The class organised to have The Elverys Sports Power team come to the school to give a presentation to 1st and 2nd years. Elverys POWER Team travels around the country encouraging young people to adopt a positive mindset and integrate healthy lifestyle habits.
Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) is based around 7 main concepts or ideas. The concept on which Tara focused their project on is the concept of Rights and Responsibilities – first and second year students have a right to learn new skills and information and a right to included in activities while their old peers have the responsibility to pass on these experiences and assist them.
Students were given tip on healthy living, nutrition, physical activity and the importance of rest and recovery. They learned about setting goals, working together with others as part of a team to achieve their goals and understand all these skills are transferable to other areas of their life.
The presenters used the POWER Acronym to convey their message:
Positivity – We are all capable of doing things that we sometimes think we are not capable of.
Optimum Hydration – 2-3 litres of water should be consumed daily to assist vitals such as concentration.
Wholesome Diet – A balanced diet is very important for a growing young person. Natural foods are far more nutritious than processed foods.
Exercise – Regular physical activity (3-5 times per week) is essential to reaching a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Recovery – Every young person should get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. This is essential for learning and development.
Also, Tara, the co-ordinating class was divided into a number of sub-committees—each committee took responsibly for a different part of organising the event.
The first and second year students enjoyed themselves and got to learn many new skills in a practical and fun way. Samuel Denehan felt ‘the information was very good and useful’ while Ella Lynch thought ‘the exercise parts were really fun’.
Report—Ben Cully, Jack Brady, Rachel Conroy and Tara Smullen
Photos—Dearbhail Nolan, Cirah Quinn and Jamie Redmond