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On this page you will find information regarding activities promoting fitness, good health & healthy eating practices

Boys Skills

We had skills with the school on May the 3rd. Eden Murphy, Dylan O Connell and Keelan Foley represented the school. We came Fourth. Eden got 16 pts, Dylan got 11pts and Keelan got 5pts. Thanks to Mary (Keelans Nan) For bringing us to Milltown. We had a great time.

Written by: Eden

Published by: Eden

Basketball

On Friday we had basketball. The coach we have is called David. He will be coming every Friday. He plays with Tralee Tigers. The whole school  is doing basketball. It is fun.

Active Schools Week

Today we did some activities to mark Active Schools Week. We did basketball shootouts, dress up relay, an obstacle course and a water relay.

Rugby

Today we had a rugby training session in the school. A man came and and did a session with first to third classes for thirty minutes and a session with forth to sixth for thirty minutes. It was very fun and everyone enjoyed it.

Zumba Dancing

Today someone came into the school to do Zumba dancing with us. Each classroom got 20 minutes. It was really fun. It was for Active Schools Week.

Written By: Carla Evans

Published By: Carla Evans

Rugby

Today we had a rugby training session in school. A man came and did a session with first to third classes for thirty minutes and a session with forth to sixth for thirty minutes. It was very fun and everyone enjoyed it.

Written By: Sophie O Conner

Published By: Carla Evans

Set Dancing

On Wednesday 8th  of March Mr MacGearailts and Mr Ryans classroom did a set dancing class outside in to yard. It was immensity fun. I enjoyed it very much . I danced with Ellen. Tirna and l also danced with Sophie. I danced with Gavin at the end too. I was quite good at it but I did trip on my lace once.

By: Marcus

Published by: Gavin

Girls FAI Blitz

On Tuesday the 28th of March we had a soccer blitz in Tralee. The blitz was held in St. Brendans park in Tralee. it was a girls only team. The team was Sophie, Carla, Tiarna, Ava, Eabha, Ella, Maire and Ellen. We lost three games out of three. we scored only one goal which was scored by Tiarna. We played Kilgarvan first and lost 2-1. We played better in our last game but they got a lucky goal. We had a lot of fun. there was very good players on the other teams and they deserved to win.

By: Sophie

Published by: Marcus

FAI Boys Blitz

Today we went to Tralee for the FAI Boys Blitz. It was on the 29th of March. We played five matches but one team didn’t show up. We won one of the matches. We scored three goals. I was the goal keeper and Gavin was a striker, Keelan was a back, Marc was a forward and Michael was a midfielder.

By: Eden

Published by: Marcus

Spikeball Blitz

We had a spikeball blitz in St. Brendans College in Killarney. We won one game and lost three. The team was Eden, Sophie, Tirna, Ava, Jamie and Marc.

Bicycle Classes

We had cycling classes in the school for the very first time.  3rd to 6th class took part in the classes. The trainers were Ruth and Katie. They were kind. Everybody enjoyed it.

Swimming

We went swimming on Wednesday. It was fun. We leave the school on the bus at 12:10pm and we are back at school for 2:30pm. Two parents have to go with us. Mr Ryan and Mr MacGearailt take turns  going.

Written By: Eden Murphy

Published By: Carla Evans

PJ Reidy Football

On Tuesday PJ Reidy came and did a football session with the school. 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes and 4th, 5th and 6th classes go every second week for 50 minutes. Junior and Senior Infants go every week for 20 minutes. There is a challenge after each session.

Written By: Carla Evans

Published By: Carla Evans

Spikeball

Today Ed came to the school to do Spikeball with us. We did a few drills and then we had a match boys vs girls. He explained how to do play properly and told us some of the rules. He is coming again on Thursday.

Written By: Sophie O’ Connor

Published By: Carla Evans

Rounders

Today we played rounders during our P.E. class. It was Sophie’s team against Eden’s team. It was really fun. Eden’s team won and everyone on it got points.

Written by: Eden

Published by: Sophie

FAI Boys Blitz

The 5th and 4th classes took part in a soccer tournament in John Mitchels. They drew all their games 1-1. They had a great time.

