Cullina N.S. encourages physical education. It meets the physical needs of the child and the need for movement experiences, challenges and play. It develops a desire for daily physical activity and encourages constructive use of free time and participation in physical activities in adult life. Physical education, as an integral part of the total curriculum, provides vital opportunities for the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child.
Children at our school are very fortunate to have the space and facilities to encourage and promote a healthy attitude to a healthy lifestyle. Our facilities on the school premises includes an outdoor basketball court, a playing pitch for Gaelic football and soccer, a playground which has 2 slides, monkey bars and a climbing frame. We also have a multipurpose gym which allows for playing basketball, soccer, badminton, gymnastics and table tennis.
We have a strong tradition of sport in the school and participate in basketball, football and rugby tournaments. As part of the School's active flag initiative, all sports are encouraged.
The content of the physical education is divided into six strands:
- Outdoor and adventure activities
Pupils are exposed to dance and gymnastics throughout the year.
Children from Classes 2nd - 6th get an opportunity to go swimming at The Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. Each class attends lessons for a 6 week period.
Pupils receive rugby training for a term during the year. They usually travel to Fitzgerald’s stadium in June to play in the Garda Blitz Tournament.
Football is an integral part of school life in Cullina. Children in all classes gain experience and skills from PJ Reidy from the County Board, who attends our school every year.
Pupils from 5th and 6th class, under the guidance of Mr Fitzgerald and Amy Foley also have the opportunity to play in several competitions throughout the year and also enter the skills competitions.
When the children are not playing in competitions, they are practising their skills during lunch breaks!
Brian Clarke trains the children from 3rd-6th Class every Tuesday in the school gym from 4-6pm. Children enter into the town league competitions and have the opportunity to practice their skills in our outdoor court during break times.