Woodbrook College

          An Edmund Rice School

PEXpo 2020
Winners
PEXpo 2020
Well done to all the students that submitted and presented projects at PE Xpo 2020 in Dublin City University on March 3rd. All students equipped themselves excellently when presenting to the judges that assessed their projects. In particular, congratulations to Abhirami Santhoshkumar, Ruby Roche and Michelle Dolores who won the overall junior section (1st – 3rd year) with their project titled; ‘Mixed v single sex PE lessons. Does participation change?’
Fun Run 2019
Report
Fun Run 2019
In spite of the wet weather, the 2019 Fun Run took place on Friday October 25th. For the first time in its existence the venue was changed from Shanganagh Park to the school campus due to the poor wet weather. The students involved in the organisation were excellent when asked to adapt to the contingency of staging the run on the schools grounds at short notice. Well done to all involved on reacting so well to the change of venue. Even though the weather was poor, student enthusiasm and participation was high. This was reflected by the €1250 fundraised from the €5 entry fee to take part. The funds raised were donated to the four different charity partners; Irish Aid, Vision Sports Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association and Christmas Hamper appeal. Well done to all those bravely participated in spite of the poor weather and their generous donations. For the students that were keen to compete, there three races within the Fun Run; senior boys’, girls’ and junior boys’. Congratulations to Conor Murphy on winning the senior boys’ race, Eve O’Brien on winning the girls’ race and Nathan O’Shea on winning the junior boys’ race. The whole school community look forward to the 2020 edition of the Fun Run and wish for improved weather conditions so it can return to the Shanganagh Park venue.
Endeavour Awards
2020
Endeavour Awards
The Endeavour Awards are awards given out to people who make a positive contribution to their community over the past 12 months. The awards recognize what people have achieved, or an area that they have excelled in. Bray & District Chamber of Commerce has been presenting these awards every year for almost 40 years, since 1981.

Sports Day With A Twist!

                                                By Kyle Cox Moloney and Layla Byrne Murray.

As you may know, Sports Day in Woodbrook College happens every year, but this year is like no other. Sports day took place on Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th  of May. Students were split up into their year groups to compete against each other. In line with Covid 19 restrictions, students competed against each other at different times over the two days (see schedule below!)

Sports Day is one of the most exciting events of the year in Woodbrook College. It helps us keep healthy and active, we were relieved to hear it could run this year! This type of sports day will lower the risk of people contracting Covid 19.

The sports/games that will be played at Woodbrook Sports Day 2021 are: 200m Sprint, wheelie race, Tug Of war, Relay Race, Slow bike race, Football/basketball, 800m sprint, 1500m sprint, high jump, soft ball, 60m sprint, cross bar challenge, novelty races, hang tough, Free-throw challenge and dodgeball.

Mr. Cullen stated that “… sports day is an important event in a school's calendar and I find that the majority of students and staff look forward to it. I believe that most students and staff enjoy the day as it gives us an opportunity to socialize and be physically active as well as offering variety to learn in a fun, relaxed and safe environment outside of the traditional classroom. Due to these reasons the PE department think it is important that it needs to continue in an adapted format this year despite the pandemic.” Ms. Synnott had a similar outlook on the different day ‘I think if each year group make the most of their triple period it will be as enjoyable as any other year. However, it might lack the atmosphere as there will be less numbers around. As regards to covid 19 restrictions, one-year group will enjoy sports day over a triple period, to avoid to many people in one space at one time. The events chosen are non-contact sports so students can be distanced. All youth training has returned to clubs now so we are following their guidelines for the matches at the end of the day’   No need to fear, sports day is here!

Ellen King Keane in third year said that“My favorite out of all was the sack race because it was fun doing it with my friends” but she “would rather be with all year groups doing sports day, but this is ok’’. I also asked her if you could change one thing about Sports day, what would it be? She replied, “I would make it longer and add more activities.” The one thing she did enjoy about the day was that it was student led!  

Sports Day 2021 sure was different but different doesn’t always mean bad! From Mr. Cullen, Ms. Synnott and Ellen’s responses, it is clear that Sports Day 2021 was a real hit! Roll on next year…

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