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The strands of the P.E. curriculum include:

  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Games
  • Outdoor and adventure activities
  • Aquatics

Please click on link below to see our Whole School Plan for P.E.

Show Jumping

6th Class Enjoying Golden Time!

Neptune Stadium Basketball Blitz
PE plays a big part of the lives of the children in Baltydaniel National School. As well as PE classes the children experience lessons from visiting coaches for G.A.A, Athletics and occasionally Soccer and Rugby. The children also attend 8 swimming lessons each year in the Mallow pool to improve their swimming skills. We take part in several sporting competitions throughout the year.

Active Week

During Active Week a range of activities are held, which promote the benefits of having an active life and taking part in sport. GAA is played all year round, and Seímí Murphy from Mallow GAA comes every week to coach the children. Athletics is promoted too, and Munster Rugby coaches have visited to pass on valuable tips, at no cost to the pupils.

About the Active School Flag

The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education in 2009.

It is a non-competitive initiative which seeks to recognise schools (both primary and post primary) that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community.

In order to be awarded the Active School Flag schools must:

  1. Commit to a process of self-evaluation in terms of the PE programmes and physical opportunities that they offer
  2. Plan and implement a series of changes that will enhance PE and extracurricular provision and promote physical activity.
For more information see http://www.activeschoolflag.ie/

Work in progress

  • Outside of our required timetabled programme for PE, we are involved in a number of physical activities and sporting competitions:
  • Swimming and water safety lessons for each child from junior infants to 6th class.
  • Football and hurling training from 1st to 6th on a fortnightly basis.
  • After school football and hurling training for 3rd to 6th class.
  • Sponsored walk in Doneraile Park which normally takes place in October.
  • Sciath na Scoil football and hurling competitions.
Please see Active Flag section for more details on P.E.
Active Flag News:

During the months of Jan. and Feb. Junior Infants and 3rd and 4th class will be swimming every Wed. Seimí our GAA coach will continue to visit the school every fortnight on Wednesdays to train the children from 1st to 6th class football skills. Rugby training will continue every Friday for children from 2nd to 6th until St. Patricks weekend. Teachers will be teaching gymnastics to the classes in Jan. and Dance during the month of Feb. Indoor hurling competitions will be held shortly in Nagle Rice Secondary School, Doneraile. Dates and times to follow. Indoor hurling training has been organised every Friday between 4-5 pm in Nagle Rice Sec. Sch. for those children taking part in the indoor hurling competition. This involves the children from 4th, 5th and 6th class only.


Please see letter regarding mouthguards to be used in school.

Active Flag Commitee

Upcoming Events for February

This month we will be teaching DANCE and AQUATICS (juniors & 3rd/4th class). Lessons can be taken from the Primary Schools Sports Initiative PSSI PE folder. Lessons can also be taken from DANCING TIME – An Irish and Folk Dance Resource pack for Primary Teachers. It includes a DVD showing how to do the dances, a CD with the music and a booklet explaining how to do the dances. Visit www.schooldance.ie. to see a sample of what the pack is like.

A visiting teacher will also help us with dance. She will be starting on Tuesday 5th February and will be with us every Tuesday for a period of 7 weeks.

Timetable is as follows:

Junior Infants: 9:15 – 9:35

Senior Infants: 9:35 – 9:55

1st Class: 11:10 – 11:45

2nd Class: 10:40 – 11:10

3rd/4th Class: 9:55 – 10:25

5th/6th Class: 11:45 – 12:25

Operation Transformation are encouraging primary school children to ‘Step it Up‘. Look up youtube to view the video. Try it in your class for the month instead of bizzy breaks.

Indoor Hurling competition for 4th class boys will take place in the gym in Nagle Rice Secondary School on Friday 22nd February @2:45. Details for the 5th and 6th class indoor hurling and camogie will follow shortly.

Continue with GOLDEN TIME on Fridays.

Please take photos of dance and ‘Step it Up and give them to the Active School Committee.

The Active School Committee.

News For February

This month the children will be taking part in hip-hop dance classes taught by Katie, a visiting teacher. We plan to return to our athletics class soon after mid-term when Dave our coach will be visiting once a week. 4th class boys will be taking part in an indoor hurling competition on Friday 22nd February @ 2:45 to 4:15 approx. in Nagle Rice sports complex. All parents are very welcome to attend. Indoor hurling training will continue for 4th, 5th and 6th class on Thursday @4-5pm in Mallow GAA Complex with Ml. Duignan and Ml. O’Riordan. Special thanks as always to both parents for training the children.

Dance Classes With Katie
Katie our visiting teacher will also help us with dance. She will be starting on Tuesday 5th February and will be with us every Tuesday for a period of 7 weeks.

