Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education initiative supported by Healthy Ireland, and part of the National Physical Activity Plan.
The ASF initiative provides schools with a framework to guide, support and incentivise them to work towards achieving a physically educated and physically active school community.
The Active Flag is awarded by reaching criteria in the areas of Physical Activity, Physical Education, Partnerships, Active School Week. Once awarded, ASF remains valid for a period of 3 years, after which time schools are invited to re-engage with the process.
In 2023, after lots of hard work from the whole school, the school was awarded its first Active Flag. We are delighted with this achievement. Read below to see how we achieved the flag.
Each child in the school receives a minimum of 60 minutes of PE each week. This is normally split between two 30 minute slots over the course of each week. Class teachers collaborate together to ensure at least 5 of the 6 PE strands are taught each year.
The strands of the PE curriculum are:
- Outdoor and Adventure
The PE curriculum can be accessed on this link
Priority Strand – Dance
As part of the Active School initiative, the staff decided to prioritise the dance strand for the duration of the year. It was decided that dance would be incorporated into as many whole-school events as possible. It was also decided that traditional Irish dances would be taught in the lead up to Seachtain na Gaeilge. This can be seen in the ‘Physical Activity’ section.
Water Safety Ireland’s Land PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) outlines the essential life-saving guidelines that every child needs to know.
Our 3rd class teachers trialed this programme with their classes. They thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the school will look at implementing it further across the school next year.
PE Equipment Room
Members of the committee came together with Ms. Quigley to do an audit of the equipment in our PE equipment room. Old and damaged equipment was thrown out. Balls were pumped and equipment was labeled. It gave us an opportunity to see what equipment was needed which was bought.