Active Schools

Last week was a very exciting week in Scoil Oilibhéir. We organised a number of events  to coincide with Cork Bike Week. This was part of an initiative to enable our pupils to be more active at school.
History: We examined the various styles and designs of bicycles in the past and looked at the advantages and disadvantages of each. We also watched old Apache newsreels of people cycling adult tandem -tricycles and Penny Farthings. We studied the evolution of the bicycle and imagined bikes for the future.
Art: We designed our own bicycle helmets and bicycles.
Oral Language: in the younger classes, children examined the workings of a bicycle and labelled the various parts of a bike.
Poetry: We wrote poems about cycling.
SPHE: Karen McCarthy from the RSA came to our school to tell us all about road safety with particular emphasis on safe cycling in preparation for our Bike to School Day.
One of our parents, Mr Lehane, a keen cyclists and triathlete, visited all the fourth classes with his bike and had a bike maintenance workshop with the children.The highlight of our Bike Week came on Friday when we had a number of fun events. We had a different start to the day with our Bike to School Day. This involved over 50 children along with their parents cycling from Glen Rovers GAA grounds to Scoil Oilibhéir. Some of our teachers also took part in the event. The peloton had no problem negotiating the steep incline to the finish line. The event had a real Tour de France feel to it, with marshals stopping traffic along the route and support vehicle to the front and rear. All cyclists were welcomed into the school grounds with a guard of honour and rapturous applause.
Later that morning, we had a cycle-a-thon. Pupils had to cycle 6 laps of our school campus, and together covered a distance of 58.8 miles. Again the crowds came out to support the cyclists, lining the whole route
All 6th class pupils also took part in a spin-a-thon. A number of bikes were placed on rollers and each pupil took their turn to pedal.

Well done to all the children who took part and to all those who helped to organise the events and activities.


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