Extra Curricular Activities
There are various extra-curricular activities. We would encourage pupils to participate in these activities. We believe this enhances a sense of cohesion in the school and certainly can build the children’s self-esteem.
Environmental Awareness is very much encouraged in St. Anne’s. The children take part in classes especially geared to making them more aware of how important a healthy environment is to them, their families and their pets. Have a look at the Greenschools section for more details.
Music is held in the school on Tuesday’s after school. Mr Kieran Holt is the music teacher. The instruments played are Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute. This year we have 11 pupils attending his classes.
Recently, the children from 3rd-6th classes took part in a Sounds Irish workshop facilitated by Walton’s New School of music. The workshop began with a brief performance and overview of Irish music and it’s instruments. The children were introduced to the Fiddle and Bodhrán, their parts, history and how they are played. Then each child got to beat out rhythms on the Bodhrán and “try out” the fiddles provided. Finally, groups of Bodhrán and Fiddle players accompanied the facilitators in a reel specially written for the workshop. The rest of the group clapped the rhythm and danced. The children loved using real instruments and participating together to create an ‘ensemble’. Even the teachers had a go!!
A number of teachers do football with the children after school. These teams participate in a local league during school hours. This term our boys and girls football teams were involved in school leagues. Both teams trained hard. They both made it to the semi-finals but unfortunately were both beaten. Well done to the players. Thanks to Mr. Leavy, Ms Geoghegan and Mrs. Hayes for training and organising the matches.
Children from 3rd – 6th Classes are given the opportunity of playing Olympic Handball. Extra coaching classes are provided by a number of teachers for a term. Teams are entered in the Meath Olympic Handball Championships each year. These competitions cater for boys and girls from U10’s through to Senior teams and children thoroughly enjoy the challenge. This year one of our parents, Adriana Marinescu, offered to help with the coaching. She was an international Olympic handball player. Both the teachers and the children learned much from her.
The homework club runs from 3 – 4 Monday – Thursday and is staffed by a teacher and SNA each day. This year children from 3rd – 6th Class are attending this club.
Celebrating Cultures and Traditions
As part of Intercultural and Anti-Racism Week (7th – 14th April) Michael McDonagh and members of Navan Travellers Workshop brought their traditional wagon to St. Anne’s for the children to explore. Michael told them about the travellers customs and traditions. He explained what life was like for the travellers who lived in these wagons. The children were intrigued by it and asked many interesting questions. In addition to this some parents from Romania, Nigeria and Pakistan visited some classes. It gave the children an insight into different cultures and traditions.
The after school French classes will, this year be run by Patricia Bosser and will be available to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth class. There will be two terms of ten weeks. The lessons will start on Monday 22nd September in the school. The second term will start after Christmas. Pupils from Infants and First class will be collected from their classroom. Enrolment for new pupils will take place on Monday 15th September in the school hall.Back to top