Written by: Eden

Published by: Eden

Basketball

On Friday we played basketballs during our PE class. We played 4 matches with 4 teams. Sophie’s team won against Eden’s team. It was great fun. I hope we can do it again.

Written by: Gavin Sheehan

Published by: Sophie O’Connor

Active Schools/ Health Promoting Schools Meeting

On Tuesday we had a meeting in the office about Active Schools and Health Promoting Schools. We talked about bringing back ‘Try it Tuesday’. It ended around 9:20 am.

Food Dudes

On the 29th of September we started the Food Dudes programme. We will receive fruit and veg for the next 8 to 16 days. We get prizes for eating all our fruit and veg.

Written by: Sophie O’Connor

Published by: Sophie O’Connor

Match vs Ballyferiter/Fybough

We had a match against Ballyferiter on the 26th of September. We lost by two goals. On the 28th of September we played Fybough, we lost by two points. We played seven a side in the first half  and eleven a side in the second half.

Written by: Eden Murphy

Published by: Sophie O Connor

Dodgeball

We played Dodgeball for P.E. on Friday the 16th of September. We had two teams and played 3 games 5 mins each. The winners got a green star and team 6 won it. The team that won the dodgeball won by alot. It was fun.

Written by: Carla

Published by: Eden

Football with P.J Reidy

On Tuesday the 20th of June we had football with P.J. Reidy. He is on the Kerry County Board. He used to be the Keel GAA manager. We did drills, games and a match at the end of the training. We go out for an hour and fifteen minutes.

written by: Sophie

published by : Eden

Soccer

We played soccer for P.E on the 2nd of September. It was great fun. The winning team got red stars. Gavin Sheehan’s team won it. We played 2 games and in the final it was Edens team vs Gavins team. It was very good game.

Written by: Sophie o’ Connor

Published by: Eden murphy

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On Thursday 10th of September Ray Gasdsken came in to do rugby with us. It was just that one day,but it was fun. Everyone enjoyed the Rugby. Hopefully he can come again to teach us how to play Rugby. He would teach us all the rules and methods of tag rugby. All the classes enjoyed it.

We are delighted to be able to say that we were successful in renewing our Active Flag. This means we are the first school in Kerry to achieve this feat! Well done to all for your help and participation.

Active School Week 2015 once again proved to be a great success. The events took place for an hour each day for the entire week. Activities included Athletics (Sprinting / Hurdles), Novelty Games (Sack, Wheelbarrow, Egg & Spoon and 3 Legged races), Novelty Relays (water, dress up & obstacle course), Orienteering (Star Course & Control Card Hunt) and Team Games (Basketball, Football & Rounders)

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Active School Assessor
On Tuesday March 10th we had a visit from an active schools assessor. She came to school to see if we could get our second active school flag. We had a lot of activities set up for the day. The activities include cricket, bean bag toss, skies, football, basketball and soccer. My favourite activity was soccer, football and basketball. On Friday we have football free fridays when we do basketball and hockey. We all hope that we get our second active school flag.
By: Cathal Griffin

Girl’s Mini Seven’s
On Friday the 20th of March the girls from Castledrum and Fybough went to the girl’s mini sevens in Cromane. Mr Mac Gearailt and Miss Lovette went with us. When we got to Cromane the teacher told us who was playing first. The team for the first match was Holly, Dearbhla, Ellie, Brid-ann, Eleanor, Liath and Moira. The teachers gave everyone a chance to play. We won our first game and were through to the quarter final. After that we lost our second game. We had a rest before our big game. Unfortunately we lost our quater final and we had to go home. We all had a great time.
BY:ELLIE REDMOND

Boys Mini Sevens
This year for the mini sevens we went on our own. We had no luck in our first game but we played very good in the first half of the game. We had Mark in goals who did very well because he is in 3rd class. We had a bit more luck in the second game when Cathal played his heart out and nearly won the game for us. We were out of school for the day but we came home with nothing.
by: Cian Lenihan

Keel/Kiltallagh Community Games
The Community Games is very fun and enjoyable. These people went to the finals of the under 12s rely in Athlone Liath, Aoife and Laura. Darragh came 1st in the boys under14s art in Keel and Cian came 2nd and in the girls under14s Ellie came 1st and Zara came 2nd in Keel. Jake came 2nd in under 12s. All the people who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd will being going to Listowel to draw again. There is always a good turnout at the running which is come up soon. We always have people getting through to County finals.
By: Cian Lenihan

January

Try it Tuesday is proving to be a great success

Bean bag throw

Bean bag throw

Team work on the ski's!

