Balscadden NS holds School Marathon Relay

October 23, 2019 0

Balscadden National School hosted a school Marathon Relay on 23rd October, 2019. The event was run by as a fundraiser to support the school’s latest literacy initiative Power Hour. Power Hour aims to immerse pupils in levelled readers at the level of the children’s reading attainment level. It has been a great success in the school and this fundraiser will allow the school to develop it further.

Every member of the school, community was involved. Every child in the school ran a leg of the marathon of between 100 and 300 metres with the full distance adding up the length of a full marathon. As well as the children, all the staff were also involved in running their part of the marathon much to the delight of the children. The marathon was also supported by the Parents’ Association of the school. The parents helped out on the day encouraging all the runners as they put in their laps and cheering them right to the end.

This is the second year that Balscadden NS have held a Marathon Relay. The school has been accredited with a second Active Flag under the Active Schools initiative. This initiative rewards schools that place an emphasis on the health and well-being of their students. Balscadden NS joins a very small number of schools in the country with two Active Flags.

The day was full of enthusiasm and excitement. It is a fully inclusive event with every child regardless of their ability taking part. This lead to a great feeling of teamwork and collaboration all round. The final lap of the marathon was run by the eldest and the youngest pupils in the school. There were great cheers all round as they crossed the finish line.

Commenting of the event, principal Chris White said that ‘The Marathon Relay brings out all that is good about our school ethos of respect, inclusiveness, collaboration and encouraging our young students to take up a healthy lifestyle’, he went on to congratulate all the children on their great achievement and to thank ‘all the staff members who took part in the marathon and in so doing act as positive role models to the pupils in their care’.

In addition to supporting Power Hour in the school, the Parents’ Association in the school also selected two charities to make a contribution to from the proceeds of the day, Crumlin Hospital and First Light.