THE pupils of St Joseph’s NS in Hacketstown were certainly a busy bunch of children when they took part in an entire array of activities during wellness week just before they broke up for their summer holidays.

The energic crew were non-stop with activities such as tribal art, archaeology in the form of a dinosaur dig, archery, a visit from the reptile zoo, face painting, a sports and jersey day, a visit to the local community garden, a visit to the local playground, and for older pupils, a hike to Eagle Hill, which looms over the town.

When they weren’t flat out doing strenuous activities and going on adventures, every day included mindfulness moments, fitness fun and generally creating positive vibes all round.

Special visitors included members of the local fire and rescue service, Tony Tallon and Geraldine Byrne.

Pupils learned about fire safety, were allowed to wear the fire gear, get into the fire engine and even spray the hose!

Another visitor was Sergeant Conor Egan, who taught the youngsters about road safety and about his job. The children were thrilled when they were allowed to try on handcuffs! Children also received fire safety and garda packs.

The children also had their faces painted and were very excited when the ice-cream van arrived for the school sports day. The week ended with an extra special, whole-school performance of the ‘wellbeing dance’. Pupils from junior infants to sixth class had been practicing the dance with Ms Louise for weeks and finally got to perform it in the sunshine for their parents. It was a very special and beneficial week for everyone involved.

By Elizabeth Lee