News from Scoil Muire agus Pádraig Swinford, Co. Mayo

Scoil Muire agus Pádraig Swinford, Co. Mayo have very kindly shared the following news items with CEIST.

Pioneer Gradam Award at Scoil Muire agus Pádraig Swinford

Interviews were held in Scoil Muire agus Pádraig on Friday February 22nd last in order to judge whether the school’s Pioneer Council will win its 10th Gradam Award in a row.

Gradam is an annual award that over fifty Pioneer Centres and schools the length and breadth of the country strive to attain in categories such as the schools’ performance annually in recruitment/membership, spiritual and liturgical participation, leisure activities, fundraising and involvement in local community and parish.

Scoil Muire agus Pádraig Swinford and St Peter’s High School Newry Co. Down are currently the only schools to compete for this prestigious award.

Scoil Muire agus Pádraig students Shane Fallon, Amy Brett, Katie Sheridan and Katie McGann ( Ryan Convey missing from photo) pictured below with Pioneer Gradam Visitation Assessors Tommy Marren( Connacht and National Council), Robert Shannon (President) and Mary Brady( Secretary) on their recent visit to the school.

Operation Transformation at Scoil Muire agus Pádraig Swinford

For the second successive year all First Years at Scoil Muire agus Pádraig Swinford are taking part in a fitness challenge in association with Operation Transformation and Aviva Healthcare.

This is a competition for second level schools all over Ireland which aims to increase students’ fitness levels.

First Years have already completed stage one of the challenge- the bleep test- which tests existing fitness levels.

Then students are divided into groups depending on their levels of fitness and with the help of Transition Year students they are presently undergoing an exercise programme aimed at increasing their fitness.

After eight weeks students will re-take the bleep test to monitor their improvement and the school with the greatest level of overall improvement will receive prizes from Aviva Healthcare.