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.

Our ASF co-ordinator has established a committee of students, staff and parents 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 and 2nd class in term four. Gaelic football and hurling skills are taught after school as well as athletics and basketball for 1st and 2nd
  • Each class is provided with at least 1 hour timetabled Physical Education per week. This can comprise of 2×30 minute lessons or 1 hour per week per class.
  • Our P.E. policy is currently being reviewed by teachers as part of the Active School Flag process. It will be 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 P.E. plan as well as the PDST lesson plans for teaching all aspects of the P.E. curriculum.
  • An audit of all P.E. 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 every-day 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, although very small, is kept very busy. There are no specific zones in the yard at the moment due to its size. 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.
  • 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. We aim to run to a least 5 countries before the summer holidays.
  • Every Wednesday 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 competitive teams in our school. However, as we grow we plan on having a Basketball team, a Gaelic Football & Hurling team and also an athletics team that will represent the school in local competitions.
  • Active School Week will take place in Knocknacarra Educate Together in May.

Active School Week

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Active Line for November

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Friday Discos

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Visits to Barna Woods and Cappagh Park

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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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WOW – Walk on Wednesdays

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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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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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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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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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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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Active Line in June

The Floss is a popular Active Line activity on Fridays this month! ...
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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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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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Yard Time in the Sunshine

With the nice weather, we've had lots of opportunities to get outside and play some new playground games and use ...
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Active Homework

Every Wednesday all the children in our school do something active for homework in place of written work.  Here are ...
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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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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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Active Line Leader Jackets

We received new yard leader jackets.  Children from each class rotate the responsibility for leading the active line at the ...
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After-school Clubs

We just finished another term of after-school clubs.  First and Second Class had the option to participate in GAA skills ...
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Whole-School Running Challenge

Run around Europe Challenge: We are proud to say we reached London in February and Paris in March.  We done ...
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Seachtain na Gaeilge

D'imir Rang a hAon agus Rang a Dó cluiche treodóireacha.  Bhain na páistí an-taitneamh as an gcluiche. First and Second ...
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Rainy Day Breaks

Everyday we try as much as possible to get everyone up and moving throughout the school day. We also ensure ...
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Active Line

We have started a new activity called Active Line.  At the end of yard time, children from each class lead ...
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PE Classes

Our PE curriculum is broad and varied and we acknowledge the importance of providing physical activity for the children. We ...
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Friday Yard Discos

Every Friday we have great fun when the children and teachers participate have a disco during second break.  The school has ...
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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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Active School Flag

We're delighted to have begun the process towards achieving the Active School Flag.  Vivienne will be the lead teacher for ...
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