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!
The kids were very excited to meet Gráinne Walsh today. Gráinne, a boxer and European Bronze Medallist from Offaly, is one of the ambassadors of The Dare to Believe Olympic Schools Programme. This programme aims to promote the benefits and wider values of sport to children by some of Ireland’s best known and most accomplished athletes. The children engaged in a variety of fun and interactive activities based on the following five themes or ‘rings’:
– Olympism and Paralympism,
– Healthy Mind and Body,
– Joy of Effort and Courage,
– Respect, Responsibility and Equality and
– Striving for Excellence.
Gráinne told the children all about her journey in sport and what it takes and what it’s like to be a high-performance athlete.
Thank you to Fit Squad for the intensive workout today and for the key-rings and fresh bananas we were given afterwards. We can’t wait to see how many of you try out the Banana & Strawberry Smoothie at home.
Children and adults around the world have played with hula hoops for centuries. Here at Drumraney N.S., the children have been experimenting with and trying to reinvent the classic hula hoop. They never tire of trying to master the skill of spinning the hoop around their waist/arm/leg/neck or skipping with the hoop but they love nothing more than trying to think up new and creative tricks to try with the hoop.
The children really enjoyed their gymnastics session today with Elisha Colgan (Gymnastics Ireland Club Coach of the Year 2017) from Athlone Gymnastics Club. Gymnastic is a great sport to develop balance, co-ordination, flexibility and strength.
The Irish Tug of War Association has recently partnered up with Active School Flag (ASF) initiative.
As part of this collaboration, they have been running a school development program in participating schools around the country.
Today we had a visit from Cathy Sheerin who gave us a demonstration on how to pull tug of war. After the demonstration she presented the school with a junior rope to use with the children in our own time.
Tug of war is a non-contact sport where team work is far more important than any one individual and where every member of the team is equal. It is a fun and accessible team sport for children of all ages and abilities. It was great to introduce the children to an exciting new sport while they are at an age where they are trying out new sports and hobbies.