Active School

Here at St. Columba’s N.S. we are working on making our school an Active School  and towards the Active School Flag. Throughout the year sports coaches are invited into the school to do different sports with the pupils. The pupils also attend sports competitions and blitzes. In the classroom. the children take part in active breaks. Each June we have an Active Schools week and sports day. 

Physical activity is extremely important for both adults and children. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily. Physical activity not only benefits children physically, but mentally also. Physical activity can help children to concentrate more, and thus learn better at school. 

For more details on the Active School Flag and keeping active please visit: 

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Meet Our 2019 Active School Committee

Playground Leaders (March 2019)

Some of our playground leaders have started doing skipping activities at break times to get more of our pupils active at break. The pupils have really been enjoying this new addition to the playground.

GAA 2019

The pupils from 1st to 6th class have been participating in GAA training over the past few weeks. The infants have also been having a go. Thanks to our  coach for coming into school. Pupils from 3rd to 6th will attend a GAA games day in May.


The pupils in 3rd class and 4th class attended a FUTSAL blitz in Carlow.  They had great fun playing against the other schools.

Soccer Training 2018

The pupils from 1st to 6th class have been participating in soccer training over the past few weeks. Thanks to our FAI soccer coach for coming into school. 

Playground Markings 

We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to the Parent Teacher Association who hosted a fundraising event to raise funds for our playground equipment. The money was used to purchase playground markings, which were put down over the summer. The kids were very excited to see the markings when they returned to school in September. The markings are encouraging the pupils to be more active during break time.



Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015

We participated in Hip Hop lessons as part of our Active Schools Week. It was great fun. We enjoyed the lesson. Many thanks to our instructor Caoimhe for teaching us.


Monday, 22nd June, 2015

We really enjoyed Sports Day. We participated in running, sack, jersey and egg and spoon races. We also enjoyed a morning of team station activities. Many thanks to all who helped out on the day. It was an enjoyable day.


Friday, 19th June, 2015

Many thanks to Ms. Bryan for organising a fun dance session. We had great fun dancing together.


Wednesday, 17th June, 2015

As part of Active Schools Week, we participated in tennis lessons. Many thanks to Tullow Tennis Club for their great work coaching us. We really enjoyed the lesson.


Tuesday, 16th June, 2015

The pupils from 1st to 6th Classes visited Dunmore Caves and Kilkenny Activity Centre on their school tour. The pupils enjoyed their visit to Dunmore Caves and had a guided tour of the caves. It was really interesting. The pupils participated in Bubble Soccer, Splatball, Obstacles Course and Captain Jack’s Inflatables at the Activity Centre. It was great fun. We thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

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Friday 24th October

Today we had a Halloween school disco. The whole school came together and the pupils danced and boogied to a variety of songs both Halloween and chart songs. The pupils really enjoyed this and we look forward to our next active school activity.

Active Schools Week

This week we are celebrating Active Schools Week. Throughout the week the pupils will learn about the importance of health and well being. The pupils will participate in a wide variety of fun and educational activities. We are looking forward to participating in the active events. Many thanks to Ms. Bryan for organising the events.

Thursday, 15th May, 2014

The pupils had great fun today during our station activities. The pupils visited a variety of stations in small groups. The stations included an obstacle course, soccer, handball, duvet ball and basketball.  Take a look at us in action.

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Wednesday, 14th May, 2014

The pupils enjoyed a Skipathon today. It was lots of fun. The teachers were very impressed with the many creative ways we could skip. We tried out a variety of different ways to skip. We enjoyed playing skipping games together. Skipping is a fun way to exercise.

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Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

Today the pupils participated in active stations. In groups, the pupils visited a wide variety of stations. These included inflatable basketball, duvet ball, frisby throwing, volleyball, space-hopper races, skipping and group games. It was fantastic. Take a look at us in action.

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Monday, 12th May, 2014

The pupils enjoyed photo star orienteering today. In groups, the pupils had to find letters of the alphabet hidden in a variety of locations around the school from a photograph clue. It was really enjoyable. The teachers were really impressed with our super team work. Well done to all.

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