Spa N.S. places enormous value on the benefits to be derived from engaging in sporting activities. The school has a long and proud tradition of involvement in sports and physical education at all levels. The school delivers all strands of the primary school physical education curriculum and offers coaching and instruction in a wide variety of sports to encourage the children to pursue a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Over the past five years the school has continuously invested in a wide variety of sports equipment for use in lessons and clubs. Our wonderful facilities including a school hall, astro turf pitch, large tarmac yard, basketball court, large playing field, and close proximity to the local community hall allow us to cater for the P.E curriculum. Our school also has very close ties with Tralee I.T. and their Sports & Leisure department. Each school year, undergraduates from the Recreation and Leisure Degree complete teaching practise modules in our school which ensures that our teachers and pupils are continuously exposed to best practice and up to date developments in children’s sport
For younger pupils the emphasis in PE is on building up children’s agility, balance and co-ordination. The focus is on group games, dance and fundamental movement. Pupils work with different pieces of equipment including mats, benches, balls of varying sizes, hoops, bean bags and skipping ropes. This equipment is available to pupils at break times as well.
Our senior pupils are involved in various sporting activities including athletics, basketball, tag rugby, spikeball, gaelic football, soccer and hurling. Our senior pupils are given every opportunity to represent the school in inter school competitions. These pupils always take great pride in wearing the school jersey. Spa N.S. is also very proud of its many past pupils who have gone on to achieve great success in their sporting fields.
The school year always concludes with an Active Schools Week. This is always an action packed week with lots fun and games for everyone.
Spa N.S. has a proud tradition in the promotion of our national games. We are very fortunate to have a very close working relationship with Pearse Brothers GAA club Churchill and we have full use of their facilities which are situated next to the school.
Our students participate in all Cumann na mBunscol competitions. Our boys and girls football teams compete enthusiastically and have enjoyed great success in county competitions. All classes enjoy a six week coaching block with former Kerry footballer Michéal Quirke.
Spa N.S. was one of the first schools to participate in the South Kerry hurling initiative and is delighted to be proud supporters of Tralee Parnells Hurling club. Hurling G.D.A. David O Dea is a regular visitor to the school and coaches different classes every week. Because of the growing popularity of the game, Spa N.S. has begun to field teams in Cumann na mBunscol hurling and camogie competitions and our players are loving every minute of it.
Basketball is a very popular sport in the school and our teachers coach basketball to the students in their P.E. lessons. The pupils learn the skills of the game in a fun environment and there is a real emphasis on participation and exercise with regard to these classes. The school also participates in the inter school blitzes organised by the local secondary schools.
Spikeball is junior version of volleyball. Teachers introduced the game to the school’s sporting calendar five years ago and the game has really grown in popularity since then. Our senior classes enter teams in the inter school competitions every year and they have had tremendous success. To date, our boys, girls and mixed teams have enjoyed success at county, provincial and at All Ireland levels. The beauty of Spikeball is that every student likes to get involved and Spa N.S. has made many friends from other schools all over the country from competing in the competitions.
Tag rugby is another favourite in Spa N.S. Many of our students are active members of Tralee Rugby Club and we are delighted to have Seán Brosnan visit the school every year to coach our classes. The students love the sessions as Seán always highlights the importance of agility, balance and teamwork in the lessons. The classes participate in the annual schools fun blitz in Tralee rugby club every year.
Soccer is the main game during break time in Spa N.S. with our pupils eager to show their latest skills. Our 6th class boys and girls have competed in the F.A.I. schools competitions for the past few years. Again they have tasted success at county and provincial levels and provided us with so many memorable days out.