Active School Flag
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- To make sure we have fun while getting more active. It’s much easier to be active if you’re having fun doing it
Mr McDonald is the Active Schools Co-Ordinator in SCN and works alongside his class who are the Active Committee to ensure that the staff and pupils of our school are active throughout the school year in a fun and exciting
Active School Committee 2018-2019
European Week of Sport – Tour of Europe Challenge
Scoil Chroí Naofa’s Active School Committee led the school in taking part in the European Week of Sport from 22nd-30th September 2018. Throughout the week all classes took part in the Tour of Europe Challenge. The Tour of Europe Challenge was a run challenge where each class would run as many laps of the top or bottom yard as possible. One lap was counted as one kilometre. Each classes goal was to reach as many landmarks throughout Europe as possible i.e. Dublin – The Spire, London – Big Ben, Paris – Eiffel Tower. Each classes total for each day was recorded by the Active School Committee and their position was recorded on the Tour of Europe Challenge map which is displayed in the school hall.
Each class passed through many European cities and landmarks. In total, Scoil Chroí Naofa ran and walked over 9,000km. The challenge was a great success and The Active School Committee would like to thank everyone who took part. Here’s looking forward to the next challenge in September 2019!
National Fitness Day 27th September 2018
The Active School Committee took part in the National Fitness Day on the 27th September. As part of National Fitness Day, the Active School Committee organised the Take on the Teachers Challenge. The Challenge consisted of a number of circuits and relays. Three very willing teacher’s, Ms. Tyrell, Ms. Moloney and Mr Byrne, took part. The teachers came out on top but they were made to work all the way by the pupils.
Super Troopers November 2018
The Active School Committee launched our schools participation in Super Troopers in November. Super Troopers is an Activity based programme that is done as part of each child’s homework. Each child in the school was given a Super Troopers manual along with a wall chart. The manual has a range of activities that must be completed each week day. There is also a weekend activity. Along with these activities there are a range healthy eating recipes as well as mindfulness activities. This is Scoil Chroi Naofa’s fifth year to take part in Supper Troopers and its proving to be a big success.
Active School Committee 2017 – 2018
Programme of Work 2017-2018
Active School Week June 19th – 22nd 2018
Mc Donald assisted by Mrs. Greally and his class (the Active School Committee) kicked off ASW on June 19th with a Monster Walk to School from Kenny Park.
The children came to school in their tracksuits every day and were encourage to be active on their way to and from school.
The emphasis this year was on walking correctly (moving well & moving often). The Active School Committee gave and modelled walking tips for us all. See www.scoilnet.ie/pdst/physlit/fms-activities/walking/for more details. The following is a summary of the key points in relation to walking well:
- Maintain good posture,with body straight, walk tall, head in line with the spine and looking forward.
- Swing arms in a small natural arc in opposition to the feet.
- Step with toes facing forward.
- When planting the foot use a heel-to-toe action
- Knees should bend slightly when the foot makes contact with the ground
Mr Mc Donald, the Active Schools Co-Ordinator, spoke to us at assembly about how to walk properly…
We had a ‘Wake up, Shake Up’ session with the Active Committee at assembly every morning of Active Schools Week. They demonstrated and encouraged the whole school to participate in some fun exercises, dancing and action songs. They assigned some Super Trouper exercises as active homework.
Each class and all the staff participated in the daily mile (1.6km) each day for 15 mins. Daily mile (1.6km) activity is defined as a moving activity i.e. walking, jogging, skipping, running etc around a circuit e.g. the footprints in the bottom yard, the edge of the top yard or around the basket ball court.
We drank oceans of water, as recommended and monitored by the Health Promoting Committee.
Kim Somers ( Chloe’s Mum) provided Ultraflex Dance Classes to the Children
We headed down to Kenny Park for a fantastic, action packed Sports Day in the sun organised by the Student Council on Wednesday the 21st. Our local Special Olympic Athletes joined us for some sporting activities and pupils received a hot dog/burger very kindly sponsored by Brady’s (Tom’s Dad).
A “SuperHero Training Workshop” was provided for Junior and Senior Infants by Laurie, courtesy of the Parents’Council.
Here are some more things we did…
- The teachers organised a variety of activities , e.g. football leagues, hulahoopathon, skipathon, runathon, jogathon, bizzybreak activities, basketball knockout, teddy bears picnic to the park, summer trails, class disco, drop everything and dance/jog/stretch etc.
- Some classes completed a daily Active School Journal and designed a jersey for ASW.
- Staff had meetings on the move, doing their talking while they are walking!!
- Teachers made optimum use of all recent equipment purchased over the last year e.g. volleyball net, badminton sets, bow & arrow sets.
- Active Awards were presented to children who make a special effort in being extra active.
Run Around Europe in September
Mr McDonald and the Active Committee kicked off their active agenda on Monday, September the 25th by getting all of us in SCN involved in celebrating European Week of Sport. The aim of this Active Week is to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. Everyone regardless of age is encouraged to Get Up, Get Out and Get Active.
Mr McDonald and the Active School committee organised some great fun activities during European Week of Sport to get us up on our feet and running around Europe!! Firstly, we took part in A Run Around Europe Challenge.
Each class was invited to participate in a daily km activity for 15 minutes. Daily km activity is defined as a moving activity i.e.: walking, jogging, skipping, running etc for 15 minutes each day around the school yard. All the children logged the number of laps of the yard they completed each day and a running total was kept for each class. A Challenge Chart erected in the school hall showed each class how far they had ran in attempting to reach the different capital cities of Europe. In this way as the children ran, they were having fun learning about the capital cities of Europe!! In total and over the course of the week, we collectively ran 85 km. Here is a breakdown of that number:
Total laps (of the school yard) run by school: 20,959
Avg laps per child for week: 56
Avg laps per day per child: 11
Friday was National Fitness Day for everybody and the staff and pupils were encouraged to come to school in their tracksuits. On this day some of the teachers and pupils participated in the “Taking on the Teacher Challenge’ which took place first thing in the morning at assembly. Ms Tyrrell, Mr Carey and Mr Byrne took on Kayla, Abigail and Leonore from Sixth Class in three physical challenges. In the battle of burpees, tennis and doubles skipping………our teachers held their own against the SCN pupils holding them to a draw after what was regarded as a close and tense contest of physical prowess!!! There was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall that morning and greta fun was had by all.