St. Joseph's Primary School Longford
St Joseph’s ACTIVE Flag
About the Active School Flag Project:
The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community, by awarding them with an Active School Flag (ASF).
To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website – http://www.activeschoolflag.ie
We are striving to earn our first Active School Flag. A lot of work goes into creating a physically active school community. The Active Schools Committee, staff and children work together to ensure everyone accesses a broad and balanced PE curriculum. As part of the process we informed and invited the Whole School Community to participate in the Active School Flag process.
Over the course of the 2 year programme a great number and range of physical activities were provided in St Joseph’s including a full Active School Week.
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All the classes in St Joseph’s took part in the Operation Transformation took part in the initiative. The ASF Coordinator made the you tube clip available for all classes. Great fun was had by all staff and children alike.
Aimee from the Peelo School of Dance started with us in September. She has worked with all classes from infants up to 6th class for a block of 5 weeks. The classes get to perform a number of styles of dance from hip hop to zumba to country. It gave a great opportunity to classes to experience
Girls from 5th and 6th class take part in the schools league. They compete with many of the other schools from all around the county. They train every Wednesday after school in the school hall or in the local sports hall. They team are trained by Ms Dooley, Ms Gilmartin and Ms O Connor. They have made great progress and have reached the girls Division 2 final. Well done girls.
This year Ms McClean and Ms Rooney took over the role of coaches for the GAA teams in the school. Girls from 4th and 5th class started back training in January. They train weekly after school for one hour every Monday. They are working on their ball handling skills and kicking skills. We are not taking part in any competitions this year but hope to have some friendly games later in the year.
Brendan Doyle visited the school and gave all classes from 3rd to 6th a brief overview of the different activities. All children then got an opportunity to have a go at some of the events like triple jump, speed bounce and javelin throwing. A number of children will then take part in County Longford SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS Festival in Moyne Community School on 9th March. The group will compete against other schools from all over the county for a chance to go to the regional finals.
All classes have a block of swimming lessons from infants up to 4th class. Aquatics is an important part of the curriculum and all children are encouraged to take part with their class. St Joseph’s takes part in the Primary Aquatic Water Safety (PAWS) for 2nd/3rd and 4th class in conjunction with the local pool Coral Leisure. Each class takes part in water safety lessons so that they can learn how to stay safe around water.
Each class will take part in 30 minutes of activity for a week. Activities include dancing, football, skipping, and HIIT classes to name a few. This is a very enjoyable week for teachers and children.
In 2016 we were awarded the Healthy Ireland Flag for all our hard work in improving the health of the school community. The programme supports schools to focus on health and wellbeing and involves all members of the school community. We first started this process back in 2012 with the help of the ACE Coordinator Anne Marie Bennett.
Here are some ‘Active Ideas’ for home:
1. Go for pre- or post-dinner walks
2. Turn up the music and boogie down!
3. Make a game out of household chores.
4. Sneak workouts into other activities i.e. taking the stairs instead of the escalator.
5. Turn TV ad breaks into fitness breaks.
6. Have a weekly sports night, where everyone in the family gets involved.
7. Let the kids help with work in the yard and with gardening – catch leaves, raking, sorting, digging, planting, etc.
8. Join a local club i.e. GAA, rugby, tennis, dance, etc.