Enniscorthy Vocational College ran our annual Wellness and Active week for our Junior Cycle students from May 4th to 7th.There was a great buzz and excitement around the school as our first, second and third-year students took part in a range of activities during the week.
Each morning teachers had the option of bringing their classes for a ten-minute walk on the school grounds, which proved very popular with staff and students.
Breaktime saw the limbo, skipping, basketball free throw and hula hoop challenges ongoing in different locations around the school, with students getting involved within their own year group. Even some of the staff joined in the fun!!
Each day the students also had another opportunity to get involved in fun contests such as the sack race, penalty shootout, welly throwing (wellies provided courtesy of Ms. Kennedy), poc fada as well as an obstacle course where the students had to balance a beanbag on their head as they made their way across benches around cones and under nets! Friday saw plenty of involvement and enjoyment from all during the relay events!
Students were also given the opportunity to sit and connect with their peers in a device free (socially distanced) timetabled class. They were provided with refreshments from the school management to enhance the experience. This was very popular with the students due to the necessity of being apart during distance schooling in lockdown.
The student council were busy organising their fundraiser for Pieta House. They raised approximately €200 for the charity, which was a wonderful achievement .
Creativity was to the fore in our Wellbeing poster competition for our first-year students. In their creations, the students demonstrated a wonderful understanding of wellness, incorporating themes from physical activity to mental health, nutrition and the importance of rest.
Our school “Word of the Week” was “Motivation”, another key factor in staying well. Pupils explored the definition of the word, and what motivates them in their own interests, after which they created a sentence with the word “motivation “in it.
Many thanks go to our teachers, SNAs and management for supporting the week by getting involved, running activities and providing medals and refreshments. A particular thanks to the PE Department of Ms. Jennifer King, Ms. Paula Doyle and Ms. Fiona Kehoe for the scheduling and organising of the events.