Team work on the ski’s!

Clocking up the laps on our Slí na Sláinte Track

Clocking up the laps on our Slí na Sláinte Track

Playing Snakes & Ladders

Playing Snakes & Ladders

Committee meeting 12/1/15
Minutes:
In Attendance: PJ Chairperson, Pauline Secretary, Zara, Aoife, Eden, Ben, Jesse and Max
Minutes of previous meeting read and discussed
Feedback on the gymnastics lessons was positive with children hoping that we could allocate more time in future.
Application process is nearing conlusion, the form should be ready for approval by the committee at the next meeting.

Committee meeting 15/12/14
Minutes:
In Attendance: PJ Chairperson, Pauline Secretary, Zara, Aoife, Eden, Ben, Jack and Cormac

Minutes of previous meeting read and agreed.
Feedback from class reps: Will try harder to ensure all students are as active as possible during break times
Active Flag application process
Status of application: hope to submit in January
We hope to improve the variety of activites at break times not just during PE
Update on use of Gym Mats: Mr. MacGearailt’s= 2 classes, Mr. Ryan= 3 classes, Mrs. Griffin 2 classes
Playground games and Yard markings
Older reps have taught J.I some of the games but will endevour to do more.
After Christmas events:
Agreed to hoild Inter class team based activities in the New Year to encourage people to try different sports
Equipment to be taken care of by committee members
Students to referee games
Aquatics will take place for 2nd -6th in January.

1 lap = 100m
5 laps = 500m
10 laps = 1,000m (1km)
20 laps = 2 km
50 laps = 5 km
100 laps = 10 km
1000 laps = 100 km

Classes can add their laps together to see how far they walked in total

December
Committee meeting 15/12/14
Minutes:
In Attendance: PJ Chairperson, Pauline Secretary, Zara, Aoife, Eden, Ben, Jack and Cormac

Minutes of previous meeting read and agreed.
Feedback from class reps: Will try harder to ensure all students are as active as possible during break times
Active Flag application process
Status of application: hope to submit in January
We hope to improve the variety of activites at break times not just during PE
Update on use of Gym Mats: Mr. MacGearailt’s= 2 classes, Mr. Ryan= 3 classes, Mrs. Griffin 2 classes
Playground games and Yard markings
Older reps have taught J.I some of the games but will endevour to do more.
After Christmas events:
Agreed to hoild Inter class team based activities in the New Year to encourage people to try different sports
Equipment to be taken care of by committee members
Students to referee games
Aquatics will take place for 2nd -6th in January.

November
Classes are trying to maximise the fine weather and alter their PE timetables to suit. Gymnastics lessons started at the end of the month & are being enjoyed by all

October:
Activities/ lessons completed during September and October include: Gaelic Football, Spikeball, Rugby, Maths trails and Dance videos on the IWB.

Active Flag
Committee meeting 21/10/14
Agenda:
• Minutes of previous meeting
• Welcome the new committee members
• Discuss the role of a committee member
o Inside the classroom
o Outside in the yard
• Active Flag application process
o Mr. Ryan to give feedback from ASF Meeting in Tralee
o What adjustments/ improvements can we make?
• Football Free Friday?
• Busy Breaks activities for wet days or between subjects
• Update on use of Gym Mats
• Events/ Games/Strands to be covered this year:​
o Games: Football, Soccer, Spikeball, Rugby, Basketball, Unihoc
o Aquatics: 2nd to 6th
o Outdoor & Adventure: Orienteering activities & school tour activities
• Explore idea of walking the Keel uphill/ downhill loop
o Dance: Dance Time DVD (Traditional and European Dance)​Just Dance videos to utilized on wet days.
o Gymnastics: Each classroom to complete a block of lessons.
o Athletics: Running over short/long distances, Relays, Jumping, Throwing
• Playground games and Yard markings
• AOB

Meeting held with class reps and teachers. Decided to focus on ensuring the yard markings are fully utilised and to explore the idea of Football Free Fridays.
Minutes of meeting to be attached later.

