The promotion of our national games has a proud tradition in our school. As part of the PE curriculum children from Junior Infants to 6th Class receive coaching throughout the year in Gaelic Football from Pat Nolan (Gabriel Rangers) on a fortnightly basis. This is kindly funded by the local Gabriel Rangers GAA Club. A schools league in both hurling and football (kindly sponsored by Brosnan’s Eurospar & Hegarty’s Centra) is also run during lunchtime each year culminating in exciting Winter & Summer finals. On a competitive level,boys and girls participate in the West Cork Sciath Na Scol football competition every year and also take part in the INTO Mini 7’s competition.
From 1999 to present, pupils at Scoil Mhuire have competed with distinction in Athletics at the Cork Primary School Sports which are held annually at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
As part of the Aquatics strand in PE, children from 1st class through to 6th class each receive six week blocks of swimming lessons at Baltimore Leisure Centre. By the time the children reach their final year at Scoil Mhuire NS, they are generally very competent swimmers.
Children also receive regular music lessons from a very accomplished music teacher, Martina French. Martina visits the school every Wednesday and teaches children from 2nd to 6th class how to read music and play the tin whistle. These lessons are kindly subsidized by our Parent’s Association.
We also have, in the recent past provided opportunities to our children to experience Speech and Drama as well as Dance, both taught by adept teachers and we hope to provide similar classes in the not so distant future again.
As well as all of the above, children are also afforded opportunities to play soccer, rounders and basketball during their outdoor P.E lessons while dance, badminton, bowling, chess, table-tennis and co-operative games are also available indoors in our spacious General Purpose Room or Hall.