Active School Committee


Super Trouper Safari

Early in March the Active School Committee (2nd class) went on a Super Trouper Safari to Supervalu in Loughrea.   There we met a dietitian and got to taste food from the Bakery, Meat, Dairy and Fruit and Vegetables sections.

Ultra Flex

The whole school had a wonderful opportunity  to take part in a dance workshop with Kim from Ultra Flex. We all enjoyed learning the moves and singing along to the beautiful soundtracks! Here are some photos of the workshop that 4th class took part in.

1st Class has been doing lots of sport lately, including hurling, football, soccer and rugby. Our motto is “Be active, keep active, stay active!”


  • We have been awarded the Active School Flag, because we have become a physically educated active school as a result of participating in the Active School Programme. Mr. McDonald is the Co-ordinator of the programme assisted by Mr. Wallace and his second class are the Active School Committee. According to research children between  5 – 12 years of age need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every day. Children should reduce the amount of time spent on watching TV, using video, computer games and phones.
  • Scoil Chroí Naofa has become a very active school. We take part in many different activities and programmes.  We encourage every child to be active at home, at school and at play and to have fun while doing so. Our Active School slogan is Be active! Keep active! Stay active!
  • The Active School flag committee has 3 aims:
  1. To make sure that everybody takes part in some kind of activity during or after school, e.g. walking, cycling, swimming, running or just playing.
  2. To help children to be more active inside and outside of school. It is recommended that children have at least 60 minutes of activity every day.
  3. To make sure we have fun while getting more active. It’s much easier to be active if you’re having fun doing it.

Our Active School Award Ceremony was celebrated in February.

The following was the itinerary for the day:

  • The children wore tracksuits coming to school.
  • Green School Committee organised a Monster Walk from Kenny Park weather permitting.
  • At 11am there was a special assembly led by Mr. McDonald and the Active School Committee. Children had an opportunity to see our flag and celebrate our achievement.
  • A number of celebrities were invited to mark this occasion, e.g. Representatives from the Camogie Club, Galway GAA Coaching Committee, FAI, Athenry Athletics, Rugby, Zumba, Past Pupils and Teachers. Board of Management and Parents Council were also invited.
  • Sharon Higgins very kindly provided Zumba Workshop for all the children.
  • Children concluded the school day with a menu of activities that were recommended during our Active School Week.

The following is a list of various activities that took place during our Active School Weeks in June.

  1. Children came to school in their track suits and runners. Children were encouraged to be active in their travel as they walk to school.
  2. There were a wide variety of fun activities on offer every day for the different classes.  Each morning commenced with a wake up shake up morning assembly presented by the Active School Committee. They demonstrated and encouraged the whole school to participate in some fun exercises, yoga, dancing and action songs.
  3. The teachers organised a variety of activities to mark this fun week, e.g., disco, hulahoopathon, skipathon, runathon, jogathon,  bizzybreak activities, active homework, teddy bears picnic, active travel (park & stride from Kenny Park), active tours, drop everything and dance/jog/think,  Mexican Wave, penalty pandemonium against the principal/teacher, basketball knockout, sports day  in Kenny Park (numerous stations are set up on the pitch), Samba with Edivania de Melo Brito and her sister, Zumba with Sharon Higgins,  fun & fitness activities with Hugh &Aoife (from Club Vitae in the Maldron Hotel  Oranmore) circuit training with Geoffery Sheridan (Training Ground, Barna), active homework, teddy bears picnic, walk a mile with a smile, fun & fitness activities (District Health & Fitness Gym)
  4. The following were some ideas in supporting  children to be active at home: walk, run, jog, skip, cycle, dance, swim, trampoline, walk or play with the dog, play tag, hide and seek,  football/soccer, do active chores e.g. plant/weed garden, tidy bedroom, walk to the shop/church/park/library etc.
  5. Active Awards were presented to children who made a special effort in being extra active during the week.
  6. Children were encouraged to drink water in preference to juices during this week.
  7. The Healthy School Committee under the guidance of Mrs. Hennessey and her class carried out a daily survey on the number of children in each class who drank water each day during Active School Week. An award was given to the class who drank the most water. The Committee also did major research on the amount of sugar in different juices. They displayed their findings on a noticeboard in the hall. The following are some of many interesting facts about their study:
  • Capri Sun contains 5 teaspoons of sugar
  • A small bottle of club lemon contains 15 teaspoons of sugar
  • A small bottle of Coca cola has 13 teaspoons of sugar
  • Water has no sugar