Active Flag

2013 / 2014

At present we are working on achieving Active School Flag status for our school.

The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically active school community by awarding them the Active School Flag. Once awarded the flag remains valid for a period of 3 years.

To achieve the flag we will work on new innovative exciting ways to encourage all pupils to become more active.We will endeavour to get pupils more active at playtime as well as providing opportunities to experience a wide variety of sports as well as maintaining sports more traditional to our school.

We will post information and photos of activities undertaken in this section.

For more on the Active Flag award click here.

Our lunchtime league came to an end on Friday March 27th 2015. The final game was played and the award ceremony took place. Well done to Ms Beary and the Active Schools Committee for all their hard work. The league has been extremely successful with a huge number of pupils involved.

Photos below show the final game of the league, winning team receiving their awards from members of the Active Schools Committee and Players of the Match Award winners.


Walk to School

To encourage pupils to consider walking to school we held a Walk To School Day on Wednesday, November 26th 2014. Many thanks to all who walked.


Lunchtime League Term 1 2014

A soccer league is currently underway at lunchtimes. Teams have been drawn up with boys and girls from all classes on each team. The matches are proving really popular for the players and supporters. Two points are recorded for a win, one point for a draw and an extra point to the team where there is a girl on the scoresheet. A player of the match is also being awarded.


To prepare for the East Limerick competitions, Gaelic Football training for all interested pupils takes place on Mondays after school from 3.15 - 4pm beginning September 15th.

Gaelic Football coaching September / October 2014

GAA coach Ollie Coffey has provided coaching for all pupils from 1st to 6th each Friday for five weeks beginning Friday, September 12th.

September 2014

A new Active Schools committee has been selected with representatives from each class level.

Active Schools Week June 3rd - 6th 2014

Our Active Schools week took place from June 3rd to 6th. All pupils enjoyed taster lessons in a variety of different games, sports and activities. We did hurling and football with Ollie Coffey from Limerick GAA Primary Schools Coaching Programme. We did kick boxing with Craig Sutton, Tipperary Kick Boxing Club, Knockanrawley. We tried Tae Kwon Do with Ger Ryan from Oola Tae Kwon Do club. And finally we did Irish dancing with Brigid Whelan.

East Limerick Schools Hurling; May/June 2014

Our school hurling team have been busy of late. They beat Caherconlish on Thursday, May 15th. They were defeated by Bilboa NS on May 29th. In the semi final on Thursday June 5th they were beaten by Murroe. Well done to the team and mentors for all their hard work.

National Walk to School Day took place on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014. Even though it was a bad morning the majority of our pupils took part.

Game of the Week

The game is taught to other pupils by the Active Flag committee members on Monday at break time. The aim is to give all pupils a bank of playground games to draw from at playtime.

Mackey Cup Panel April 2014

Two pupils Eddie Stokes and Cian O'Donovan have been selected for this years Mackey Cup hurling panel. Congratulations and best of luck to both players.

Splash and Dash, April 10th 2014

This year we tried a new venture called Splash and Dash in UL. The aim of Splash and Dash is to introduce children to a “duathlon” experience through swimming (splash) and running (dash). Splash and Dash is all about participating and taking part. It is targeted at 4th, 5th and 6th class students. Four children from our school completed a 50m swim and run 600m on Wednesday April 9th 2014. Representing our school were Edward McConnell, Ellie Bourke, Christopher Kemp and Cian O'Donovan.

Girls Gaelic Football Activities, April 2nd, 2014

Over 120 girls from 3rd and 4th class in eleven primary school across county Limerick participated in a very successful Gaelic football activity day in Mary Immaculate College on Wednesday April 2nd. Participating schools included Crecora NS, Nicker NS, Doon GNS, Oola NS, Murroe NS, Killinure NS, Caherelly NS, Caherconlish NS, Herbertstown NS, Roxborough NS, & Caherline NS.
During the course of the day, all the children participated in a series of games and coaching activities, with an emphasis on fun and participation. It was a great opportunity to develop their footballing skills in a supportive learning environment. The activities were co-ordinated by second year B Ed student, Fiona Morrissey, with the assistance of over 20 other student volunteers, many of whom were part of the recent Giles Cup All-Ireland winning team. The students were supported in their roles by Mary Beades (Munster LGFA Development Officer), Joe Redington (MIC Gaelic Games Development Officer) and Richard Bowles (Department of Arts Education & Physical Education).

