We are delighted that we have been awarded our Active Flag!
We raised our flag during our active week.
We had a lot of fun during Active Week this year. On Monday, we had a gymnastic workshop with Mark. On Tuesday, there was an orienteering course set up. Wednesday, there were a variety of co-operative games to play. On Thursday, we played ‘throlf’, this is throwing golf! We had to throw quoits into the marked hoop. On Friday, it was our fun day. There were lots of stations with different activities. We also had our Daily Mile event, Junior Infants – 2nd Class completed their mile in the playground, while 3rd – 6th Class went to The Res. It was great fun!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out!
What is an Active School Flag?
The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often.
To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website http://www.activeschoolflag.ie
It is important to remember that ALL CHILDREN NEED 60 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERY DAY.
Physical Education Programme
The Physical Education curriculum allows for an hour of timetabled physical education each week for each class. Pupils take part in lessons that cover all strands of the curriculum – athletics, dance, games, gymnastics and outdoor and adventure activities. All classes complete the Land PAWS water safety lessons.
We are always looking to improve our P.E. and this year, we have identified the outdoor and adventure strand as our area to focus on. Within this strand, there are four strand units:
- outdoor challenges
- understanding and appreciation of outdoor and adventure activities.
As teachers, we regularly share ideas. We have a dedicated area in the staffroom for PE resources. We have organised our orienteering resources and have updated them. We have decided that we will incorporate a day of outdoor challenges during our Active Week. We recently installed our new Active Walkway which we are enjoying. In May, we had a whole school walk in Killiney Hill.
Physical Activity Initiatives
In addition to the PE lessons, there are many fun activities to stay active throughout the day.
- We take regular movement breaks including 10@10, GoNoodle or Bizzy Breaks. These breaks help pupils focus, increase their productivity, and reduce their stress.
We have a playground game of the month. At the moment, it is Four Square which is very popular!
- We encourage children to ‘do your talking while you’re walking’ at break and lunch times.
- We had a whole school céilí during Seachtain na Gaeilge.
As a whole school we completed the ‘Climb the Heights’ skipping challenge. We had to work together and climb the highest peaks in Europe
We had a gymnastics workshop for the whole school.
In May, we had a whole school walk in Killiney Hill. It was lots of fun and we all enjoyed it!
We have our new Active Walkway around the school grounds.
Each class are running a mile a day. We measured the playground and it means that we have to run 13 laps to run a full mile (without cutting corners!) It is a lot of running but already it is getting a little easier… we will have a celebration during Active Week.
We have good partnerships with local sports clubs.
We are very lucky that Ken from Cuala GAA has come again this year to teach us some new skills.
Our active committee is made up of pupil volunteers. We meet regularly to discuss new ideas and see how we can be more active. Our committee members are Molly, Johnny, Hannah, Luke, Ian and Leah.
We keep our Active Schools notice board up to date with information.
We thought of lots of great slogans to remind us to stay active. The committee decided on the slogan ‘Be Active, Be Healthy’ for our school.
What club are you in?
Ian and Leah completed the survey to see what clubs we belong to. There is a lot of variety!
Active Week is lots of fun. It is always a really enjoyable week for everybody. We are already looking forward to the week!
The date for Active Week this year is 10th – 14th June 2019.
We have a special wall in our school that celebrates all of our active achievements both in school and out. Be sure to check it out next time you’re walking past. Anyone can bring in a photograph to be added to the wall, just give it to your class teacher and it will be passed on to the active committee.