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Run up to Christmas Schools Challenge with Mayo Sports Partnership

Run up to Christmas Schools Challenge with Mayo Sports Partnership

The governments “Keep Well” campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines.  It will provide guidelines, information, and tips on things that will help us keep well through the coming months. To see more about Keep Well / Keep Active Initiatives go to https://www.sportireland.ie/keepwell

With Children and young people limited to the amount of physical activity they would have been accustomed to prior to the pandemic due to reduced or no club training sessions, no indoor sports for the Winter as well as the possibility of a school PE Hall being used for another purpose, we have a spin off or our extremely popular Run up to Christmas, our Run up to Christmas Schools Challenge!

One of the “Keep Well” campaign strands is to keep active, even during the winter, is important to help physical and mental health and wellbeing. Mayo Sports Partnership have come up with a challenge to keep our Children and Young People active during the Winter months.

Who can take part?

All schools both primary and secondary the challenge is open to anyone who can walk 1k a day!

How do you do it?

“You have from November 25th to December 25th to walk, Jog or run to reach a milestone and achieve your goal.  we have 2 milestones for you to target to make your goals more achievable


·         50k – 1.5k a day

·         100k – 3.5k a day

OR 300,000 Steps = 10,000 steps a day = 8k a day!

Remember these can be broken up into any distance per day/week for e.g. 10k a week over the 5 weeks = 50km = Milestone 1 - 50k

·         Set a goal to be physically active 4/5 days per week.

·         Pick one of our milestones to reach by the end of the 30 days.

·         Register for the challenge with your PE Teacher/ Teacher

·         Screenshot your weekly total for November and December or record on our Run up to Christmas Tracker and submit to your Teacher to be in with a chance of winning School prizes

Every participant who completes the challenge will receive a specially commissioned medal. Additionally, we will have Elvery Sports Vouchers or Sports equipment for category winners which will be decided by Mayo Sports Partnership staff. To contact Mayo Sports Partnership about the initiative phone Deirdre Donnelly 087-3910337 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to download the Run up to Christmas School Challenge Calendar.

Dyspraxia/DCD Children's Resource

Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland with the aid of Stephen Hodnett, a qualified primary school teacher and occupational therapist over the last year have been working on resource for primary and secondary schools to help teachers and schools working with children with Dyspraxia/DCD.

The resource is called 'Our say in Our schools'. The resource is entirely focussed on the experiences and thoughts of the children themselves. The ideas, text and artwork come directly from the very talented children who were involved in developing the resource and provides a rich and engaging story about their daily school lives.

This resource gives children a voice and enables them to have their say on their schools and to use their incredible talents and insight into their own lives to help other children with similar experiences to themselves. 

This resource is to be launched during Dyspraxia/DCD awareness week, which is next week from November 22nd to 27th. The launch will be on Monday 23rd via zoom and anyone can apply to attend via the link attached, with talks from other speakers on Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th. https://lnkd.in/eAD5kBF



Upskilling opportunities for registered Post-Primary Teachers to teach mathematics, Physics and Spanish

Dear Post Primary Principal,

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD have announced the launch of a new initiative that will see three new education programmes to upskill registered post-primary teachers to teach mathematics, physics and Spanish.

I am including below links to the joint press release of the Ministers and that of the HEA:



Three level 8 programmes have been selected for funding, as follows:

Professional Diploma for Teaching Physics: DCU (lead institution), UL and NUIG

Higher Diploma in Spanish for Teaching (Post-Primary): UCC

Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching: UL (lead institution), NUIG, DCU, TUD, CIT, LYIT and WIT

The application processes will open shortly and applications should be made directly to the appropriate HEI. Further information on the programmes and the application processes, including closing dates for applications, are available at the following links:

Professional Diploma for Teaching Physics link

Higher Diploma in Spanish for Teaching (Post-Primary) link

Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching:  link

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