Colaiste De Lacy took part in the Irish Schools Fitness Challenge again this year. Pupils completed their initial test in early October and have been working on improving their fitness levels since. All classes have been taking part in timed lap challenges as well different strength classes. Students were assigned activity homework and many have been working hard to improve their fitness by attending the extracurricular sports clubs inside school as well as trying to be as active as possible outside of school. The second phase of results have been collected and the PE Department are proud to announce that all the effort has paid off and that the majority of students have improved their result.
This year a camogie team was formed in Coláiste De Lacy and our students took part in the Meath/Kildare Novice Schools Senior league. Participating in a league with older and more experienced players, Coláiste De Lacy stepped up and produced some super displays against Coláiste Chiarain Leixlip, St. Peter’s College Dunboyne and Athboy CS. A rock tight defense, strong running in the midfield and a versatile forward line that defended as well as scored ensure that we competed well with more established schools. An important mention needs to be given to the large number of players have only started playing since September. These girls have rose to the tough challenge set by competing with players that have represented their counties at minor level. Training continues every week and numbers are growing. We look forward to playing in the Meath/Kildare Junior League that will begin in February.
We are delighted to announce Colaiste De Lacy won Third Place in the Most Improved Mixed School Category in the 2016 Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge. With just under 200 secondary schools across the country participating, this is an remarkable achievement for our new school.
At the start of the year it was decided by The PE Department to enter the Coláiste into the 2016 School’s Fitness Challenge. We felt that our students could learn about the importance of fitness for future health and to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle. This year’s challenge was completed over 11 weeks from October to December 2016. An initial fitness test was carried out to measure the fitness levels of all students in the Coláiste. Following the data collected, The PE Department created a six week training programme to help improve all students cardiovascular fitness levels. Each week, during PE, Students participated in a 1km timed run and results were collected. Students compared their results each week and set targets for the following weeks. Growth mindset, positivity, determination and work ethic played a pivotal role in the students improvement.
Following the 6 week training programme, a repeat fitness test was completed to measure new fitness levels. The improvement of ALL students was astounding and that was down to their hard work and endeavour each week during PE.
A huge congratulations to all students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year, and both Iníon O’Sullivan & Maistir Hall for all the undertaking done to accomplish our excellent achievement.
Coláiste de Lacy’s Junior Basketball Team have won five games from five in their quest to win the prestigious North Eastern Schools Basketball League. The dynamic and skillful team continue to train on Friday evenings as they await their opponents in the semi final stage. The team topped their group having overcome strong schools from Dundalk, Athboy, Navan and Drogheda.
Well done to all players involved!
Big congratulations to the Minor and Junior Girls Basketball teams who have been playing extremely well in the school league. So far, the Minor team had three wins against Coláiste na Mí, Athboy Community School and Ardee Community School. The Junior team had three wins against Coláiste Pobail Rath Cairn, Athboy Community School and Ardee Community School. Their league will continue after the midterm. We wish them the best of luck!
High energy is common in Coláiste De Lacy but last week as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’ students participated in a series of activities to promote our overall health and wellness.
Zumba is a workout featuring movements inspired by the multifaceted styles of Latin American Dance. During our Zumba class, we engaged a ton of muscles, often (blissfully) unaware that we were incorporating traditional fitness moves like squats and lunges into the choreography. Zumba definitely put us into an endorphin-release zone with all the students agreeing that It really did improve our mood! The music really was so infectious and it was just so much fun.