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. We are working towards obtaining our first Active Flag for the school in the academic year 2020 / 2021 with the help of our dedicated Active Flag Team. Our Active Flag Team organise activities to encourage our school community to be more active, more often.
The Four Components of the Active Flag
We have been working hard on each of the four components of the Active Flag – Physical Education, Physical Activity, Partnerships and Active Schools Week. Please see below for a description on each.
PE (Physical Education) is part of our school curriculum. We have developed a school plan for PE, which outlines how and when we teach the six strands of the curriculum – Athletics, Aquatics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure. This has been updated to reflect the changes we have made in recent years as we focus on PE and Physical Activity in our school. Each class has two sessions of PE each week and we use lots of different resources and equipment to help deliver exciting and engaging lessons. These cover all six strands. We also have a range of online resources, including the PSSI lessons, that teachers can access for support.
We are extremely lucky to have a large open space as our playground, a basketball court and the use of the local community hall for PE activities. Inside the community hall we have access to a wide range of sports equipment from balls and bats to gymnastics equipment such as mats and benches. Our Active Flag Team take special care of the equipment ensuring it is put back safely after each PE session.
This year we used the Super Troopers Programme to give children opportunities to do physical activity as part of their homework. All classes had the notebooks and chose activities for homework on their PE days.
We encourage physical activity throughout the school day. Each class has two outdoor breaks in the playground every day.Children are encouraged to keep moving throughout the break – no sitting allowed! We play lots of different games at break from skipping to basketball and Piggy in the Middle!
Our Active Team speak to children in their classes and at assemblies to remind everyone how important it is to get lots of exercise and we find ways to take short activity breaks in class, by using online tools, like Go Noodle and Just Dance – which we love!
We get outside as much as we can, but on the occasional days when it is too wet, we do extra Go Noodle and Just Dance sessions and make sure we have lots of fun!
During our time spent at home because of Covid - 19 we did some Fun Tik - Toks and also made our very own obstacle courses! Have a look below at some pictures of these!
Get involved - Become a Flagmount National School Partner
If you are involved in a sports cub or are physical activity providers then we would be delighted to hear from you. We actively encourage the local community to come and visit our school. Give a taster session of your activity to the children. We like to include new activities each year. Previous activites that we really welcomed included GAA camogie, hurling and football coaches. This past year our Fourth and Fifth Class girls were involved in the Cumann na mBunscol Camogie Games of East Clare. The girls had some fantastic wins and most importantly a great time playing the sport they love so much. For Flagmount National School to become an active school – we really do need your help. So please volunteer your time to help us achieve this goal. If people in the community have ideas, can lend a helping hand or want to join our active schools committee then get in contact with the school.
Active HOME Week
(April 27th – May 3rd 2020)
National ‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place every April and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children.
This year, because of COVID-19, it was not possible for this to go ahead so families of our school were invited to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week‘ challenge instead.
The aim of this initiative was to motivate young people to keep active at home by trying out NEW activities, taking on CHALLENGES and having FUN with family activities.
To complete the challenge young people had to find four different ways of being active every day, making sure that this added up to 60 minutes, or more, of physical activity.
Families were encouraged to fill out their Active HOME Week Challenge Charts which documented the types of daily activities they completed.
Those who completed their charts in full were awarded Active HOME Week Certificates.
Our Virtual Sports Day June 22nd 2020
Obstacle Course Fun!
Tik Tok Dance Challenge!
Our Active Flag Notice Board
We recognise the importance of being active and how daily physical activity can help us mentally as well as physically. That is why we decided to create an Active Flag Noticeboard to promote physical activity in our school.