Ag Sugradh le Cheil (Playing Together) at Claddagh National School

We all know the proven  positive health benefits of laughter and play for children. However, did you know that ‘play’ is also excellent for stress relief for adults as well? One excellent programme which was organised by our school Home School Community Liaison Teacher, Yvonne Fahy, along with the Health Service Executive is the Ag Sugradh le Cheile Programme. (Playing Together Programme)

This programme facilitated the active engagement of play between parents and their children. This benefitted both the children and their parents in terms of keeping children in touch with their parents as well as bringing out the more playful child-like side of their parents. It also allowed parents to learn new creative was of playing with their children which could encourage children to reduce the amount of time spent on ‘screens’ (i.e. tablets, television, games consoles, laptops).

As you can see from the photos, the parents and the children are having  fantastic time playing with each other! Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are the most healthy for our souls!

Claddagh School Is Awarded the Active Schools Flag!

This week, Claddagh National School had the proud honour of earning the status of ‘Active School.‘ This means that the school has achieved the highest levels of engagement with our students in health and fitness objectives.


According to the website:

“An Active School is a school that strives to achieve a physically educated and physically actives school community. The Success Criteria will guide schools in terms of the ASF requirements and the Sample Improvements will show schools what others have done to achieve the flag.”

As part of the award, one of our students had the honour along with our Principal, Mr. Michael Gallagher ,of raising the Active Flag for the first time. Here is an article written by one of our students from Mr. Leonard’s Fourth Grade Class about this special day!


Today Mr Gallagher came into our room-2

Claddagh Parents Have Been Busy Being Healthy!

Claddagh Parents Have Been Busy Being Healthy!

We are so fortunate at Claddagh National School to have the amazing resource of having a full-time Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) named Yvonne Fahy  In addition to being an internationally renowned musician with Trad on the Prom and recording artist, she is our own dynamo who has organised many varied activities to engage with the parents/carers and the community at large.
Here are just some of the activities the families in Claddagh National School have been involved in this year:
A weekly 5 K run on a Wednesday Morning at the Westside Running track. This run has been “led” by HSCL’s and has now since been taken over by the Parents themselves. Gary Thornton did a running programme for them to get them to a 5K level of fitness , and with that, they completed their first 5K at Christmas on the Prom in aid of Charity.
They are now preparing to participate in the “Darkness into Light” run.

Couch to 5K 3

The Parents participated in a 7 week “Keep Fit” programme on a Tuesday evening in the school up to Christmas. These classes were held at 7pm and were well attended. The Parents involved have since continued to attend classes that the intstructor is facilitating in her own gym.
Couch to 5K
A 10 week Mindfulness programme for Parents was organised and  took place in the Westside Library during the Autumn term. Activities included:
Mini makeovers, Hair and Nail care, Learning to take care of your Heart, an introduction to Homeopathy, Looking after your Mental Health and Stress Management, Fun and Fitness, Cosmetic Nutrition and  Introductory Yoga.
Hair 1
A Sports Nutritionist facilitated a session with the Parents on Wednesday, Feb 24th detailing diet, what your body needs when training, importance of hydration, Pre-work out meals, post work out meals.
The parents found this session very informative and helpful!