GAA skills have been taught in our school for a number of years by our GAA Games Promotion Officer, Declan Jennings, who visits our school weekly to work with different classes each term.
In 2022 we were delighted to take our first steps into the world of Cumann na mBunscol by entering the senior class Gaelic Football competition.
Cumann na mBunscol is a teacher led initiative where a wide range of opportunities and activities for all children is provided with equal opportunities for boys and girls to participate. Activities include boys’ and girls’ football, hurling, camogie, handball, rounder’s, athletics, mini-sevens, inter class leagues, quizzes, projects, skill award schemes and blitzes.
A number of training sessions were held with 4th, 5th and 6th Classes, with an average of 40 pupils per session. There was great enthusiasm and a lot of fun! The St Andrew’s team played three matches in total, which included a superb win on our home ground, much to the delight of our very enthusiastic supporters! Despite some great team performances, we were very unlucky to miss a place in the quarterfinal stages.
In preparation for next year, we are hoping to organise some ‘friendlies’ with other local schools before year end.
We are also entered into the Cumann na mBunscol Hurling League for the first time, which takes place after the Easter holidays. With the help of Ms Smith and Mr Harrison, we are currently recruiting for our team of boys and girls and are looking forward to meeting four other local schools in the group stage.
St Andrews NS Abù!