TY Students and Teachers who took part in Darkness into Light
It has been an action packed year for students with various activities to promote general fitness, positive mental health and healthy eating. The PE and Home Economics departments have collaborated and developed many exciting initiatives to help maintain a healthier and active lifestyle. Transition Year students are taking part in the Gaisce awards with many of them doing the couch to 5k as part of their physical recreation challenge. Their ultimate aim was to complete the Darkness into Light run in the Phoenix Park on Saturday the 9th of May for Pieta House. Twenty eight students along with seven teachers braved the early morning start to highlight the importance of looking after our mental health. The school raised over €1000 for Pieta House. In the very same week, students completed their 5th gear challenge by taking part in a school static cycle from the Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare to Swords, Co Dublin. The college is now an Ambassador school for Cycle against Suicide.
1st Year to Transition Year students took part in the Aviva Challenge in March, a six week training programme to improve aerobic fitness. Active week was organised in early March with activities such as tennis, jogging and Wii dancing. The Irish department even got in on the act with a First Year céilí as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. Several TY students took part in a Theory of Physical Education Exhibition in Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun. They showcased their knowledge of Physical Education by exploring the various nutritional needs of athletes and also created their own sport/game consisting of Rugby, Basketball and Volleyball – coming together to make Rugsketball. The aim of this game was to help improve the components of fitness.
The First Year students completed a Healthy Eating module as part of their Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) class. There was a poster campaign to raise awareness of the importance of drinking 2 litres of water and including 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. The TY students hosted a Healthy Lunchbox workshop in the Home Economics kitchen. The kitchen was divided into the four food groups to help First Years make a balanced sandwich with cereal, dairy, protein, fruit and vegetable group. There was great excitement as students got creative and filled their lunchboxes with a balanced sandwich, fruit and water. The Parents’ Council have also put together a selection of quick, cheap and healthy main course meals that can be accessed through the college’s website.
TY Students helping with Healthy Lunchbox Workshop