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Active Schools


Welcome to Holy Family Girls National School Active Schools Blog. The aim of this blog is to keep you up to date with all things active in our school. We have many fun and exciting activities taking place. Our aim is to stay active, healthy and have fun. Remember ‘being active doesn’t have to involve sport’


We are having great fun on Mondays with our basketball coaching. 3rd to 6th class are learning some fantastic basketball skills with Mr. Connolly. Some of our 6th class girls cannot get enough basketball during the school day- they stay on for another coaching session after school. Well done girls you are all doing great.


Rooms 7 and 8 have kicked off our swimming lessons for this school year. This is a new addition to the curriculum for the second class girls and they are thoroughly enjoying their lessons. 3rd, 4th and 5th classes are waiting patiently for their upcoming lessons. We know you will enjoy the lessons just as much as the girls are at the moment.


All our aspiring dancers are back in full swing. Whether it is a traditional Irish dance with Ms. Coakley or an upbeat hip hop move with Mrs. Tyndall- we cater for all. Dance is a great way for the girls to keep active and we are all looking forward to their wonderful performances later on in the year.

Spike Ball

6th classes have been very lucky to have taken part in spike ball coaching in school. Some very talented girls from St. Leos College Carlow have been coaching the girls. As you can see from the photographs the girls are enjoying this immensely. Well done to all involved.


The girls in 1st and 2nd class are having a great time practising their camogie skills on Fridays with Leo McGough. It is a fun and enjoyable way for the girls to get up and get active.

Halloween Fun Walk

All the ghosts, ghouls, goblins and witches were out in full force for our Halloween fun walk. Holy Family GNS was a very scary place to be. The girls and staff had a fantastic fun walk in their costumes. There were many spooky monsters roaming the streets of Askea that day. Our Halloween fun walk is an annual event and it is a great success every year.

Junior Infant Autumn Walk

Our Junior Infants had great fun on our recent autumn walk. The girls had great fun searching for hedgehogs and their hoglets. They spotted many autumnal colours and enjoyed playing in the autumn leaves.

Run from Askea to the North Pole 

It is hard to believe Christmas is fast approaching, with this in mind we have decided to get up and get active by challenging ourselves to run the distance between Askea and the North Pole. We aim to reach the North Pole before our Christmas Holidays. All staff and students are looking forward to the challenge. We know that all the fun, festivity and Christmas cheer that is a huge part of our school community will spur us on to reach our goal. Please keep an eye on our blog for updates on how we are getting on.