Category Archives: Partnerships

Sports Day 2018

Simon and Nicola presenting members of the Active Flag Committee and parent volunteer Lynn with our new croquet equipment!


The rain held off on the 20th June for our Sports Day, held in Donaghmore’s fantastic facilities. Simon and Nicola from Croquet Ireland, Anne O’Mara, Meath’s Cricket Development Officer, Gráinne and her team from Killegland AFC and a host of parents and teachers facilitated stations on the day. Thanks to Audrey, the two Traceys, Ruth,Karen and Lynn for all their work on the day along with all the teachers who helped with the set up and David and Michael’s well organised after lunch races. Our parent and family spectators added to the great atmosphere on the day.

Our pupils were taken with the game of croquet- new to most of us! Simon and Nicola patiently explained some basic techniques and very kindly donated a set of croquet equipment to the school so as we can continue to experiment with our newly discovered croquet skills!

Anne had groups batting and will organise cricket’s return to Ashbourne ETNS next September with some coaching sessions culminating in a local blitz which we’re looking forward to.

Killegland AFC supported us as they have done on all our sports days with a fantastic obstacle course and some enjoyable soccer challenges.


GAA Fun & Run

Martin and Moira from Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA have been in training pupils all year. On Tuesday they took 3rd, 4th and 4th Classes for Fun and Run sessions. For more information on this batting and fielding game suitable for all ages and abilities look here: GAA Fun & Run

Children interested in continuing training over the summer will find more information here: Donashgaa


Ashbourne Baseball Club

  We were really lucky to get coaching visits from Frank and Feidhlim via Ashbourne Baseball Club on Tuesday of Active Week. Junior Infants, Evergreen, Senior Infants, First and Second Class all had sessions with the guys and experienced catching with the baseball glove whilst in a good stance. Frank and Feidhlim encouraged anyone interested in the sport to join them in Ashbourne Baseball Club on Thursday evenings for training where 5-12 year olds are most welcome. For more information have a look at their website Ashbourne Baseball Club Website

Details about an upcoming summer camp are here: Ashbourne Giants Kids Camp A3

Gymnastics with Akaash

Following an Active Flag Committee meeting where pupils expressed an interest in having gymnastics sessions during Active Week we reached out to a local gymnastics class provider and Akash from Wave Gymnastics kindly volunteered his time to come and teach our two fourth classes a few basics. Akash stressed the importance of warming up properly and played some warm up games followed by simple jumps and poses. The class then progressed to learning how to perform a forward roll in the correct way, with the back of the neck and not the head making contact with the floor! This was followed by learning the steps involved in doing a handstand and then a cartwheel. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Thanks to Akash for facilitating this. For any pupils interested in pursuing the further development of their gymnastic skills details on Akash’s classes can be found here Wave Gymnastics Ashbourne

Gymnastics Games!

Warming Up

Akash doing a handstand


Be Active ASAP 2018

Ashbourne ETNS successfully ran an 8 week Be Active After School Activity programme for the third time in 2018 for our 1st Class pupils. This is a fantastic programme which offers an hour of physical activity to pupils free of charge, with parents and teachers volunteering and working together to facilitate it. The aim is to encourage an interest and develop skills in sport in the hopes they will take up a sport outside of school.

Thanks to our parent volunteers: Fran, Lynn, Mia, Tracey, Fiona and Dee and our teacher volunteers: Katie L and Katie K, Elaine, Síofra and Caitríona.

To find out more about the programme check out this website Be Active ASAP