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:
Active School Week
- 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.
During PE today our new Junior Infants pretended to be animals and play games. They had great fun ...Read More
The Junior Infants kicked off the European Sports Day September 2020 - 2021 Heads.....Shoulders Knees .... And Toes... Some eyes ...Read More
The Junior Infants took to the mats today to do yoga with Martin as part of PE ...Read More
Junior Infants playing catch and other ball games in the yard as part of PE Throw the ball to you ...Read More
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The weather was so mild today that the Junior Infants had their Physical Education Class (PE) outside. Here they are ...Read More
First class practiced their basket ball skills during PE today. They were doing drills and dribbling up and down lanes ...Read More
The Junior and Senior Infants doing their Active Line activity for the day. Up down, Up down lets touch those ...Read More
It might be the middle of winter but whenever they can - weather permitting the Junior and Senior infants take ...Read More
Alan, who has been teaching in 1st Class for the past few weeks, has taken on a goal of doing ...Read More
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It's our last day of our week of challenges. Ciara shows us some games to do at home to practice ...Read More
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Ronan shoes how to set up your own penalty shoot-out, one of our favourite sports day activities, at home and ...Read More
Vivienne sets a skipping challenge for the whole school. Send us images or videos of you skipping, and we'll add ...Read More
Here is a challenge for you. Neil, Vivienne's son, demonstrates how to spin a basketball on the top of your ...Read More
Active School Week
Every class in the school participated in the run around Europe Challenge every day during Active School Week ...Read More
On Friday 10th May 2019 all classes enjoyed Yoga and Fitness Training with Angela a Personal Instructor in the Salthill ...Read More
Today, Thursday we had Rubgy sessions with Christian Short and Galway Bay Rugby Club Junior Infants learning how to play ...Read More
Today the Children tried out a variety of ball games during yard time. They did basketball, tennis, quoits and bulls ...Read More
On Tuesday May 7th 2019 KETNS were very fortunate to have three soccer coaches from Knocknacarra Soccer Club volunteer in ...Read More
A number of stations for different ball games were set up in the yard: basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, hurling, golf ...Read More
Many thanks to the parents, children and staff members who participated in the walking bus this morning! ...Read More
All the Junior and Senior Infants had great fun completing an obstacle course in the yard ...Read More
Our Active School Week has started with a rather wet day. Despite not getting much of an opportunity to get ...Read More
School Fitness Ireland paid our school a visit today and held a session with each class. The music was up ...Read More
Gareth Bradshaw, who plays for the Galway Senior Football team and who recently raised the Active School Flag with Pádraic ...Read More
Over the next few weeks Craig from Connacht Rugby will be giving the older classes a few Rugby taster sessions ...Read More
On Thursday Shifu Niall O'Floinn and Cathy provided a taster lesson to our Second, Third and Fourth year classes. Toy ...Read More
Ranya, a parent of one of the students in Junior Infants, kindly agreed to show Junior Infants how to do ...Read More
3rd Class enjoying training with the GAA County Board coach Johnny. He has been with us all through May and ...Read More
We love Wednesdays. That's when Erris comes to dance with us. She was here all last month and still going ...Read More
Declan our visiting coach from Galway Lawn Tennis & Badmington Club is teaching 1st Class how to play Badmington. But ...Read More
We had a great Sports Day at Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club. Many thanks to the parents who led the activities! Children ...Read More
We were delighted to participate in the City Sports competition at NUI Galway for the first time this year. Well ...Read More