The Big Sports Quiz 2017 – Read and be active!

Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on April 11, 2017.

How can children read and be active at the same time?  Fingal Country Council’s Sports Office and Fingal Libraries annual Big Sports Quiz aims not only to improve children’s literacy but also encourages them to be physically active. This year, children from 3rd and 4th classes in Burrow NS, Sutton, and St. Fintan’s NS, Sutton, […]

How can children read and be active at the same time?  Fingal Country Council’s Sports Office and Fingal Libraries annual Big Sports Quiz aims not only to improve children’s literacy but also encourages them to be physically active. This year, children from 3rd and 4th classes in Burrow NS, Sutton, and St. Fintan’s NS, Sutton, participated in the 7- week programme that combines sports and reading. This involved reading two sports-related books and doing 45 minutes of physical activity through Fingal’s ‘Sports Conditioning’ programme every week. According to teachers, their students won’t take their heads out of the books these days except when it’s time to go to ‘Sports Conditioning’- not too much time for computer games then!

Mid- way through the programme, Rod Smith, author of ‘Get out and Play GAA’, and Alan Nolan, author of ‘Fintan’s Fifteen’, visited the two schools where they entertained the children with storytelling and illustrations. At the end of the 7 week period, the two schools took part in the Big Sports Quiz in St. Fintan’s P.E hall where they answered questions on the two sports books and as well as Fingal’s ‘Sporting Facts’ workbook, which looks at the physical, social and mental benefits of sport. The quizmaster on the day was none other than author of ‘Get out and Play GAA’ Rod Smith.

Students displayed an impressive knowledge of the book and of terms such as dehydration and macro nutrients, as the answers to the quiz questions testify. Teams were made up of students from both schools, giving children the chance to make new friends. As well as the competitive element of the quiz itself, spot prizes added to the excitement of the event. A spot prize was given for the best team name. Children displayed great imagination coming up with team names such as ‘Squidgers 6’, ‘Marshmallow Unicorns’ and Finturrows (an amalgamation of Burrow and St. Fintan’s). Prize for the best team name went to the Hooligans Iggle Piggle Team.  Rod Smith entertained the assembled children with a funny story- game where each team added the next line of the story.  It wasn’t long before students had spun a fantastic tale involving dangerous ducks, the cookie monster bringing world peace, unicorns coming back to life, Donald Trump and the Whitehouse turning orange. Signed copies of books from Rod’s Get Out and Play series and his series of books for children on the figures of the 1916 Rising were also given out as spot prizes.

Of course every quiz must have a winner and the Marshmallow Unicorns’ team took first place for their knowledge of all things sports- related. Cllr. Howard Mahony presented every child who took part with a certificate, medal and wristband. Children from the two schools will visit Baldoyle library for a special tour in the next few weeks.  Fingal Libraries would like to thank the Fingal Sports Office, authors Rod Smith and Alan Nolan, the teachers of St. Fintan’s National School and Burrow National School, Cllr. Howard Mahony and most of all the St. Fintan’s and Burrow students themselves for making this year’s Big Sports Quiz a great success. We look forward to the next one!

By Orla Drohan, Fingal Libraries & Owen McGrath, Sports Conditioning Officer, Fingal Sports Department