The results of the Irish Life Health School's Fitness Challenge 2018 have revealed that St. Mary's is the fittest girls secondary school in Ireland. Well done to all the first, second and fifth years who participated. St. Mary's second years were awarded second place in the competition and the Leaving Certificate 5th year P.E. class was named the national winner. Congratulations to the PE Department on such an achievement.
Over 10,000 students in total took part. This national health initiative is designed to assess and improve fitness levels among secondary students in Ireland with the aim of improving overall health and it also recognises the fittest and most improved schools across Ireland. The programme is overseen by Prof. Niall Moyna in the Center of Preventive Medicine, Dublin City University.
Now in it's eight year, over 200,000 students have participated in the Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge making it the largest national multi-year surveillance study on the fitness of secondary school children in Ireland. A full list of the 2018 results can be found here