Football – Peil Gaelach
Sport is an integral part of our school. Scoil Réalt na Mara has a girls and boys Gaelic football team. We enter both teams in the Fingal Schools League each year and they have had great success. Both teams have achieved the honour of playing in, and winning, their finals in Parnell Park.
Athletics – Lúthchleasaíocht
Scoil Réalt na Mara offer athletics as a school sport. Every year in May we compete in the Cumann na mBunscoil in Morton Stadium, Santry. We send a relay team and a long distance runner for each gender and age group to compete in the competition.
Usually in March or early April we organise trials for the Cumann na mBunscoil to pick out the athletes who will run on the relay team for their age group for that year. The trials consist of a series of sprint races which everyone competes in. There are four athletes on one relay team with usually one or two substitutes. The people with the most success in the trials will run in the Cumann na mBunscoil for the relay team for their age group.
Long Distance Running
As well as a relay team, Scoil Réalt na Mara also send a long distance runner to the Cumann na mBunscoil in May. There are no trials for this race, so one person from each age group and gender who has some experience with long distance running is picked to compete.
The relay team train twice a week in the weeks before the event. They train in the mornings before school (from 8.30am – 9.00am). They practice passing the baton properly and sprinting. The long distance runners don’t get specific training though.
Réalt na Mara is always proud and successful and it’s a great day packed with fun, where many parents or siblings come along to cheer on and help out.
GAA – CLG Rugby – Rugbaí Cricket – Cruicéad Hockey – Haca
As part of our PE programme in the school, we have the services of a number of the clubs in the town, for which we are very thankful.
Our longest association has been with Skerries Harps GAA Club. They have been involved in Gaelic football and hurling coaching with the children, from Junior Infants to 6th Class. Over the years, our girls and boys’ teams have had various successes, most recent being the boys team, who won the league in 2016, and the girls team, who won in 2014.
We have also had the support and expertise from the following sporting bodies:
- Skerries Rugby Club,
- The Hills Cricket Club,
- Sports Conditioning organised by Fingal Co. Co.
- hockey coaching
The school has a long history of participation in sporting activities. This is as a result of the variety of clubs in the community and their support within the school. Consequently, there is a lot of participation of children in the school in a wide variety of sports provided in the community.
There is a strong ethos of physical activity within the school community.
Right throughout the year, the number of children arriving in early for a game of football before school starts is very evident.
Our school Sports Day is a hive of non-competitive activity around the grounds, with the children enjoying a wide variety of activities, ranging from mini-bouncy castles, hopscotch, parachute games, bucket stilt walking among the activities for the junior wing of the school, to three legged races, target practice, basketball, volleyball, Gaelic, soccer, sack races, parachute games, to name but a few, happening on the senior wing.
As part of personal development, 5th and 6th class are actively involved in the setting up and running of the various activities for the Junior wing on their Sports Day.
Another longstanding tradition we have at Scoil Réalt na Mara is the Teacher-6th Class Challenge at the end of the school year. In past years we have had Gaelic matches, basketball matches, soccer matches, and recently relay race challenges. The events have been great fun and competition! Past pupils still talk about their Teacher/6th Class Challenge years later!
To further promote physical activity as an integral part of our school day, Scoil Réalt na Marathon was initiated. For the last term of each school year, each child completed 40km in stages, of the 42km of a full marathon. In the last week of school, a day was picked for the final 2km to be run by every child in the school.
This initiative led to the fundraising event, Réalt na Marathon, in 2013, which involved the whole school and Skerries community. A number of parents elected to run a full 42km marathon distance around a 1km circuit marked around the school and soccer pitch. Parents, teachers and children ran/walked their chosen distance throughout the day, accompanying the long distance runners, cheering, cajoling, encouraging each other along, breaking personal distance records along the way! There was a fantastic school community spirit that day, which is still well remembered.
With the help of participating parents and friends of the school a 2nd Réalt na Marathon was organised in 2017, which coincided with Active Schools Week, with numerous activities organised.