary. The school provides the necessary boards and chess sets and additional materials as required.
 
Basketball
This is a very popular activity and is open to children in 4th-6th classes. It runs on Tuesday afternoons and is free of charge. While the focus is on skills development and match preparation, there is also an emphasis on enjoyment.
 
Arts and Crafts
This club runs on both Tuesdays and is free of charge. There are two groups (2nd-3rd classes, and 4th-6th classes). The emphasis with the older children is on crafts and so they learn a variety of craft skills, including knitting, sewing, embroidery, soft-toy making, and crochet.
 
Computers
This club is on Tuesday, is open to 2nd-6th classes and is free of charge. There are two groups (2nd-4th classes, and 5-6th classes). The children use a variety of programmes on our laptops to extend their skills. We aim to teach Powerpoint and Prezzie as a useful tool for project work.
 
PE/Dance
This club is on Tuesday, is open to 2nd-3rd classes, and is free of charge. The focus is on fitness and stamina through a variety of activities. Dance is a very popular element of this club.
 
Study Hub
This is a time scheduled for doing homework and any extra study needed. It is supervised by 6th class teachers who can provide invaluable assistance as needed. It is held on Mondays and Wednesdays and is free of charge.
 
Homework Club
The junior Homework Club is held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pupils who need extra help with organization of their homework, or who may need additional support in completing it, are invited to join. It is supervised by two teachers who provide assistance as needed. There is no charge for this club.
 
After School For Infants
This is organised for children from Infant classes (1.30pm to 2.30pm) (See After School Care   policy). It is held each day and there is a weekly fee of €12.50.
 
 
Extra Curricular Activities for Parents
These activities are varied and are organized by the Home School Liaison teacher. (See Yearly Plan for HSCL).
 
Evaluation
These activities are evaluated by staff each year and decisions are made as to whether to alter or discontinue any activity. Parents’ views are welcome at any time. The children are also consulted and their opinions considered when planning new activities.
 
 
 
 
 
September 2012