Scoil Iosagain Aghada Unveil New Running Track

By Claire O’Donoghue

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On Friday, 31 May, the Parents Association of Scoil Íosagáin in Aghada is hosting the opening of their new running track at the school. The official ceremony is at 10am with none other than running legend, Rob Heffernan, on hand to cut the ribbon. The school will also be holding a Run-a-Thon event on the day. The relay will begin at 9.15am with local parents setting the time with a few laps of the track followed, in turn, by each class until the end of the school day at 2.40pm. Participants have been issued with sponsorship cards for family and friends to fill, in an effort to raise funds towards the track. Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Melissa O’Neill from the Scoil Íosagain Parents Association said, “The track has been a great success at the school. Each day all the children do four laps of the track which is the equivalent of the recommended daily mile. It’s been a fantastic incentive to get active at their own pace.” The Daily Mile initiative began in the UK as a result of rising childhood obesity. Such exercise is also shown to support mental as well as physical well-being. Melissa continued, “We also have what we call our “social ramble” around the track for non-runners, where they stroll and chat with their teacher or SNA. The track is certainly proving an all-inclusive amenity that the entire school community can be proud of.”
Speaking of inclusivity, the school has made amazing strides in their fundraising efforts to build and equip their new Autism unit. Last weekend, the Bishopstown Orienteering Group were invited to run a day course in Rostellan Woods for the school students and local community. The event has topped up the fundraising proceeds balance by almost €750. The total is now at €123,000 which is just €2,000 short of the €125,000 needed. Early Intervention Units and Autism Units facilitate methods by which children on the autism spectrum can best learn, whilst encompassing their sensory, stimulatory and motor skill needs. When these units are “attached to” mainstream schools, they truly nourish an environment where all children can feel an equal part of the school community. Well done and congratulations to all students, staff, community and Parents Association of Scoil íosagáin Aghada for all their hard work in the past 18 months.

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