Our second week of our ‘women in sport’ module saw us taking on Zumba with the ever-enthusiastic Olivia! The teachers really led by example this week along with some of our 6th year girls and also a selection of 3rd years! Well done to everyone. Hoping to see a huge turnout for body attack next week!



Our 2018 Women in Sport module kicked off on Wednesday after school. Yoga was the first activity, kindly provided by our own Ms Ní Hutáin. A lovely way for our senior girls (particularly our 6th years who have just finished their mocks) to look after both their physical and mental health. Already looking forward to our next activity after midterm!

Women in Sport Yoga


Congratulations and well done to our trend – setting teachers who on Monday finished their trampoline fitness classes!

Setting a great example for our students and getting the exercise in as well. Thanks to Zuzi from Jump for Joy Athy for a very enjoyable few weeks of activity.





Active Schools Committee 2017/2018

Orla O’Donohue

Rachel Delaney

Wiktoria Szeremeta

Sadhbh Kenny-Carroll

Elle Griffin

Maja Gliszczynska

Niall Doyle

Robyn Leonard

Grainne Crosby

Lisa Walsh

Leanne Kelly-Devereaux

Caoimhe O’Sullivan

Tara Cronin


Active Schools Committee – roles

Noticeboard – Ms. McNeill

Orla O’Donohue, Rachel Delaney, Wiktoria Szeremeta

Website and Twitter – Ms. Treacy

Sadhbh Kenny-Carroll, Elle Griffin, Maja Gliszczynska, Niall Doyle

Women in Sport – Mr. Reeves

Robyn Leonard, Grainne Crosby, Lisa Walsh, Leanne Kelly-Devereaux, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Tara Cronin

Community Links – Mr. Quinn

Sophie Ollier, Nicole Murphy, Adam Delahunt, Shauna Robins, Leo Chambers

Active Schools Week – Ms Maguire/ Ms Bolger/Ms. Comerford

Sarah Foley, Nina Sabatowska, Florence Adeoye, Niamh O’Sullivan

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Wellbeing week round up

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What a week! Wellbeing week was brought to a close with a very busy Friday.

Ombudsman for children Niall Muldoon and 9 time All Ireland winning Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrrell spoke to both junior and senior classes about wellbeing, resilience and the importance of asking for help.

The Cycle against Suicide spin was a great success again this year – why not join or go out and support the national cycle which will be passing through Athy on Saturday May 6th?

For the students who didn’t bring their bikes, Zumba Olivia provided an hour of brilliant, pulse raising activity which was enjoyed by all.

The Active School committee were presented with their badges and are gearing up for the school visit in May where hopefully their hard work will be rewarded with Ardscoil’s first Active Flag.

Thanks to all teachers, student groups and special guests who assisted in any way with this super week.


Welcome to the final day of our Wellbeing week!

Today’s theme is WELLBEING

Today’s activities include:

Health Promotion stand in the hall
Whole school speaker – Niall Muldoon (Ombudsman for children)
Cycle against Suicide School Spin
Whole school Zumba



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What a busy day in Ardscoil na Trionoide!

Today we had our fun run/walk in Athy GAA – almost every student in the school got their 60 required minutes of physical activity today and there was a great buzz around the school. Thank you to Mr. Quinn for his hard work.

We also had our tastiest treats competition – thanks so much to all of the teachers who baked the many ‘healthy snacks’ that were sampled today and of course to Ms. Dunne and Ms. O’Brien for overseeing it. Winner of the competition will be announced tomorrow.

Pictured below are some of the students who enjoyed their walk/run today. Remember, exercise is good for both body and mind!



Thursday’s theme is exercise and healthy eating

Today’s activities include:

  • Health Promotion stand in the hall
  • Breathe workshop for 2nd years
  • Tastiest treats competition in hall (lunchtime)
  • Active Schools initiatives – Whole school FUN RUN/WALK, basketball free throws and LCA organised obstacle course on pitch (lunchtime)

Don’t forget! Children and young adults should aim to be active for at least 60 minutes every day!








Wednesday’s theme is Friendship and anti-bullying.

