Our annual athletics programme gets underway in the autumn with the Cross Country season, which is open to fourth, fifth and six classes. The high point of the season is invariably the City Cross-Country competition held in November, and Scoil Chaitríona has a proud record in this event.
Over the summer season, there is quite an amount of athletic activity among various classes, leading up to the undoubted highlight of our athletics calendar, the School Sports. This is a real “sport for all” occasion. In addition to the normal programme of events, there is a wide range of novelty races where participation and fun are paramount. Our annual athletics season closes with an outing for our more “serious” athletes to the City Primary Schools Sports, where they get a chance to “go for gold” against the best from other schools. Scoil Chaitríona Senio has a proud tradition in athletics, and many of our young athletes have continued their interest by joining local athletic clubs.
Gaelic Games – Camogie, Hurling and Football
Scoil Chaitríona Senior pupils are fortunate to be involved in a G.A.A. school’s coaching scheme for hurling. Under the skilful guidance of their capable coach, both girls and boys are introduced to all aspects of the game and are put through the basic motions of hurling.
The school Gaelic teams regularly participate in the County Championships run by Cumann na mBunscoil. In the past, members of the school football team have been selected to play for the Galway primary Schools County Football team. The girls have also been involved in Inter Schools Camogie Competitions and Girls Football Competitions. Some of our past pupils have been selected to play for Inter-County teams.
In the area of Gaelic Games we are fortunate to be part of the community in Renmore where so many people give dedicated service, on a voluntary basis, to the promotion of football, hurling and Camogie among our young people.
The Olympic handball team meet for training every Thursday after school for one hour in the Renmore Sports Complex.
The Olympic Handball playing field is similar to an indoor soccer field. Two teams of six players (five outfield players plus one goalkeeper) take the field and attempt to score points by putting the game ball into the opposing team’s goal.
Our teams have entered two competitions so far this year. We are very proud of everyone who turns up to training and represents their school in matches.
There are annual school competitions.
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The 5th and 6th class soccer league has been run annually from January. Close to 50 pupils compete in teams of 6. The turnout is excellent and most teams enjoy the chance of making the playoffs!
As part of our school’s Physical Educational programme, ten swimming lessons are arranged annually for the children in co-operation with the management authorities in the Kingfisher Club. Children walk to the swimming pool where experienced coaches assess each child and place them in classes suited to their ability. Swimming takes place in the second term.
Parents have been loud in their praise for the wonderful progress the children have made in swimming and we are assured that they have the potential achieve even greater success in the future.