Our school community is working together to attain our first Active School Flag Award.  This will be achieved in a number of ways including: increasing levels of physical activities in our daily lives (both in school and at home), looking at specific areas of the PE curriculum, ensuring that all aspects of the curriculum are being taught and creating links with sporting agencies and community groups in our local area.  The main goal of participating in this scheme is that a sense of health, well-being and physical activity will continue to be fostered in our school.

After some general information about our work towards this goal, you will find on-going updates of our progress in four categories:

Physical Education

Physical Activity

Active School Week

and

Partnerships.

  • Our ASF co-ordinator has established a committee to oversee the progression.
  • Discretionary time throughout the year is being used by teachers and qualified coaches to coach the children in a range of non-competitive activities including individual and team sports. For example, swimming lessons are taking place for 1st class and above in the third term. Gaelic football and hurling skills are taught after school as well as athletics and basketball.
  • Each class is provided with at least 1 hour of timetabled Physical Education per week. This is comprised of at least two 30-minute lessons.
  • Our PE Curriculum Policy was drafted by teachers as part of the Active School Flag process last year. It was ratified by the Board of Management. This plan will be reviewed and amended by staff every two years. All staff members have access to the PE plan as well as the PDST lesson plans for teaching all aspects of the PE curriculum.
  • An audit of all PE equipment will be made and an itemised list will be compiled of equipment that needs to be replaced as well as new equipment needed to be purchased.
  • The specific area of focus within the curriculum is the strand ‘games’. Two of our teachers attended a course in the teaching of ‘games’ and have kindly shared their knowledge with the rest of the teachers in our school.
  • We are becoming more aware of the importance of being physically active on rainy days when the children cannot play outside. If the children are unable to go outside due to rain, each teacher ensures that he or she gets at least 10 minutes of physical activity that day. Each class has a ‘Go-noodle’ or ‘Just Dance’ account.
  • We are incorporating physical activity into our everyday lessons. As part of Engineering week, all classes went on an engineering trail. Walks around Knocknacarra, Cappagh Park and Bearna Woods have become more active and fun as well as educational.
  • We have set up an ASF notice board whereby we inform our school community of our progress to date and any upcoming school events.
  • All the children and staff love to dance in KETNS. We have explored dance at events such as the Halloween disco, Christmas disco. Every Friday the children dance in the yard listening to music on the school’s “party rocker” using a school’s playlist.
  • We have liaised with the Health Promotion Officer with the HSE, and our school co-ordinator attended a Health Promotion Healthy School’s activity day in March 2018. All staff are aware of the importance of a healthy and balanced diet along with an active lifestyle.
  • The KETNS yard at our new premises is kept very busy. All the children are encouraged to run and travel freely around the yard.  Ball and tag games are permitted and encouraged.  The older children often teach the younger children new and exciting games.  Yard markings were painted by a volunteer parent last Spring.
  • The school has created new opportunities to exercise where emphasis in on fun e.g. active line where the children do different activities every morning during small break. Each day a different child from each class leads the activity.
  • We are currently taking up the challenge of running around Europe.
  • Every Thursday the children get ‘active homework’ where they are encouraged to get not only themselves physically active but also their other family members physically active too.
  • At the moment we have no official competitive teams in our school. However, as we grow we plan on having a Basketball team, a Gaelic football and a hurling team. An athletics team has represented the school at Galway City Sports.
  • Active School Week takes place annually in May.

Physical Education

Yoga with Ranya

Ranya, a parent of one of the students in Junior Infants, kindly agreed to show Junior Infants how to do ...
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Pencil Rolls with Junior Infants

Can I've a go that looks fun ! You're good ! ...
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Visits to Barna Woods and Cappagh Park

We're very lucky to be so close to Barna Woods and Cappagh Park. Each class has visited the woods at ...
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Draft PE Curriculum Plan

The staff have read and agreed a draft PE Curriculum Plan written by Vivienne. It is now ready to present ...
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European School Sport Day

Our school registered for the European School Sports Day event. All the classes did extra PE that day, and we ...
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New Facilities and New Opportunities to be Active!

We're delighted to have moved into our new school! We have great new facilities: a hall, a large tarmac yard ...
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Sports Day

We had a great Sports Day at Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club. Many thanks to the parents who led the activities! Children ...
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2nd Class PE at Miller’s Lane

Second Class had a great time rounders at the pitch near the school several times over the last few weeks ...
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Soccer on the Beach

We had a great day at Silverstrand. Children were busy making sand castles, and several children had a great time ...
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Swim-a-Mile Challenge

First and Second Class are participating in the Swim-a-Mile Challenge during their swimming lessons this term at Leisureland ...
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Physical Activity

The Whole School completing Active Line during Pyjama Day

Last week the Student Council organised Pyjama Day to raise funds for Crumlin Children's Hospital ...
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Friday Discos

Fridays are special not just because it's the weekend tomorrow but because we get to have our Friday Disco !! ...
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Yard Games

It might be cold out but as long as its dry we warm up quickly actively playing at yard time ...
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Santa Run

Whole school Santa run Wait a minute let me get my ears on Junior Infants starting their run. Senior Infants ...
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Active Line for November

We have a whole new group of activities for the Active Line this month ...
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Friday Discos

Our tradition of a Friday Disco during yard time continues. We enjoy using our big yard, but it is great ...
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WOW – Walk on Wednesdays

On Wednesdays there are walking buses from Cappagh Park and from the Clybaun Hotel. It's great to see parents and ...
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Afterschool Clubs

A new range of Afterschool Clubs have begun for this term. Infants can participate in active options such as basketball, ...
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Run Around Europe Challenge

We ran to Luxembourg in April, Paris in May and Berlin in June. Even the teachers joined in the running! ...
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Active School Week

Active School Week: Ball Game Stations

A number of stations for different ball games were set up in the yard: basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, hurling, golf ...
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Active School Week: Walking Bus

Many thanks to the parents, children and staff members who participated in the walking bus this morning! ...
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Active School Week: Infants Obstacle Course

All the Junior and Senior Infants had great fun completing an obstacle course in the yard ...
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Active School Week: Rainy Day Activities

Our Active School Week has started with a rather wet day. Despite not getting much of an opportunity to get ...
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Partnerships

Yoga with Ranya

Ranya, a parent of one of the students in Junior Infants, kindly agreed to show Junior Infants how to do ...
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Tuesday’s GAA training with Johnny

3rd Class enjoying training with the GAA County Board coach Johnny. He has been with us all through May and ...
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Dancing with Erris

We love Wednesdays. That's when Erris comes to dance with us. She was here all last month and still going ...
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Badminton Lessons with Declan

Declan our visiting coach from Galway Lawn Tennis & Badmington Club is teaching 1st Class how to play Badmington. But ...
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Sports Day

We had a great Sports Day at Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club. Many thanks to the parents who led the activities! Children ...
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City Sports 2018

We were delighted to participate in the City Sports competition at NUI Galway for the first time this year. Well ...
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Active School Committee

Our Active School Committee has been established with the following members: Alfie and Aoife - Junior Infants Maya and Cillian ...
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