Fitness certificates presented to Naas students

Two St Mary’s classes were successful

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Fitness certificates presented to Naas students

The sixth year students were the overall winners of the competition

Certificates have been presented to students at St Mary’s College for achieving a high standard of fitness.

Certificates were presented to two classes.

The school was named the is the overall winner of the title of ‘Ireland’s fittest school’ in the Irish Life health schools’ fitness challenge.

It was also adjudged ‘Ireland’s fittest girls’ school’ in an awards ceremony on February 11.

Over 200,000 students have participated in the event making it the largest national multi-year surveillance study on the fitness of Irish second level students.

It focuses on preventive healthcare and shows that small steps through a six-week fitness programme can make real changes.

The St Mary’s College participants came from classes across first year, second year and fifth year.

While the fifth year group were the overall winner, the second years landed second place and were adjudged the most improved group.

The fifth year entrants were taught by Eoghan O’Malley and the second year group were taught by Vivienne Garry.

The students performed shuttle runs as part of a “bleep test” and they also designed a circuit training system which is effectively part the physical education curriculum.

St Mary’s College has a solid academic record; last year Anna Fay got maximum points — 625 — having achieved seven H1 results in the Leaving Certificae examinations while Kate O’Callaghan, Ali Cousins and Jade Muir all got over 600 points.

However, the school also has a proud record in sports competition, notably volleyball, badminton, athletics and gaelic football but also athletics and basketball. It is hoped that the success will encourage more St Mary’s College students to pursue PE as an exam subject.

Students Grace Moloney and Sarah Cleary from third year have represented Ireland in basketball at the Under 16 European Championship qualifiers which took place in the Faroe Islands.

In January the St Mary’s cadette volleyball team became All-Ireland champions. They won the title by defeating Rochford Manor from Blackrock, Dublin, by two sets to nil.