Scoil Aonghusa CNS Pupils walking and learning together
Scoil Aonghusa CNS Pupils took the 2017 Mallow Health Week seriously and are walking to/from and around the school at the GAA complex in Carrigoon as part of a green schools initiative W.O.W, Walk on Wednesdays. This initiative will continue when the school moves to its permanent residence in the lovely new building in Castlepark. The school takes the health of all its pupils and staff very seriously and to this end they have signed up for both the ‘Active Schools’ and the ‘Healthy Schools’ initiatives which empower children to develop healthy attitudes towards diet, exercise and mental health.
Walking is an excellent form of exercise for young children, it builds and supports large muscle groups in the body. It helps develop gross motor skills and improves co-ordination. Children learn better when they are fit and healthy and they often eat and sleep better after doing exercise as it helps them burn off energy. How well children perform in the classroom can depend on how physically fit they are. Numerous scientific studies have been done on this, and in a review of these, researchers at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam found strong evidence of a link between physical exercise and academic performance. The studies suggest that exercise can improve cognition by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, daily exercise can also reduce stress and improve a child’s mood, making children more likely to behave well in the classroom.
Scoil Aonghusa CNS offers many sports to children including basketball, football, hurling, athletics, table tennis, dancing and swimming. They even had a visit from a Cork Senior Camogie champion recently. Niamh McCarthy encouraged children at the school to eat healthily and stay active. Children who take part in team sports not only stay healthy but are better able to learn throughout the school day. Why not start this week with your family, try to walk/cycle/scoot to school, walk to the shop or even take a leisurely stroll around the town.
Principal Mrs Catherine Fleming recommended that “children should undertake some fun physical activity for at least 60 minutes each day to keep healthy, fit and to learn well at school”.