We are on a mission to earn an Active School flag. We have been working hard this year and last year and have had lots of fun along the way! The Active school Flag Initiative is a Department of Education and Skills Initiative (DES) supported by Healthy Ireland, which aims to get schools more active, more often. ASF schools promote inclusive physical activity throughout the school day and work in partnerships with others to promote a physically active school community. The ASF is accredited to schools who strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
There is a representative from each class from 2nd to fifth class on our Active School committee. There are two representatives from each of the Sixth classes. The girls had to outline their strengths to their classmates before they were elected onto the Active Schools Committee. There are also four teachers involved in the Active School’s committee.
The committee meets regularly and decides on how best to promote physical activity in the school. They also lead the school in activities. The committee decides what needs to be done and who is going to do it. They update the active schools board and check the suggestion box regularly. They do a great job encouraging and motivating the whole school community!
We had a school wide slogan/poster competition at the beginning of the year. There were amazing entries from all classes and age groups. Our winning slogan is catchy though! Check it out below!
The Active School Flag Programme has helped us to focus more on our provision of physical education in the school. Teachers use the PE curriculum, PSSI lesson plans and the Move Well, Move Often Resources in their planning for physical education lessons.
All classes are taught 5 different PE strands each year: Athletics, Aquatics*(Water Safety, , Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure. Each of our seventeen classes receives at least an hour per week of physical education. Children make use of both the Halla and the school yard (weather permitting!).
Our school loves to stay very active!! Here are some physical activities that we participate in:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays we have walk and talk day where we encourage all pupils to be active on yard. When it is raining each class does a wet day activity and we record these in class. We are currently taking part in the ‘Run Around Europe’ challenge and the girls are becoming very fit from this!
Last year we completed the ‘Marathon Challenge’
Here are some other activities we have participated in to stay active
- Busy Breaks
- Active Walk Way
- Active Yard
- Fit Fridays/Get up and Move
- Sponsored Walk
- Well Being Week
- Whole School Yoga
- Santa Dance
- Visits from Inspirational Sports Stars
Partnerships within and outside the school are an important aspect of the Active School Flag. When a school participates in the Active School Flag Programme it is vital to interact and engage with other organisations and clubs.
We are very fortunate to have had a variety of partnerships during our Active Flag mission.
We have an extremely supportive and ongoing partnership with Na Fianna GAA. Girls from all classes enjoy GAA coaching sessions with Mark!
Derek Ahern is our local Sports Officer for North Dublin and he has organised tag rugby coaching sessions for 5th and 6th classes.
We have a very active school community our girls take part in a range of activities outside of school.
We have had a number of outside coaches who work with the staff to provide training to the staff including Tolka Basketball, Na Fianna GAA and Hockey Ireland. Several of the parents have helped out with our active schools weeks. We have had tremendous support from the local GAA club na Fianna.
Last year’s Active Schools Week took place in June 2018, we had a jam-packed week filled with lots of fun activities! Check out the pictures below!
This year’s Active Schools Week takes place from Monday 17th to Friday 21st June! We are looking forward to getting the whole school community involved!
Active School Gallery