Active School's Flag

Active Schools Flag

Active Slogan

On Friday November 26th children in the school took part in the national active school’s slogan day. Children were set with the task of coming up with a slogan to promote physical activity in the school. The active school’s committee were then set with the tough task of picking a winner and a slogan that our school would use for the rest of the year which says:

“Bí Aclaí Is í an tSlí”

This year the school is engaging in the active schools programme. The aim of this programme is to get schools, more active more often. Our goal is to achieve the active schools flag at the end of the school year.

While the school is already heavily invested in physical activity and sport, we as a whole school will be looking at ways where we can become more active both inside and outside of the classroom.

According to statistics, the 83% of Irish children do NOT get enough daily physical activity. To combat this issue a number of events and initiatives will be taking place during the year.

6th class slogans

6th class slogans

Active Committee

An active School’s committee has been setup in the school. Each class is represented. The Committee meet once a month to organise events and raise issues from their classmates. Congratulations to Roisin O’Keefe, Adam Flanagan, Alisson McDonagh, Tomas Costello, Darragh Kelly, Seán O Connell, Éabha McSharry, Aaron Higgins and Kate Crowley.

Physical Activity

Active Walkway

The new walkway which has been setup in the school has proved a major hit among students and teachers. Children use the walkway for movement breaks, P.E lessons and break time. Along the walkway there are a number of exercise cards that children can complete to enable them improve their fundamental movement skills.

Run Around Ireland Challenge

Well done to all the students in Scoil Bhríde who are out running laps of our school walkway as part of the "Run Around Ireland Challenge". Each lap the children run around the school grounds equates to 1km. The children then total up all their laps to reach the distance it takes from our school to various landmarks around Ireland such as Croke Park, Fota Island and The National stud etc. Well done to all!

Climb The Heights Skipping Challenge

Well done to all the children who took part in the "Climb the Heights" skipping challenge which took place over the course of January. Each skip equated to climbing 1m of a mountain. Thankfully we reached the summit of all the major peaks around the world! Great work by all. Thanks to the class teachers and the committee for organising and setting up equipment.

Active Halloween

Our first event “Active Halloween” took place on Friday the 22nd of October. All children on the day engaged in physical activity and P.E games with their teacher. Our principal, Mr. O’Connor joined in on the fun and competed against 6th class pupils in a pumpkin relay. They were many fun and spooky games including zombie tag, character freeze, ghost graveyard, and monster says. The infant classes took part on a scavenger hunt to find Winnie the Witches broom. Great fun was had by all!

Zombie Tag

Vampire Run

Action Movies

Ghost Says

Active Breaks

For the month of November, children have been enjoying partaking in active breaks. Playground leaders were nominated in each class. Their role was to bring out and collect extra P.E equipment to ensure a greater choice of games and activities were available to all children and thus enabling them to become more active.

Children also made sure to complete an active break each day during classtime such as: going for a run, doing laps of the walkway, performing a dance in the classroom as part of a transition between lessons or completing fitness exercises behind their chair as part of a movement break.

4 Square

Clap and Catch

In class active break

Children love our new yard equpiment!

Junior Infants enjoying an active break in the sunshine.

Putting our oodles to use during break!

Playground Leaders

Well done to all the pupils in the school who have took on the role of playground leaders. They have done a great job at organizing equipment and making sure everyone is active at break.

12k of Christmas & Santa Run

For the month of December, each class was set with the challenge of walking, jogging or running 12 kilometres. This can be completed on the walkway as a movement break or during P.E etc. 1 lap of our Active schools Walkway is 250m. So if a class does 4 laps a day they complete 1km.

A santa run took place on Thursday December 17th.

3rd-6th classes will completed their Santa run by walking/jogging the walkway to the Knockdoemore pitches.

Junior classes (Infants -2nd) will completed their Santa Run around the school’s walkway.

Children dressed up in their festive colours and enjoyed the fun filled day!

Physical Education

At Scoil Bhride we strive to deliver a broad and balanced Physical Education programme. Physical Education provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. We aim to provide optimum learning opportunities for the children in our school by maximising active learning experiences and approaches which benefit each individual child.

P.E. Timetable

Each class has been allocated two 30 minute slots for PE each week. This is to ensure that if a day becomes wet the class have another slot that week that they can go outside and partake in the class. Also this timetable is used for the halla also to ensure PE can be carried out each week.

Fundamental Movement Skills

This year the teachers and children have been putting particular focus on FMS. In order to be physically literate it is important the children learn the basic skills of running, jumping, catching, dodging, skipping, etc and be given the opportunity to use the skills. By children gaining the necessary skills to play games they become more confident amd more likely to become more physically active.


Cross Country 13th October 2021

Excellent performance by all our athletes in the cross country county finals today. Congratulations Patrick on his silver medal finish in the boys junior final and to Isla and Amy for their top ten finish. Super stuff!

Second Class jumping into the new year

Athletics Trials Day

Yesterday at school we held our annual athletics trials to select children to represent the school in the county championships in Dangan. Children had great fun running ran in 60m, 80m and 100 m sprints. They also got the chance to try out for the long distance and relay teams. Well done to everyone who took part and we wish those who were selected all the best in Dangan on June 15th! Many thanks to Ms. Madden for organising the event.

County Champions

Congratulations to all our athletes in Scoil Bhríde who took part and won medals at the Galway county athletics finals in Athlone at the weekend. A fantastic achievement. Well done !

All Ireland Champions

We came back to school to hear of two All Ireland Medalists in our school. Brian won a Gold Medal for the Javelin and Patrick silver for the 600 m. Maith sibh táimid fíor bród asaibh.