Today’s activities include:

  • Health Promotion stand in the hall
  • TY Cy
    cle against Suicide team – Cycle against Suicide mural
  • Friendship bracelet making workshop for first years – Amber flag team (lunchtime)
  • Omelette Challenge in the hall (lunchtime)
  • Quiet time in Oratory for senior students at lunch time (Mr. Gannon)
  • Active Schools initiatives – senior table tennis, junior free taking, plank challenge


Tuesdays theme is Rest and Relaxation

Today’s activities include:

  • Health Promotion stand in the hall
  • Plank challenge in the hall
  • Wellbeing practitioner Pamela Sage speaking to various classes about the importance of rest and relaxation
  • Yoga for senior students and staff in the LS room at lunch time (Pamela Sage)
  • Quiet time in the Oratory at lunchtime (Mr. Gannon)
  • Active School’s initiatives – junior table tennis in the gym, senior free taking on the pitch


Monday’s theme is Positive Mental Health

Today’s Activities include:

  • Health Promotion Stand in the hall
  • Launch of ‘Positivity Jars’ in all classrooms
  • Holistic well-being (BREATHE workshop)
  • PE focus: Exercise for Life
  • Active Schools initiatives – lunchtime badminton blitz, Ardscoil’s strongest arms competition.

Check out our video! :) 

Don’t let your life be a mannequin challenge! Wellbeing week 2017

Visit from Women’s Rugby World Cup

30th March 2017 was a hugely exciting day in Ardscoil na Trionoide. We were honored to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in our school. Students from all years got to see the cup and pose with it, and were treated to a tip rugby display by our TY girls.

The Women’s rugby World Cup will be held in various stadiums around Ireland during the month of August. We will be sure to cheer the girls in green on every step of the way!

Pictured below are some members of the Active Schools team with the cup




Women in Sport – Week 4

Week 4 of our Women in Sport module saw us tackle Pilates. It was a tough session, where the 5th and 6th year girls (and some teachers!) worked their cores and practiced their Pilates breathing.

Another great session at the end of a great 4 weeks!


Women in Sport – Week 3

This week saw our senior girls tackle kick-boxing – a really fun and different activity, one which most of the girls had never tried before!

It was very enjoyable, and we’re all looking forward to Pilates
next week, and of course the visit from the WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP!



Women in Sport – Week 2

Week 2 of our Women in Sport module saw us take on Body Attack – a challenging but very exciting whole body workout, given by a trained instructor from K Leisure, Athy.

There was a great turnout again, which we hope will continue over the next few weeks in the build up to the visit from the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy. See Active Schools notice board for K-Leisure class timetable – why not try Body Attack!



Women in Sport – Week 1

This Wednesday (8th) marked the first week of our ‘Women in Sport’ module. We are building up to our very exciting event at the end of the month – a visit from the Women’s Rugby World Cup trophy to our school!

We kicked off with Zumba, and had a great turnout! Thanks to Zumba Olivia, Mr. Reeves, Ms. Maguire, the teachers who took part and of course our students.

Tag rugby training begins tomorrow (Thursday 9th) at lunchtime. See Mr. Reeves for details.

Well done everyone – can’t wait for next week already!

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PE classes from various years were extremely privileged today – they got to meet

Irish International 400 meter hurdler and Sky Sports Ambassador Paul Byrne.Paul Byrne with 1A and 1B

Paul has represented Ireland at the European Senior Championships and as a training partner of Thomas Barr is himself hoping to run in the Olympic Games in 2020.

He spoke at length about how the skills he has learned from sport (commitment, adaptability, communication, overcoming ‘hurdles’, and persistence to name a few) are so transferable to everyday life.

He will also be working with the LCA class and hopefully helping to get their big project up and running — details to follow!




Community Links: Athy Dragon Boat Club, Athy Karate and Jiu Jitsu, Athy Basketball Club.

We have been extremely fortunate to have had representatives in from various clubs in to speak with our PE classes since Christmas.

Details about these clubs (and others) can all be found on our ACTIVE SCHOOLS noticeboard.

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__Aidan McHugh                                               Mick Aldridge                                                   Michael Aldridge

Athy Dragon Boat Club                                  Athy Karate and Jiu Jitsu                                AC Demons Basketball Club


Community Links: Athy Triathlon Club

Gemma Martin, Lily Bowden, Paul Syder and Sean O’Mahoney from Athy Triathlon Club visited 2nd year PE on Tuesday February 7th. They gave a great insight into what is involved with Triathlon training and were really enthusiastic about students getting involved with the Athy Triathlon Club and giving it a “try”!


Thanks to the Triathlon Club for linking up with Ardscoil na Trionoide.

See our ACTIVE SCHOOLS noticeboard for Triathlon club details and contacts.

