The pupils of Litle Angels School in Letterkenny starred in a video this week showcasing their dedication to the 10@10 Operation Transformation challenge.
Since January, the pupils have been out getting active every school day for 10 minutes at 10am, no matter the weather.
In this motivational video, they prove that no challenge is too big when completed with enthusiasm and teamwork.
These energetic pupils have clearly enjoyed taking part in the nationwide 10@10 challenge, which is being led on RTÉjr by presenters Micheál Ó Ciaraidh, from Letterkenny and Gráinne Bleasdale from Galway.
Little Angels teachers Mr. Fabisiak and Ms. Cassidy filmed their students during a week of activities to create this video, but this is just one of the many fitness lessons the children take on every day.
The pupils, aged from 3 to 18, have action packed school days with a 1K walk every day, along with weekly circuit classes at JT Physiotherapy, gym sessions at Aura Leisure Centre, swimming, horse riding, pilates and lots of time in the adventure playground beside the school.
This school welcomes children with special needs, including those with autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. With so many different abilities, exercise is a fun and varied way to learn and develop life skills, Ms Cassidy tells Donegal Daily.
“There is so much learning through people getting active. Through daily exercise, the pupils also learn healthy eating, hygiene and like skills.
” Kids travel from all over Donegal to attend Little Angels. It is important that we provide active movement at school, as a lot of the kids are tired by the end of the day after long bus journeys.
“Our parents are so happy that their kids are getting exercise during the day. They are so grateful for it, and the kids love it,” Ms Cassidy said.
There are five athletes at Little Angels participating in the Special Olympics this summer, competing as members of Team Ulster in games including hurdle step, ten pin bowling, dribbling and javelin throw.
The school works from the Special Olympics curriculum to get all pupils motivated and inspired to exercise. Active homework is promoted to get the whole family involved too.
The students have loved taking part in 10@10 this year, Ms Cassidy said, and while TV show is coming to close, the young athletes show no signs of stopping just yet.