Active School Flag
Hooray!! We did it! Following on from a very sporty and active year, we have achieved our first ever ACTIVE SCHOOL FLAG! This is an amazing achievement for our school and great national recognition for the fantastic work done here! Below, you will find details of our original plan!
This year we are starting the process of trying to obtain our first ‘Active School Flag’. Along with our Active School Committee we will be looking for new ways/ideas to encourage the children to engage in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. At the moment there are various activities and events for the children to participate in which we will be hoping to expand upon throughout the coming year. During this time, the whole school community will be invited to get involved and become active and fitter in the process.
What is an Active School?
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.
Active School Week.
As part of the active school process we are committed to organising an “Active School Week” later in the school year. Active School Week (ASW) is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community. It is also a great way to make students and their families more aware of the physical activity opportunities available to them in their local communities.
Being an active school involves the whole school/local community. If you or any organisation/team/club etc… feel as though you would like to get involved or help out in anyway please do not hesitate to contact the school office or Mr Quinn. We look forward to hearing from you. For further information you can visit: www.activeschoolflag.ie
Click here to check out the Active School Slideshow!
Physical Education plays a central role in the education of the child in the primary school. Each year pupils are taught the six different strands of the Physical Education Curriculum.
Outdoor and Adventure activities
Pupils are encouraged to participate in physical activity daily throughout the school day and at home to achieve their 60 minutes of physical activity. Children are encouraged to remain active at break times by participating in various different playground games and the successful “Do your talking while you’re walking” initiative. On wet days pupils engage in Bizzy Breaks and Go Noodle dance breaks in their classrooms organised by their class teachers. Some of the other initiatives to encourage physical activity include weekly school walks, daily running, after school yoga classes, active travel week, active school week, National Fitness Day, Super Troopers active homework, school hurling, football & soccer teams, dancing etc.
Our school has many partnerships which have proved successful in promoting physical activity in school. Our school has strong links with the local GAA, soccer and athletics clubs. The Kilkenny County Board through their Games Development Officers visit the school to provide coaching in camogie, hurling and gaelic football.
The school participates in GAA and soccer competitions, coaches from our local GAA club provide coaching sessions for the pupils throughout the year.
We also work with Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership who have helped us with active travel week and provided cycle training to the school.
Active School Week
Active School Week is becoming part of our annual school calendar. The ASW initiative is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community.
It allows schools to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it also very enjoyable.
It provides schools with an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the physical activity opportunities that are available in their locality and to work collaboratively with students, parents and members of the community.
We enjoyed a variety of activities throughout the week including dancing, circuits, athletics, movement skills, class leagues, beep tests, teacher vs student games and much much more.
Check out some photos below, which show our Active Schools committee, and then examples of our 10@10, Active Breaks. Athletics with International Athletes David McCarthy & Niall Tuohy, Basketball Blitz, Benchball Blitz, Fundamental Movement Skills with Pat Power, our School Walk, Soccer Team, Teachers v's Students Dodgeball, Under-11 Hurling County Final, Wake Up-Shake Up Morning Circuits, Warm Up and Cool Down Activities.