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St Colman's Primary and All Saints' Nursery

PE and Sport

The difference that PE and sport make to the lives of our children is quite remarkable.

At our school we have a culture that encourages all children to be active and have a positive attitude to physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children at St. Colman's enjoy PE, sport and physical activity and we provide a whole range of opportunities for our children. It is our aim for each child to find something they are good at and can succeed in. We recognise that physical education is a unique and essential contributor to the development of the whole child – physical, academic, social, emotional and spiritual.

Our high quality PE curriculum which we deliver offers a wide variety of activities both in and out of curriculum time. Children learn that being active is fun and an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at St. Colman's and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.

At Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children experience dance, games, athletics, gymnastics and lessons in fundamental movement and multi-skills. At Key Stage Two in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities.


Coaches that we use for the whole school year are:

Ulster Council Coach: Ryan McShane(P.1-P.3) EVERY WEDNESDAY

Down GAA Coach: Benny Coulter (P.4-P.7) EVERY MONDAY



In gymnastics children use the large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds.

In Terms 1 and 2, children in Key Stage 2 attend swimming lessons in Banbridge Leisure centre, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.

Whilst we are not able to take every child to every competition we happily send as many teams as possible to events and tournaments. Sporting competitions and events we take part in each year include multi-skills, Gaelic football, hurling and this year we also hope to take part in gymnastics and netball events. We believe in healthy competition teaching the children to do their best and be gracious in victory and defeat.


Here is breakdown of our PE and Sports clubs and coaching across each term:


Term 1:

GAA Fundamentals - Ryan McShane (P.1-3)

Down GAA - Benny Coulter (P.4-7)


(P.6) Dates: 08/09; 15/09; 22/09; 29/09; 06/10 & 13/10

(P.7) Dates: 20/10; 03/11; 10/11; 17/11; 24/11 & 01/12


Term 2:

GAA Fundamentals - Ryan McShane (P.1-3)

Down GAA - Ambrose Rogers (P.4-7)


(P.5) Dates: 04/01; 11/01; 18/01; 25/01; 01/02 & 08/02


Term 3:


GAA Fundamentals - Ryan McShane (P.1-3)

Down GAA - Benny Coulter (P.4-7)