Read an account of the day below by one of the participants Lainey Stokes.

FAI Primary Schools 5's, March 21st, 2014

Our soccer team travelled to Sean Choill all-weather facility in Corbally for the annual FAI 5-a-side soccer competition on Friday March 21st. Our team played very well on the day and made it to the semi final where they were beaten on penalties. They put up a great performance and had a most enjoyable day.The FAI Primary School 5-a-side is a competition hosted by FAI Schools, which is an affiliate of the FAI. With over 1,000 schools taking part, the 5-a-side is the most popular primary schools sporting event in Ireland. The hugely popular competition is open to boys and girls from primary schools across Ireland. The competition is organised on a county, regional and provincial basis, before the best schools take part in the overall FAI 5-a-side finals.

During March and April 2014 a lunchtime soccer tournament has been organised for interested pupils by Ms Dwyer. Teams are made up of pupils from every class.

Lots of interest is being shown in these matches each Wednesday and it is proving to be hugely successful.

March 2014

A lunchtime rota has been devised by Ms Dwyer and the Active Schools committee to encourage pupils to use various PE equipment eg skipping ropes, hoops. Equipment is also being provided to allow children play tag rugby, dodgeball and other games. We have noticed a big increase in the number of children being active during lunch breaks.

St Patricks Day Fundraiser 2014

For our fundraiser this year it was decided to continue with the active theme. We worked in conjunction with the local GAA club. On St. Patricks Day a family fun walk / run was held in Oola. Proceeds of €2071.38 went to Oola N.S. and Oola GAA Club. Many of our families took part for what was a most enjoyable day. Refreshments were served in the community centre following the walk.

Many thanks to Tom Landers for the photos.

In January 2014 the Active Flag committee organised an active slogan competition for pupils. Prize winners received a piece of sports equipment. Their slogans are currently being painted in our school hall to encourage activity.

The slogans are:

Do a walkie talkie!

Don't lay on the couch and watch T.V., be an active family!

Is breá liom spórt agus spraoi mar tá sé iontach do chroí

An introduction to tennis was held in the school in December 2013 and January 2014 for six weeks with Gillian McCormack. All pupils played games to help learn the skills of tennis. It was very successful with many of our pupils continuing the lessons after school.

Swimming lessons for 3rd to 6th took place again this year in Sean Treacy Memorial Swimming Pool, Tipperary every Tuesday over an eight week period in January / February 2014. All pupils improved their skills with many moving up to the next level.

Our Active Schools committee decided to hold a walk on Wednesday on December 4th 2013 in a bid to encourage pupils to walk to school as often as possible.

Active Schools week took place from April 29th to May 3rd 2013. All pupils were involved in lessons centred on being active throughout the week. Pupils were allowed wear their tracksuits and runners for the entire week.

From April 10th 2013, pupils from 3rd to 6th class have been having golf lessons from Marian Riordan, PGA Professional in Ballykisteen Golf Club. Marian has introduced the pupils to golf in a fun way.


Pupils from 2nd to 6th class have completed six weeeks of swimming lessons in

Sean Treacy Memorial Swimming Pool, Tipperary. All pupils enjoyed the experience and made great progress. They were awarded their swimming certificates on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Mr. Enright.

Swim 1

Swim 2

Swim 3 and Swim 4

Swim 5

In February and March 2013 pupils from 3rd to 6th completed a Cycling Safety Course with John Clancy. They were presented with their certificates on March 21st, 2013.

We did a cycling course for six weeks. John Clancy was our cycling instructor. Everybody enjoyed it. Some people even learned how to

cycle a bike. It was from 3rd class to 6th class. We did obstacle courses and we had to go under a bar on the bikes. It was a lot of fun.

I hope we can do it again.

Daniel English