Sport has always been part of the fabric that makes up Bawnmore National School. Forming healthy practices and having fun are at the forefront of every sporting activity undertaken. It is always our aim to provide pupils with a variety of sporting experiences during their time at Bawnmore National School.
We have taken part in many Touch Rugby competitions coordinated by Connacht Rugby and the F.A.I. Primary Schools Futsal and Five-a-side competitions have always attracted great interest.
Gymnastics and dance lessons are taught by trained professionals each year. These lessons provide a gateway for many pupils who choose to pursue these skillful activities further with gymnastic and dance clubs. Both Irish dancing and contemporary hip hop dancing are enjoyed by our pupils. These skills are put to good use in the Christmas concert each year!
All pupils receive swimming lessons in Third Class and Fifth Class.
Athletics is very popular with our pupils. Each year Bawnmore is well-represented in the County Sports competition. We have been very lucky to receive great support and coaching from parents over the years. A number of former pupils have helped with athletics coaching too. Our pupils respond so well to former pupils who come to impart their knowledge and tips.
Our school is always open to new sports activities.
Recent years have seen pupils experience Tug of War, Ultimate Frisbee and skipping workshops.
Gaelic Games are an integral part of the make-up of the Bawnmore community. Hurling, Camogie, boys football and girls football are very strong in the locality.
The school is fortunate to have pupils who play with Claregalway G.A.A., Annaghdown G.A.A., Carnmore Hurling Club and Turloughmore Hurling Club. These local clubs have always been very supportive towards Bawnmore N.S. and its games development practices and have provided resources and coaching for the school teams.
Teachers within the school take coaching sessions with the pupils. The emphasis is always on enjoyment and progression. From movement and motor skills development right through to executing kicking/striking and catching skills in games, pupils are always encouraged to try their best.
Supplementary coaching is provided by Galway G.A.A., coaches from the Rural Social Scheme and coaches from the local clubs.
In-school blitzes provide opportunities for the pupils from First Class and Second Class to play games. Inter-school blitzes allow the pupils of Third Class and Fourth Class to experience competition against other schools.
Many former Bawnmore pupils have gone on to represent Galway at different levels. We do our best to support them by making posters with the pupils, putting up signs and sending out messages of support through our social media platforms. It is always a special occasion when former pupils return to Bawnmore to speak to the pupils about their sporting experiences.
Bawnmore is a musical school. Music and song play important roles in everyday teaching and learning in the school.
All types of music are celebrated in Bawnmore but Traditional Irish music holds a special place in the heart of the school. We are very lucky to have support from a number of music teachers who give lessons at the school. All pupils from First Class up are given tin whistle lessons. Over the years, demand has led to lessons in accordion, concertina, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harp being arranged at the school. These lessons are delivered by accomplished musicians from local music groups including the Lackagh Comhaltas which has been very supportive of musical development in Bawnmore National School.
Through the musical instrument rental scheme, pupils are given the chance to try a new instrument before deciding if they would like to invest in an instrument of their own.
Technology is a very important part of life in Bawnmore. All students are exposed to different levels of technology ranging from iPads to Laptops. This year, 6th class really enjoyed their coding sessions and produced excellent games using Scratch.
In addition, we also learn how to use the internet safely and make presentations on Word.