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A- Z: A Sample of Physical Activity Opportunities in our local area


Archery – Harbour House Sports Club, Athy- 087 2733 837


Athletics – Crookstown Millview Athletics Club, Narraghmore. See Facebook.


Badminton – St Laurences Badminton Club, Narraghmore. See Facebook

Basketball -AC Demons, Athy College. See Facebook or 085 827 6662

Boxing – St. Michael’s Boxing Club, Athy. See Facebook @StMichaelsBoxingClubAthy or Call 0872415898


Canoeing – Athy Rowing and Canoe Club, athyrowingandcanoeing@gmail.com or call 0871312637

Camogie – Athy Camogie Club, St. Laurences Camogie Club – see Facebook

Circuit Training – Leroy’s Training Systems. See Facebook.

Cycling – Athy Wheelers Cycling Club http://www.athywheelers.com/


Ballroom Dancing – Definition Dance. See Facebook, Call 0857484305 or email definitiondance@hotmail.com

Irish Dancing – Marie Farrell Caffrey School of Irish dancing. 0876104684

Hip Hop Dancing – Shakers Hip Hop. See Facebook


Equestrian (Contact Miss Carter)


Gaelic Football

Athy: www.athygfc.com or see Facebook

Ballylinan: www.ballylinangaa.com or see Facebook

Barrowhouse: Barrowhouse GAA club – see Facebook

Rheban: Rheban GFC club – see Facebook

St. Josephs: www.stjosephsgaa.com or see Facebook

St. Laurences: St Laurences GAA club – see Facebook

Golf –  Athy Golf Club, see Facebook or call 059 863 1729

Gymnastics – Athy Gymnastics Club http://www.athygymnasticsclub.com/ info@athygymnasticsclub.com or see Facebook


Handball –  www.GAAhandball.ie

Hockey – www.carlowhockey.com


Jiu Jitsu – Mick Aldridge 0860841073


Karate – Athy Karate Club 0860841073


Meggers – Gouleyduff Meggers Club, Athy. See Facebook


Rowing – Athy Rowing and Canoe Club, athyrowingandcanoeing@gmail.com or call 0871312637

Rugby – Athy Rugby Club www.athyrugbyclub.com or see Facebook


Shooting – Harbour House Sports Club, Athy- 087 2733 837 http://www.harbourhouseshooting.com

Soccer – Athy AFC, Clonmullion FC, Bridge Utd FC – see Facebook

Swimming – K Leisure Athy 0598641522


Tennis – Athy Tennis Club www.athytennisclub.com (059) 863 3645

Triathlonwww.athytriathalonclub.com, athytriclub@gmail.com or see Facebook




Yoga – Josie’s Yoga, Athy. See Facebook


Zumba – Zumba Olivia – see Facebook



Work is already underway for 2017 – we will be carrying out a lot of ‘fact-finding’ over the next few weeks!

Here is a breakdown of what we will be getting up to between now and midterm:


Task: Review of extra curricular in Ardscoil na Trionoide

Teacher: Ms McNeill

TYs: Ciara Taylor, Niamh Miley, Fiona Troute


Task: Importance of physical activity awareness campaign

Teacher: Ms Treacy

Task force: Aimee and Holly Flynn O Brien, Isabelle Fennin


Task: Women in Sport

Teacher: Ms Maguire/Mr Reeves

Task force: Fionn Breslin, Roisin Cooney, Kate Purcell


Task: Year group running challenge, active schools week, community mapping

Teacher: Mr Quinn, Mr Kelly, Ms Bolger

Task force: Hazel Corrigan, Valentin Gadijon, Eoghan Lynch, Eve Brennan and Oisin Kelly


If any student/teacher would like to get involved with our Active Schools committee please contact Ms. Bolger (bolgerp@ardscoil.ie) or any member of the committee. Thank you!









Today, 14th December was the first meeting of our Active Schools Committee.

2017 will be a busy year! Stay Tuned!


Ms Bolger, Mr Kelly, Mr Quinn, Ms Treacy, Ms McNeill

Fionn Breslin, Niamh Miley, Holly Flynn O’Brien, Aimee Flynn O’Brien, Ciara Taylor, Hazel Corrigan, Isabelle Fennin, Fiona Troute

Eoghan Lynch, Oisin Kelly, Roisin Cooney, Eve Brennan, Valentin Gadijon, Kate Purcell.