Hurling/Camogie Blitz 12th October 2021

The senior classes enjoyed putting their after school hurling and camogie training into practise in a blitz against the local schools. A great day was had by all.

IPPEA PeExpo All-Ireland Winners

Well done to the pupils in 5th class who took part in the PeExpo Competiton. They studeied the games starnd over a 5 week period and kept reflective diaries to document what they learned with their head, their heart and their hands. We were delighted to be announced as national champions where we received a trophy and a €200 voucher to nuy P.E equipment.


Uni- Hoc


Hurling & Camogie

Tag Rugby


This school year we have made the dance strand a focus area of the P.E curriculum. We have partnered up with Angela Didek from danceitoutireland to assist us in teaching dance across a 6 week block. They children learn various hip hop styles, dances from various countries and cultures aswell as learning some of the latest tiktok moves.

Susan O' Shaugnessy also is assiting us in providing Irish dancing after school which has proved a major hit among all students.

At break time we plan to play music to allow children show off their moves also.


The children have really enjoyed partaking in gymnastics lessons during P.E this year. They have improved their agility, balance and co-ordination in these lessons. They have learned various ways they can move and shape their bodies to make certain figures and objects. Well done to all!

Outdoor & Adventure

Here at Scoil Bhride we place huge emphasis on active learning. This includes going outside the classroom walls and undertaking activities in our natural environment. So far this year the children have taken part in literacy and numeracy trails around the school grounds. The senior classes also visited Knockma woods as part of an S.E.S.E trip where they learned about plants and animals in our local area! We have also taken part in orienteering, finding our way around both the woods and our new active walkway!


Scoil Bhríde works closely with a number of clubs and organisations outside of school to offer children a variety of choices to enable them become physically active.

Below is a list of clubs and organisations that help us enable children to become physically literate in our local area:

Turloughmore GAA -

Claregalway GAA -

Hip Hop Dance -

Cregmore FC -

Irish Dancing - Susan O'Shaughnessy

Galway GAA Coaching Officer - David Huban

Galway GAA Games Promotion Officer - Isobel Flynn

Connacht Rugby Development Officer - William O'D. Johnstone

Athletics - Clare River Harriers

Golf -

Basketball - Claregalway Basketball Club

Boxing - Monivea Boxing Club

Horse Riding -

Swimming - Coral Leisure Tuam

Community Sport Development Officer - Karen Concannon Galway Sports Partnership -Galway County Council

What club are you in?

The pupils in 6th class conducted a survey of the entire school asking the children what clubs they were involved in outside school. Swimming, Hurling and Football proved the most popular. Dance, Soccer and Gymnastics were also played by many. Sports such as handball, golf and judo proved the least popular.

Cycle Right Course

Well done to all the children in 6th class who cycled to school and took part in the "Cycle right course". They learned how to cycle properly using the rules of the road. Their bikes also got a service and were fully checked out so that they are safe to use. Well done everyone!

Message from Rachel Blackmore

Many thanks to Rachel Blackmore for replying to a letter one of our pupil sent as part literacy activity where students were encouraged to write to their sporting idols. She sent a signed picture of her winning the grand national and praised Nathan and his pony Freddie on winning first prize in the recent primary schools show jumping event.

New Astro Pitch

Many thanks to the parents of Scoil Bhride who have kindly paid for the new astro pitch facility. It enables the children to be active throughout the whole school where muddy pitches are no longer an issue. The students have really enjoyed getting time to play on the new surface and it has greatly enhanced the delivery of our P.E lessons. Míle buíochas tuismitheoirí!

School Sport

Scoil Bhríde ensures children can partake in a wide range of sports during their time here at school. Sports that the school partake in include:

  • Hurling & Camogie

  • Football

  • Basketball

  • Soccer'

  • Rugby

  • Swimming

  • Equestrian

Camogie Champions

A huge congratulation to the girls camogie team in winning the inaugural Clarin College Super 8’s camogie competition. They topped their group winning all their games and went on to beat Lisheenkyle N:S in the quarter final, Newcastle N:S in the semi-final and Craughwell N:S in the final. Well done to Mrs. Crowley and Ms. Bond in coaching the team. It is great to see silverware being brought back to Scoil Bhride. Maith sibh !

Hurlers in Action

While the girls emerged victorious, the boys in 5th and 6th also put on great performances in the hurling competition. They defeated Esker N:S and Carnaun N:S but were defeated by Lurga N:S and Gael Scoil Riada. Unfortunately, that was not enough to qualify for the quarter finals. Afterwards the team was brought back to the school for a tour of their new building and were given food in the new canteen. Well done to all.

Football Blitz

Well done to all our pupils ! We had a great time at the boys football blitz in Knockdoemore Baile Clair to showcase all our skills learned during after school training throughout the first term!

Equestrian Champions

Congratulations to Nathan in 6th class and his pony Freddie who recently won the first ever equestrian trophy for Scoil Bhríde. He competed in Ower Equestrian Centre in Moycullen Co. Galway and came first in the 65cm jumping class. Well done Nathan.

Also a huge congrats to our very own Nicole Shaughnessy in 2nd class who won the national title Supreme Champion at Irish Pony Championships in Wexford in the age group up to 23 yrs. Well done Nicole and well done Freddie her Pony

Mr. O'Connor and Neecole with her cup!

Active Schools Week

This year our school has decided to have our Active Schools week from the 13th -17th of June. Sports day will be on the final day of the week. Written homework will be replaced with active homework for the week and children are advised to wear tracksuits/ shorts this week to school.

Active School Week Planning

Our Active School Committee met this morning to organize our Active School's Week and sports day which will take place in June. It was great to get the students suggestions of what activities they would like to try out during the week.

They also reviewed how the classes were doing in completing their active challenges. Well done to all!