Indoor Hurling

Last Wednesday 20th February 2nd and 4th class boys travelled to the Nagle Rice Secondary School to play in the North Cork Indoor Hurling Tournament. The team was made up of Tom Henderson, Finnian Daly, Jack O’Flynn, David Duane, Sean O’Flynn, Rory O’Donovan, Fionn Roche, Bill Kingston and Joe O’Sullivan. The boys played against St. Joseph B.N.S. Doneraile and Liscarrol N.S. The boys played very well but were unsuccessful on the day. Well done to everybody on the day and thanks to Mick O’Riordan, Michael Duignan for training the boys.

Upcoming Events for March

We will be teaching GAMES for the month of March. Lessons can be taken from the Primary Schools Sports Initiative (PSSI) PE folder. The playground games can also be used. Playground games handbook is kept in Miss O’ Sullivans room.

Game of the Week: Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st Class will be active with ‘Game of the Week. Using 15 mins of discretionary time a week a new game will be taught to the children each week. Please see the handout on Playground Games for ideas. Encourage the children to play these games at lunchtimes. Please record the name of the game on the sheet ‘Game of the Week’. These will be collected at the end of the month by the Active School Committee.

Rugby will continue for 2nd to 6th class with Mark Henderson until St. Patricks weekend.

Athletics will continue for all classes with Dave until the 20th May. We will be doing the trials for the Cork City Sports on Wednesday 6th March after break time.

GAA Football Training will continue with Séimí on a fortnightly basis. He is due to visit on Wednesday 6th March.

Step It Up has proven to be a success so we will continue it for the month of March. Use it with you class at your own discretion.

Golden Time: Continue with ‘Golden Time’ on Fridays.

Indoor Hurling Competitions for the senior classes are as follows: boys indoor hurling is on Tuesday 12th March @ 3:15. Girls indoor camogie competition is on Wednesday 20th March @1:15.

Please take photos of all the activities you do with your class and give them to the Active School Committee. Please keep an eye on the school website and sports noticeboard for updates and information.

The Active School Committee

Active Flag/P.E. Programme from the March Newsletter

Congratulations to all those who qualified for the Cork City Sports. We look forward to seeing how all our competitors get on in Paric Ui Chaoimh on May 22nd. All parents of the children competing are very welcome to join us on the day. The chldren that qualified only will travel on the day. Subs travel only if others drop out. Details of times and transport will follow nearer the time from Ms. O’Sullivan.

Well done to our junior indoor hurling team who recently took part in the Sciath na Scoil schools competition. Unfortunately they didn’t qualify for the next round but they did their very best.

This week a spring soccer league will begin at lunchtime for the children that are interested in taking part. This will run until the middle of April. Athletics classes will be taught in school until the end of May. Dance and Rugby classes will end before Easter. The Mallow Swimming Gala will take place on May 31st. Trials will take place in early May. More details to follow.

Whole School Dance Off !

After lots of sweat and hard work each week with Katie the dance teacher each class showcased their own dance routine for the school on Tuesday 19th March. The show was thoroughly enjoyable and each class did themselves and Katie proud! A big thank you to Katie and well done to all the boys and girls for their hard work.

Activities For April

We will be teaching Athletics for the month of April. Lessons can be taken from the Primary Schools Sports Initiative (PSSI) PE folder. Athletics training with Dave will continue until May 22nd.

Skipping: Juniors-6th class will be taking up skipping in the yard for April. Using 1×10 mins session of discretionary time a week encourage the children to skip. For skipping games, ideas and videos please look up the website www.skip-hop.co.uk. Skipping ropes will be in the PE resource room. A Skipathon for the Irish Heart Foundation will be organised during Active Week. More details to follow.

The finals of the Spring Soccer League will take place on Friday 12th April in the field.

Séimí will continue to train the children from 1st to 6th in GAA skills. He will be here every second Wednesday, same timetable.

Mini Sevens Hurling Competition for 5th and 6th class boys and girls will take place on Thursday 11th April. The girls competition starts at 9:45am and the boys competition will start at 1:15pm. Both competitions will take place in Carrigoon, Mallow.

Continue with Step it Up and Golden Time.

Please take photos of all the activities you do with your class and give them to the Active School Committee.

Please keep an eye on the school website for updates and information.

The Active School Committee

Activities for May

We will be teaching Athletics for the month of May. Lessons can be taken from the Primary Schools Sports Initiative (PSSI) PE folder.

The Fun Summer Soccer League will begin on Wednesday 1st May. The matches will be played at lunchtime on Mondays and Wednesdays. The finals of the soccer league will be played on Thursday 30th May during Active Week. The winning teams will receive a cup and medals and the runners up will receive certificates.

5th and 6th Class will be preparing for the playing in the Sciath na Sco Hurling Competition. Matches will begin on the week of 13th May onwards.