September 2014
Agreed to apply for Renewal of our Active flag status during this school year.
Meeting of committee to be held during the first term to discuss the application and the on going initiatives happening within the school.

June 2014
Another hugely Active a School year comes to an end.
Well done to everyone at being as active as possible.

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Initiatives such as Cycling and Walking to/from school have been hugely successful.
This culminated in the bike shelter being erected with the help and support of an Taisce.

Our pupils have been active in and out of school in a variety of activities from Irish Dancing to Athletics.
Thanks to Mike O’Shea (adventurer) for talking to the pupils with regard to his Adventures to the North Pole and the Patagonian ice cap in South America. The pupils really enjoyed learning about what it takes to do such amazing feats.
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Meeting held in April to arrange the events to take place during Active Schools week.
The following schedule was agreed upon:
Monday: Athletics; sprints & relays
Tuesday: Sack race, Tug of War, Wheelbarrow race, Egg & Spoon.
Wednesday: Dress up & Water relays, assault course.
Thursday: orienteering and map work activities
Friday: Team games: Basketball, Soccer, Rounders and Skipping

Delighted with our medals to celebrate active schools week

Delighted with our medals to celebrate active schools week

Active Schools week was a huge success and we all enjoyed our daily activities

Active flag 2013-2014
We held a meeting in November.

Minutes of the meeting to be added here……………

Active Schools Week
All of this week we had our Active Schools Week. We were made up into different teams of ten, and we had to things like dress up,water really,orienteering ect. Then at the end of the week we all got medals. It was a fun week.
By Clodagh Murphy

Active Schools Flag 2012/2013
On September the 2nd we had an Active Schools meeting. The commitee which was elected was made up of Darragh O Brien from sixth class, Sean Langford and Liam Clifford from 4th and 5th.

There was also two people from 2nd class selected for the committee. We are hoping to get a second Active School flag. The way we got our last Active flag was by being very active in various different school sports.

Active Schools 2012/2013

Today we elected the Active schools commitee.All they have to do is go to a meeting in the office every now and then.There is one person from each class going to the meeting.I hope we get the blue flag again this year because we have a party with bouncy castles and food.It’s really fun.Our school is always keeping active. We do swimming,rugby,football,spikeball and basketball.Every year we have a sports week.We make up teams and we have great fun.

Lara Moriarty.

Active Schools meeting 2013

Active Schools meeting (minutes)
. Minutes of last meeting, plans of meetings going forward.
. Committee structure discussed
. Rep of each class 1th-6th, Community/parent rep, secretary, teachers.
. Roles of reps discussed
. PE Equipment: New location of equipment
. -Care of equipment- mis-uses of equipment
-reps can come up with ideas for new equipment-
. Noticeboard: cut down amount of stuff: compact information
. Active Schools slogan review: competition for new one
. PE activities in the school:
-Option of Keel Walkway
-Station teaching with the whole school (PE hour)
. Inform parents by use of notes/blog/twitter
. Photo of committee taken

Football

We had football on Tuesday first of March it was really fun. Mr. Mac Gearailts went out first. The person who was teaching us was Shane. We played three games of sharks and fishes. We went out between 11:15 to 12:00.

Written By: Liath Lenihan

Published By: Laura Donohoe

Football

Next match will be against Glenbeigh in the 4/5 teacher Mid Kerry Schools Competition

District Sports
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the District Sports Event held in Keel on the 18th of May. Even though the weather was horrible Castledrum pupils still managed to win medals. Best of luck in the county final.

