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Physical Education

Section 1 Physical Education


The children in Ardfert NS have been working very hard at improving their athletic skills. They are taking part in the St. Brendan’s Athletic Club North Kerry Active Schools Interschools Competition. They are taking on the challenge of competing in six different events
– standing long jump
– 100m sprint
– skipping rope challenge
– bean bag throw
– speed bounce
– 2km run
Well done to all the children.


These are photos of Junior Infants learning the fundamental movement skills of catching and throwing through the strand of Games.

Fifth Class practicing throwing and catching and movement skills incorporating hand eye coordination.


These are photos of Creative and Folk Dance. In December we focused on Creative Dance and the skill of balancing. In March we focused on learning Irish Folk dance practising the skill of skipping. We learned the 1, 2, 3 step, Shoe the Donkey, Sean Nós dancing and a Brush dance.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021

On Tuesday 16th March we had a céilí with a difference as all the classes learned and performed individual dances instead of group dances.

Fundamental Movement Skills

Fifth Class practicing throwing


In October the classes practised the Fundamental Movement Skill of Dodging in their Games Strand. These are pictures and videos of 6th class and Junior Infants practising the skill of Dodging on its own and then in their games. Everyone showed great improvement and enjoyed learning how to dodge.

Gymnastic Sequences

In November the children explored the strand of Gymnastics and practised the fundamental movement skill of jumping for height. They practised lots of different balances, animal movements and sequences involving different types of travel, jumps and balances.

Section 2 Physical Activity

Active Walkway

For our Active Walkway two 1 kilometre routes were measured. One around the perimeter of both playing fields and the second around the perimeter of the school concrete. The children have been very active undertaking their daily kilometre run as part of the Active Schools ‘Run Around Ireland’ Initiative. We coincided this with our school hall fundraiser ’50k Your Way’ . By achieving 50 kilometres the children will have run from Ardfert N.S. to the summit of Carrauntoohil!
We decided to make our walkway circuit even more active and fun by creating exercise stations at different points along our walkway. Each class decided on an exercise for a station. The stations are: 1. Star Jumps, 2. Squats, 3. Arm Circles, 4. Heel Flicks, 5. Wall Press Ups, 6. High Knees, 7. Super Lunges, 8. Mountain Climbers.

Playground Games and Activities

The children are very active on yard at lunchtime. They love playing with lots of different PE equipment such as Skipping Ropes, Hoola Hoops, Bean Bags and Balls. They have also learned lots of different playground games. This has helped our children increase their daily physical activity and develop their movement skills.

Senior Infants – Ball skills

Senior infants are enjoying using their ball skills in the sunshine.

Santa Dash 2020

Well done to all who participated in our 1km Santa Dash on Friday 18th of December in aid of Tír na nÓg Orphanage Tanzania. Thank you for your support.

European Week of Sport 2020

In September we took part in lots of different PE activities. During the European Week of Sport 2020, on National Fitness Day, September 24th, we took part in the Take on your Teacher Challenge with a penalty shoot out against our teachers. On Friday 25th of September we tried to increase our physical activity by taking part in lots of different Sports Day activities. These activities included cross the river, a balloon relay race, an egg and spoon race and obstacle courses. We had lots of fun and look forward to more activities next year.

Primary Schools Hurling Skills

Congratulations to the Ardfert N.S. boys who came second in the County Final of the Primary Schools Hurling Skills last Friday, 31st May 2019 at the Centre of Excellence in Currans. Congratulations to Liam Óg O Connor who came second in the individual competition.

Hurling Mini Sevens

Well done to the boys on winning the Mini Sevens final against Fenit on Monday 8th April.

Sás Creek

The children in 6th class along with their teacher Mrs. Sheehan and SNA Eileen Drumgoole went to the scenic Sás Creek in Brandon on Wednesday last, where they did the 7.5 km loop walk. They were accompanied by Tralee Mountaineering Club members Dáithí, Mags and Andrew who introduced the children to the basics of mountaineering and helped them to lead the walk. It was a very enjoyable day out for all and we sincerely thank Dáithí, Mags and Andrew for their time and sharing their knowledge with us.

Senior Girls’ Basketball

Well done to the girls from 5th and 6th classes who took part in the basketball blitz in Causeway, especially Ardfert Team 3 who made it to the semi-final. They played very well against a strong and talented team from Abbeydorney NS. Congratulations to Lauren O’Sullivan who came second in the free throw competition. She is pictured with Liz, who coached the children for 4 weeks in January. Well done to all the girls and their teacher Ms. Costello.

Hurling Mini Sevens

Well done to the boys on winning the Mini Sevens final against Fenit on Monday 8th April.


Congratulations to Aoibhín Ferris who did so well in her gymnastics competition in Dublin at the weekend. Well done Aoibhín.


Over the next three weeks the children in 5th and 6th Classes will take part in the Tri-Heroes programme. This programme will introduce the children to triathlon activities and the concept of transition, which is a very important part of doing a triathlon.

The programme brings together the lifelong activities of swimming, cycling and running to inspire, motivate and challenge children. Tri Heroes is fun, varied, challenging and suitable for all pupils.

At the end of the course each student will get the chance to take part in a duathlon on the school grounds, giving them a sense of accomplishment and allowing them participate in a safe and positive environment. We hope everyone enjoys the programme.

Cumann na mBunscol

Ardfert got off to a winning start this September as they go in defense of their Allianz Cumann na mBunscol title. In a very competitive outing we overcame the stiff challenge of a spirited O Bréanainn side. Next up is an away game against Spa N.S.


Sixth Class are learning spikeball.

A New School Year

Welcome back to everyone from the Active Committee! We hope you all took lots of exercise over the holidays!

Our Active Committee members this year are; Eoin O’Flaherty, Syb Perry, Peter O’Mahony, Sonny O’Brien, Louise Lane, David O’Connor, Eamon Wiseman, Sarah Donnellan, Eamon Kirby and Doireann O’Keeffe. This year we are continuing to run our daily Kilometre and the Active Committee will begin recording the distance run by each class each week!

Last week was The European Week of Sport and there was a national ‘Take on the Teachers’ Day on Thursday! Keelin, Sophie, Scarlet, Jack, Molly, T.J. Emma and Eanna took on the teachers in a basketball shoot out! The contest was very tight and the children were victorious on the day.