Author: Pupils Drumraney School

What is the Fit4Class programme all about?

Fit4Class is a 10 week programme developed by Athletics Ireland to assist primary schools with the introduction of athletics to the school community. The programme focuses on the use of games to develop fitness while also enhancing agility, balance and co-ordination.  It encompasses all areas of the athletics strand in the P.E Curriculum using a fun, engaging and non-competitive approach.
Our students really enjoyed the wide range of activities included in the Fit4Class programme.
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What is the Super Troopers programme all about?


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The Super Troopers programme encourages children and their families to live happier and more active lifestyles. Through short burst, fun daily activities around physical activity, wellbeing and nutrition, this programme helps to promote healthy minds and bodies.

In consultation with teachers and a team of experts in the areas of psychology, nutrition, wellbeing and physical activity, Laya Healthcare has created this programme  to help encourage children and their families and teachers to get more active!
In the Family Zone section of the website, parents can find information on physical activity, nutrition and wellbeing and additional activities for kids of all ages which will keep busy and entertained all year long. The Teacher Zone suggests lots of fun activity ideas for the classroom and for homework.
We really enjoyed teaching our Super Troopers all about physical activity, nutrition and wellbeing and we’re really glad we participated in and completed this programme.
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What is the SuperValu Cooking All Stars Programme?

The SuperValu Cooking All Stars Programme was carefully designed by a panel of nutritionists, chefs and teachers to teach primary school children the crucial life skill of cooking to help ensure that the next generation will be healthier and more confident in the kitchen.

The Cooking All Stars programme comprises of four lessons about food and cooking and four corresponding practical cooking lessons for the children to enjoy. The lessons and activities relate to the ‘Food and Nutrition’ strand of the SPHE curriculum while also providing opportunities for cross-curricular learning in English, Maths, Geography and Science.
Prior to the programme being run in class, facilitators visited our school to run a workshop with the teachers. They also provided us with some of the basic cooking utensils, classroom activity sheets and a selection of recipes.
Drumraney N.S. has successfully completed the Cooking All-Stars programme and everyone enjoyed the practical cooking lessons. Why not try some of the Cooking All Stars recipes at home!
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A Visit from the Tooth Fairy

On Wednesday 19th December the Tooth Fairy visited our school. She told us all about how to take care of our teeth. Here are some of the interesting facts we learned.

  • Brush your teeth well twice a day – after breakfast and last thing before going to bed. Don’t have anything to eat or drink after you have cleaned your teeth before going to bed. Drinking water is ok.
  • Use fluoride  toothpaste. From 6 years of age you can use adult toothpaste, but make sure you spit it out when you have finished cleaning your teeth. Children under 6 need to use a special children’s toothpaste.
  • Gently and thoroughly brush each side of every tooth and the gums. It should take about 2 minutes. tooth fairy

 

What is a Health Promoting School?

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“A health promoting school is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working.”  (The World Health Organisation’s Global School Health Initiative)

In Ireland, the Health Promoting Schools Framework is underpinned by the Health Service Executive’s Strategic Framework for Health Promotion (2011) and is part of the Schools for Health in Europe Network. This strategy now comes under the title Schools for Health in Ireland.

With the HPS concept, ‘health’ refers to all aspects of health and well-being including physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual, and cognitive health. It is a whole-school approach involving students, parents, staff and the wider community.

Ms. Galvin was the Lead Coordinator of the programme and worked closely with the Schools Health Promotion Officer to assess the health needs of our school community and to begin the process of working towards better health for all who learn and work within the school setting. This is an ongoing process, with no single end-point to the HPS programme, which helps ensure that participating schools continue to reflect on, sustain, and build on earlier work in the area of health and well-being.

Our school is due to gain public recognition as a Health Promoting School for our involvement in the scheme and for our continuing commitment to the Health Promotion process.

What is an Active School Flag?

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The Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative, supported by Healthy Ireland, which aims to get more schools, more active, more often. The flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
Over the last few years, we have been working towards our ASF application by encouraging the whole school to get more active during the school day. As with anything we do here in Drumraney N.S., there has always been a great emphasis on fun and inclusion!
Our ASF application began with the process of self-evaluating our current provision across three areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. We joined forces with a number of sporting and fitness organisations in order to provide the children with plenty of opportunities to get involved in a wide range of physical activities during schooltime. We also organised an Active School Week with a full programme of events and activities.
We have little doubt but that we have successfully fulfilled all the criteria for the ASF so we look forward to being awarded with our very own Active School Flag before too long!

What is a Green-School?

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 is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. It is an award programme that invites participation from primary and secondary schools across the country. It is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce.
Green-Schools is a student-led programme that also requires involvement from the wider school community. It promotes long-term, whole-school action for the environment.
Schools that choose to participate in the programme begin working on the first theme: Litter and Waste. After working on this theme for a minimum of one full school year, schools can then apply for the Green Flag award which involves an assessment visit from a Green-Schools officer or an Environment Awareness Officer. The purpose of this visit is so that Green-Schools can see you have an active Green-Schools programme in operation.
Following the award of the first Green Flag, schools progress through each of the following themes:
Energy
Water
Travel
Biodiversity
Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste
Global Citizenship – Energy
Global Citizenship – Marine Environment
Schools must work on a new theme and submit a renewal application every two years. They must maintain their work on previous themes in addition to working on the new theme.
Drumraney N.S. has been awarded our 5th Green-Schools Flag for Biodiversity and we are currently working on the Global Citizen themes.

What is the Blue Star Programme?

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The Blue Star Programme is an education initiative for primary school students across Ireland. The idea of the Programme is simple: to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects the lives of Irish citizens among Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities.
Pupils of all ages, from primary schools all over Ireland, are challenged to get creative and think about Europe by carrying out projects in relation to four key elements: the history, geography, culture and creativity, and Institutions of the EU. Each participating school is required to carry out projects and tasks, incorporating elements that include information about:

  • The foundation and development of the European Union
  • The cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe
  • What the European Union does and how its work affects the lives of citizens

The Blue Star Programme aims to introduce participants (pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the EU; what it means and how it works. The Programme also aims to foster a strong sense of awareness of the EU among its participants that reaches far beyond the school walls and out into the wider community.
The Blue Star Programme has creativity at its core and its structure and project work encourage teachers and pupils from all corners of Ireland to ‘think outside the box’. The wider school community are also encouraged to get involved and contribute to the Programme.
This is our 6th year to be involved in the programme and we plan to continue our work on this area well into the future.