Sport is hugely beneficial for children. By playing sports our children have another opportunity and context to utilise their STKEV values of Self Awareness, Teamwork, Kindness, Engagement in their learning and Versatility.
They also develop physical skills, exercise, make new friends, have fun, and improve self-esteem. At St. Kevin’s we promote individual and team games in competitive and non-competitive structures.
The focus is on participation and enjoyment. We have strong links with our local sports clubs and coaches to promote the importance of physical activity for all our pupils. As well as various after-school sporting teams, we participate in coaching and competitions in the following areas:
- Gaelic Football
- Hurling and Camogie
- Cross Country Running
Mile Challenge, Avondale 2023
The 28th February saw St Kevin’s NS back at Avondale. This time 4th class were competing in the Mile Challenge. Each child had to run a mile loop as quickly as he or she could. At the finish, wrist bands were handed out to tell each runner how quickly they completed the mile.
All the athletes were amazing and completed the whole event. There were medals for the first 5 finishers in each race. The boys brought home 4 of these medals! Well done Alfie Monahan, Seán O’ Rourke, Finn Gilmore and Ryan Synnott. Thank you to our parent helpers for all your support on the day.
Friday, 4th March 2022 saw the Athletics Wicklow Star Awards, held in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Each year, the event celebrates the talented athletes of Wicklow and their achievements.
St. Kevin’s’ own Ethan Bramhill won the special recognition award and was the youngest recipient of any award on the night. The award recognises Ethan’s athletics achievements over the last year; a year in which he picked up bronze at the Leinster cross country and gold at the All-Ireland cross country championships.
Well done Ethan!
On the 22nd November 2022 St Kevin’s went to Avondale again. This time the distance to be covered was 2km and the aim was to cross the finish line!
All those who completed the challenge without dropping out got a medal. We are proud to say that we brought home 120 medals!!
Well done all and thanks to Claire, Gabriel, Sonya, Jacqui, Karolina, Eileen, Aileen, Pete and especially to David who acted as 3rd bus!
A Golden Day……Avondale November 25th 2021
Gold leaves on the trees, gold sun in the sky, gold medals on maroon singlets…
After a long absence of inter school events, children from 5th and 6th class in St. Kevin’s represented the school on Thursday, November 25th in Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum. The event was the Wicklow Schools Invitational Cross Country. Each child had to run one kilometre of steep hill and boggy grass. Each child completed the circuit in their best time.
Ethan B led the 5th class boys pack by 30 seconds. He was followed by his colleagues: Dylan C, Finn C, Ben W, Cillian W, Steven M, Max D and Jake S. They earned five individual medals between them and came first in the team event.
The 5th class girls had a brave run with three girls finishing in the top 20. Juliette W finished 6th and earned an individual medal. Alexandra M and Daisy J finished just outside the top ten.
6th class girls also came home with team gold. Ella M and Alanna S claimed individual medals in the process.
6th class boys, not to be outdone, also brought home team gold! Jamie L and Conor B were presented with individual medals at the finish line.
The other children who qualified to compete in the event were Emily C, Sophie T, Aoife D, Ella T, Alissa K, Grace O’N, Cerys C, Áine R, Liliana D, Abi B, Lily C, Danny H, Henry M, Dylan L, Ben B and James P.
One parent commented at the amazing display of camaraderie in the school. We were immensely proud at how the children acquitted themselves both on and off the race course. There was certainly no shortage of team spirit.
Thanks to all the parents who drove children and helped on the day. We look forward to competing in the next event.
By Seán C in 6th class with the help of Ms Lambkin
Avondale Athletics 2019
On Tuesday 22nd October, 51 athletes from 3rd to 6th class represented St. Kevin’s at the individual Cross Country event in Avondale.
The day was a great success and St. Kevin’s returned with a great number of medals. More importantly, our students represented us with pride and determination. Well done to everyone who took part.
A special thank you to Ms. Lambkin and Mr. Flynn for organising the event and to the parents that joined us on the day.