Basketball
Dave Falvey came to teach us basketball from Tralee Tigers. He is very nice but strict. He is coming for a couple of weeks.junior,senior infants go out betweeen one thirty and two clock . Second,third and fourth go out between two and two thirty. Fifth and six class go out between two thirty and three. Dave will come for six weeks
Written by: Cathal Griffin
Published by: Cian Lenihan

Keel/Kiltallagh Community Games
The Community Games is very fun and enjoyable. These people went to the finals of the under 12s relay in Athlone Liath, Aoife and Laura. Darragh came 1st in the boys under14s art in Keel and Cian came 2nd and in the girls under14s Ellie came 1st and Zara came 2nd in Keel.. Jake came 2nd in under 12s. All the people who came 1st, 2nd or 3rd will being going to Listowel to draw again. There is always a good turnout at the running which is coming up soon. We always have people getting through to County finals.
By: Cian Lenihan

Spikeball
Once again we competed in the Spikeball competition in Killarney. It was an enjoyable experience. We were unlucky not to reach the semi final.

Rugby Equipment.
On Monday we had our last rugby dession with Raymond Gadsken. We went out for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes. We were the last two classes to go out[5th and 6th]. we got lots of equipment off of Munster Rugby to use in the school.
By: Jerry Griffin

Castledrum V Knockanes.
On Thursday the 23rd we had a schoolmatch against Knockanes. Our starting team was in goals: Jake, in the backs: Cian, Eden, Moira, in midfield: Dlyan and cathal and in the forwards: Conor, J.J and Dearbhla. We got off to a good start with a point but then they got a lot of scores and we couldn’t pull it back. But then at the end their teacher came to tell us that we were very good footballers and they had played two matches before this one and this was our first match.
By: Cathal Griffin

Active Sports week will be celebrated during the week beginning May 12th. We will spend at least one hour each day doing a different sporting activity.

Basketball:
We will have the coach visit us at the end of May and beginning of June.

Golf:
Liam Duggan of LDgolf will be visiting for 4 sessions in May.

Football: county board coaches visit our school in 6 week blocks.
We participate in the Cumann na mBunscoil and Mini 7’s competitions.

SpikeBall with Ed

On Wednesday we had our first SpikeBall lessons of this year, Ed thought us the rules and basics of spikeball. We first started off with a few activities like passing the ball to your partner. Then we had a few games, Girls V Boys, Boys V Boys, Girls V Girls and mixed teams. We are also practicing for the spikeball tournament next Friday. We have our teams picked out, its a mixed girls and boys team. We have been practicing a lot and we hope we win

By Darragh O Dowd

Match vs Ceann Trá

We played ceann Trá (ventry) in the three teacher schools competition. We played them in Lispole in terrible weather. We lost the game and the score was 2-7 to 0-7. Last year we got to the final but this year we got knocked out in the first round. The team was Killian Murphy, Liam Clifford, Cian Lenihan, Cathal Griffin, Darragh O Dowd, Sean Corcoran, Gary Murphy, Dylan Moriarty, JJ Moriarty.

Junior Champions 2013

On Monday the 14th the victorious Keel team visited the school with the trophy. They defeated Glenbeigh-Glencar on a scoreline of 1:9 to 1:7 in the final of the Junior Championship in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.
We were delighted that so many of the team took the time to come to the school with the cup. Many of us got our jerseys signed by the players and mentors. Past pupil Terry O’Sullivan spoke to us and thanked us for the great support at the game. Brian Prendergast the club secretary (also a past pupil) thanked the school for the great support and for the great decorating that had been done in the lead up to the game. Both he and club Chairman William O’Shea encouraged the children to continue practicing their skills and one day we would get our own opportunity to win a county final. We say well done to everyone involved especially past pupils Stephen, Emmet, Eoghain, Terry, Jason, Aaron, John R, Liam, Shane, John, Eoin and Michael

Match Vs Castlemaine
Yesterday we played Caslemaine school in a football match. We all were very excited to be playing them. Last year when we played them we beat them. This time when we played them we lost. At half time in the match the score was 4 goals and 4 points for us and 5 goals and 5 points to Castlemaine. After half time Castlemaine got a lot better and got a big lead. We did get 2 goals back but it wasn’t enough.

