Active School Newsletter 2014/2015



John McDonald is in charge of the two year Active School Flag Programme. To achieve the Active School Flag we as a school community must have an educated and physically active school. We must learn about and take part in lots of different sporting activities during school and after school. An Active School Committee was established in November 2013. Mr. McDonald is the Co-Ordinator assisted by his class and Mr. Wallace. Scoil Chroí Naofa is a very active school already. We take part in lots of different sporting activities but we need to get every child in school to become more active inside and outside the classroom.  We are having an Active School Week this week.  Our 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.


The following is a list of various activities that will take place during our Active School Week. Children may come to school in their track suits and runners. Children are encouraged to be active in their travel as they walk to school. There will be a wide variety of fun activities on offer every day for the different classes. Each morning will commence with a wake up shake up morning assembly presented by the Active School Committee. They will demonstrate and encourage the whole school to participate in some fun exercises, yoga, dancing and action songs. They will assign some exercises as active homework. The teachers have organised a variety of activities to mark this fun week, e.g. sports day on Tuesday in Kenny Park, disco, hulahoopathon, skipathon, runathon, jogathon,  bizzybreak activities, active homework, teddy bears picnic, active travel, drop everything and dance/jog/think,  mexican wave, penalty pandemonium against the principal/teacher, basketball knockout, samba with Edivania de Melo Brito and her sister, zumba with Sharon Higgins,  fun & fitness activities with Hugh (from the Maldron Hotel in Oranmore) etc.  The following are 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. Active Awards will be presented to children who make a special effort in being extra active on Friday.


 The Green School Committee wish to remind parents & children that our next Park & Stride Day  will take place tomorrow, Wednesday  June 17th from the car park beside Kenny Park at 8.50am. Children, staff & parents are invited to take part in this special Summer Walk (walk a mile with a smile). Children will wear their high-visibility vests or armbands. Staff will be present at the venue from 8.30am. If for any reason you cannot drop off your child at Kenny Park, the doors of the school will be open at the normal time.


The Healthy School Committee have done major research on the amount of sugar in different juices. They have 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


Children are encouraged to drink water in preference to juices especially during Active School Week.


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