All the children who qualified for the Cork City Sports will continue training with Dave in the field. Cork City Sports are on Wednesday 22nd May.

Séimí will continue to train the children from 1st to 6th in GAA skills. He will be here every second Wednesday, same timetable.

The Swimming Gala is on Friday 31st May @ 9:30-1pm. The list of qualifiers is on the sports noticeboard.

Active Week will begin Monday May 27th- Friday 31st. A range of sporting and physical activities will be organised for this week. They will include golfing activities, a skipathon, swimming gala, school tours, fun summer soccer league matches, active stations and a junior and senior sports quiz. The active week timetable will follow.

Rugby Blitz 5th and 6th class boys and girls will travel to Cork to play in a rugby blitz on Thursday 23rd May.

Girls Football Blitz will be on Friday 24th May in Mallow GAA Complex for 5th and 6th class girls.

Please take photos of all the activities you do with your class and give them to the Active School Committee.

The Active School Committee

Active Flag/PE News for May

Athletics is one of our focuses again for the month of May. The Cork City Sports Team are training hard to prepare for their big event on the 22nd May in Páirc Uí Chaíomh. Details about the bus times will follow to the families involved. The boys will compete first this year and the girls after lunch. Go néirí an t-ádh libh go léir. Thanks to Dave and Ms. O’Sullivan for looking after our team to date. Our Fun Soccer League is currently runnning at lunchtime on Mondays and Wednesdays and its hoped that we will have our final during Active Week which will take place on Monday 27th-Friday 31st May. 5th and 6th class are participating in the Sciath na Scol Hurling competition during this month also. Best of luck to our school team. The North Cork Schools Swimming Gala will also ttake place on 31st May at 9:30am to 1pm. All support from the parents is very welcome in the pool that morning. During Active Week a wide range of physical activities are being organised. This will include golfing lessons in the school, a skipathon, the swimming gala, school tours, active stations and a junior and senior sports quiz. You will have noticed the sponsorship cards which have been sent home already in relation to the skipathon. There will be children skipping in school throughout the day and a minimum amount for sponsorship is recommended to support this event. The activity is in connection with the Irish Heart Foundation. Children from 5th and 6th class will travel to Musgrave Part on Thursday 23rd May to take part in a school Rugby Blitz. This is organised by the Munster Rugby Club and will compliment all the training the children have had during the year. Finally the Girls Football Blitz for 5th and 6th class will take place on Friday 24th May in Mallow GAA Complex.

Swimmming Gala

Congratulations to all the children who participated in this year’s swimming gala. They certainly represented their school in style and we are very proud of all of them. We are delighted to say it was a great success for the school again this year. The children won fourteen medals in total for both individual and relay races. We were also very proud to accepty the cup for the best overall boy’s performance in the competition. Special thanks to Ms. O’ Sullivan for co-ordinating the entries and to all the parents who sweated it out in the pool and supported the children.

Cork City Sports

Comhgairdeageas to all the children who travelled to Páirc Uí Chaíomh on May 22nd. The boys successfully secured six trophies for thier individual races and a cup for the best boy’s performance in their division. Burnley Arrey won a county medal for coming first in U8. The girls featured well on the day also while securing four trophies for their individual races. It was a pleasure to witness their efforts and delight on the day and we even got a little sunshine to add to it. Thanks again to Ms. O’ Sullivan and to all the parents who travelled to support.

Other Sporting Events

Both boys and girls in 5th and 6th class took part in a Munster Rugby Blitz in Ballincollig RFC in May 20th. This was a non-competitive event even though we were very proud to have won the majority of our matches. Thanks to Mark Henderson for coaching the children on the day and again to the parents for their support. Congrats to the girls senior football team who won the shield in their schools competition in Carrigoon on Friday the 24th May. Another trophy taking pride of place in the school hall. Thanks to Maritina O’ Sullivan for helping to organise the competition. On Friday the 7th June the senior girls will take part in a similar competition for hurling and we wish them the best of luck.

Our boys senior hurling team will play the Sciath na Scol final on Friday the 7th June also. We have had very competitive matches in the run up to this and we wait with great anticipation to see the final result. All fingers crossed for another title.

Congratulations to Hannah Gayer who represented her country in Pembury, Wales on 1st and 2nd June in the Junior Regional Tetrathlon Championship. She was placed in the top 20 for all four disciplines, swimming, running, shooting and horseriding and received a Gold Medal for her efforts. Well done to Hannah. Well done also to Max Philips for winning this seasons Chess League. He had a hard competition to play off in the final round against his brother Ewan but a well-deserved victory in the end.


On Friday 11th October Ian Mc Loughlin, a competitive basketball player from the Cork Sports Partnership visited to give lessons to the children in classes from 3rd to 6th. The children really enjoyed it and got to pick up even more skills that were already introduced by Maeve (our basketball coach) the previous weeks.