Hold it!

Welcome to week 3 of our Fittest Family competition. This week we have a load of new exercises for you to try over the week along with a brand new challenge as well as some new celebrities to try and beat. This weeks extra challenge is all about getting out and taking a photo with your family outside in the fresh air. Keep those photos coming in and best of luck. Don’t forget everyone can join in the fun at any part.

Squat Next!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our weekly exercise initiative again this week. It was great to see so many pupils out moving around safely in their area all with a smile on their faces. The activities are all about keeping us connected and smiling through these weeks. This week saw our families take on our team leaders and elite sport stars in a wall squat contest. The tremendous effort involved was amazing to see by all who took part in it. Special mention to so many pupils this week from our own school and others. So a huge bualadh bos for Katie Stamp (1st Class), Donagh McGee (1st Class), Rory O’Connell (2nd Class), Dawn Bradley-Jugessur (5th Class), Sarah O’Mahony (6th Class), Shane Ryan (Team Ryan) and Tommy Hearne (Team Hearne) for their amazing times this week. Our fittest family this week was The O’Mahony family who on average racked up their family wall squat time of 11 minutes and 52 seconds. This week we are also introducing a most creative photo category with the prizes this week going to The Devereux family for their amazing family shot of 4 wall squats on top of each other and The Crosbie family for their dog assisted squat. Thank you for all who took part and look out for tomorrow’s new weekly challenge on the blog too and throughout the week as some new sport stars take part in our challenges. Prizes will be announced at the end of our competitions.

SQUATever it takes!!!

Continuing on this week has seen some more of Wexford’s finest sport stars getting involved in the community spirit of Piercestown National School by taking part in this weeks challenge The Wall Squat. We were honored this week to welcome our Wexford hurling captain Lee Chin, Wexford hurler and our schools GPO Seamus Casey, Wexford camogie player Emma Walsh and finally Irish 400m sprinter Sophie Becker to take part and try outlast our Fittest Families and leaders this week. They again have set the standards extremely high this week and have definitely posed a challenge to our families. Has your family got what it takes to take on and beat the elite?

Week 2: Squat Now

Super effort already in week 2 of our Fittest Family. It has been great to see so many people so far engaging in the activities with smiling faces as we tackle a new week. This week we are doing the Wall Squat which can be seen every Sunday on Ireland’s Fittest Families. It is an exercise for the physical and mentally strong as you push yourself to hang on as long as you can. So stretch those legs out and pull up your imaginary chair and sit back and prepare to laugh at your family as they try and hold it together. Keep your eyes out for some celebrity times still to come to compete against too Wednesday night. All emails to bmurphy@piercestownns.com please. We are also offering an extra bonus point to all families who take a photo of themselves sitting down this week to a healthy or maybe a new recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

All Plank’d Out

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our weekly exercise initiative this week. It was great to see so many pupils walking, cycling, running, horse riding and getting involved in our weekly tasks and challenges, all with a smile on their faces. The activities are all about keeping us connected and smiling through these weeks. This week saw our families take on our team leaders and elite sport stars in a plank contest. The tremendous effort involved was amazing to see by all who took part in it. Special mention to our plank champions of Mia Whelan-Crosbie of second class who finished up her plank at an amazing time of 6 minutes and 11 seconds. The boys champion was to be found in 1st class student in the form of Donagh McGee who held strong to reach a time of 5 minutes and 2 seconds in his own plank. Our fittest family this week was The Newport Family who on average racked up their family plank time to 3 minutes and 58 seconds. Thank you for all who took part and look out for tomorrow’s new weekly challenge on the blog too and throughout the week as some new sport stars take part in our challenges. Prizes will be announced at the end of our competitions.

Fittest Family Take On The Elite

This week has seen some of Wexford’s finest celebrities getting involved in the community spirit of Piercestown National School by taking part in this weeks challenge The Plank. We were honored to our own past teacher and camogie player Miss S O’Connor taking part as well as Wexford Hurling Stars Joe Coleman, Rory O’Connor and Kevin Foley taking to the yoga mats to see could they master The Plank and outlast our Fittest Families and leaders this week. They certainty have set the standards this week and have definitely posed a challenge to our families. Has your family got what it takes to take on and beat the elite?

Week 1: Fittest Family Challenge

Congratulations to all for a super start to our Piercestown Fittest Family. It has been great to see so many people so far emailing in photos of themselves being active and enjoying the exercises and the challenge. I will put up a slideshow at the end of the week highlighting our amazing fit families. Each week all that is required is a photo of you and your family doing the exercises. If you wish to go head to head against our leaders and compete in the optional weekly challenges to be crowned Piercestown’s Fittest Family, I also need photographic proof of you doing the activity attached with the time your family set. For fairness it will be an average time of all family members taking part due to family sizes being both big and small. Lastly, each week if you fill in your exercise tracking form and when we return to school you will be entered into a draw for taking part too. Keep your eyes out for some celebrity times still to come to compete against too. All emails to bmurphy@piercestownns.com.

Piercestown Fittest Family

Welcome to Piercestown NS first ever Piercestown Fittest Family!! Over the next month we are calling on all families in the school to get active each week and take part in a safe and healthy way through a set of various activities and challenges from your homes. Everyone can take part and it can be changed or tweaked to fit you and your family. It is all about taking part, inclusion and encouraging everybody to stay active and in touch in these challenging times.

  • Each week you will be given a set of exercises to be completed and you can show completion of these exercises through the weekly checklist forms or through photos. (Videos over 15 seconds are too large to send over email)
  • The goal each week is to complete 2021 exercise reps across your family. (For example, one might do the lunges, while another family member might do the jumping jacks for the week or for the fit families out there everybody can try do it together)
  • Each family when entered will be randomly assigned to one of our amazing team leaders- Team Hearne, Team Lyttleton, Team Farrell and Team Sinnott.
  • Each week you will also be given an opportunity to try and prove you are the Fittest Family through a set optional weekly challenge against your chosen Team Leader for points.
  • The family with the best performance/time will receive 5 points, the next best performing family will receive 4 and finally the third best performing family will receive 3. All other competing families will receive 1 point for just taking part.
  • At the end of the three weeks there will be a competition week where you will battle it out against our Team Leaders in daily challenges for more points.
  • At the end of our Fit Families, there will be a draw between all the families who have taken part as well as an overall Piercestown Fittest Family prize based on the performances in the optional and Team Leader challenges and points gained.
  • All photos and checklists to be sent to bmurphy@piercestownns.com to enter.
  • Keep an eye on the blog for Team Leader videos and other information relating to the activity.
  • Remember to stay active and stay safe.

Fitmas in Piercestown NS

Leading up to the Christmas break the pupils of Piercestown NS took part in the “12 Days of Fitmas.” Every morning before school began, the pupils accepted a new fitness exercise that they tackled with great spirit and energy each day. These active lines were done as a whole school event before finally on the last day we had a festive dance party to celebrate completing the challenge. Thank you to all the pupils who put in such effort to take part in all the activities.