By: Sean Corcoran
Swimming
On the ninth of October first second third fourth fifth sixth classes went swimming. It was really fun. They thought us how to swim. They put us into three groups. One group was in the babys pool another group was people who know how to swim and the other group was people that were really good at swimming. We left the school at twelve o clock. We got home at around half two it was great.
Basketball
On the second Friday of the school year we had p.e . This time we did basketball. There were four teams. Each match was played on half a court. The team 4 was playing team 6 on one side of the court when team 3 played team 5 five on the other side of the court. It was really fun. Team four beat team six in one of the two semi finals. Team three beat team five in the other semi finals. In the final team four beat team three by a lot. In the losers final team 3 played team 6 and team three won.

By: Liam Clifford

Sport
In our school we actively encourage participation in sport both during PE and at lunch times. Sports we play/ practice include:

Gaelic Football: Martin Horgan comes every second week. He teaches us football skills.It is very enjoyable and fun. Donal aslo helps with our football when Martin is not around.

Soccer: Soccer is played on the court at lunch time. All the kids love to play it. They have teams and the rules are fair even though they dont have a rerferee. It is mostly played by the older classes on the court and the younger ones play it at the shed end,it is enjoyed by everyone.

Basketball: Basketball is played in our school at P.E time.

Spikeball: We went to a Spikeball competition on the 30th of January in the Aura Killarney. It was a good day. We played very good teams. We got to the semi finals and lost by 3 points. We were upset but we had a very good day. It was great fun.

Rugby: Shane O Rourke is our rugby trainer. He comes every second week. He shows us how to play rugby in a fun way and we also have other games like rugby rounders and catch. We all enjoy it and look forward to him coming every week .

Skipping: Skipping is played by girls from all ages at our school. We enjoy it and have games while skipping. Sometimes the boys join in if they want.

Racket games

Rounders

Gymnastics: We will have gymnastics on Friday. We will be performing in groups of five. A green star will be given to the winners.

Athletics We did athletics during our Sports Week it was on the Monday of our Sports Week we all had fun racing.

Dance: We did Irish dancing for Seachtain na Gaeilge week the girls had to dance with the boys and some of the smaller children in our school did there own thing.

Sports Week: This year we did not have a sports day we had a sports week . We had an hour a day. It was better than the sports day. We got ice cream at the end

2012/2013 Football With Donal

On Thursday the 6th of September Donal came for our first session of football. He will be coming every Thursday for the rest of the school year. We practise football skills with him such as soloing, hopping, catching, hand passing and kicking the ball. We play the football on the court in front of our school. He comes at around half 11. He spends about 25 mins with us. We all like Donal he is lovely. We all have so much fun with him.

By; Caoimhe Evans

Spikeball
On Tuesday the 24th, Edward the spikeball coach will be coming in to help us practise for the tournemant on Monday the 30th. This will be his second time coming. He shows us how to spike properly and tells us the rules of the game. He is a good coach. We enjoy it. All of sixth class are in the team. We are looking forward to the tournemant on Monday.

On the 30th of January 6th class went to spikeball tournament in the Aura leisure centre in Killarney. We left at 9:30 in the morning. Our spikeball name was Castledrum Emus. When we got there at 10 o’clock we found out our first game was at 10:20, so we had to get prepared. We were going to play Dingle Lizards First. And we beat them 20-10. Next we played Glenbeigh Wallabies. We tried our best but it was not good enough. The score was 20-9. We found out that our next game wasn’t for another hour, so we got a ball and we practised or spikes and serves. An hour later we looked at the fixtures and we were going to be playing Spa and we knew they were going to be good because we played them last year in the semi-final and they beat us. We went onto the court and we noticed that most of their players were gone, so we taught that we might have a chance. But our luck wasn’t in. We faught hard but we lost by 9 points. Our next game was in 5 minutes so we got onto the court straight away. It was Tralee owls who we were playing. At the end of that match we won 21-9. I went up to the quarter final fixtures list and we found out that we were going to be playing Glenbeigh b’s, and it was on straight away. Our starting line up was Darragh, Nicole, Garret and Aoife. In the end we won. Spa won the other quarter final game so we were going to play them. This time we lost 24-20. We had a great time and we hope to do well in the fun day.