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

Junior Infants PE Outside

On such a beautiful spring day the Junior Infants decided to do their Physical Education PE Class outside. First they ...
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Animal Games with our new Junior Infants

During PE today our new Junior Infants pretended to be animals and play games. They had great fun ...
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European Schools Sports Day

The Junior Infants kicked off the European Sports Day September 2020 - 2021 Heads.....Shoulders Knees .... And Toes... Some eyes ...
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Junior Infants doing Yoga for PE

The Junior Infants took to the mats today to do yoga with Martin as part of PE ...
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Ball games in the Yard

Junior Infants playing catch and other ball games in the yard as part of PE Throw the ball to you ...
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Physical Education (PE) with Fourth Class

On this cold January morning Fourth class stayed active and warm by playing Basketball during their PE lesson. The Green's ...
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Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow….

It might not actually be snowing yet but this didn't stop the Junior and Senior Infants caching and throwing our ...
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Junior Infants doing Target Throws

So I have to throw this bean bag through your hoop. Gosh ! I think it went through ?! ...
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Physical Education (PE) Inside School and Out

First Class doing PE outside when they can. And Inside when they can't. Watch out that ball is heading your ...
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Junior Infants having fun with Bean Bags

The weather was so mild today that the Junior Infants had their Physical Education Class (PE) outside. Here they are ...
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Physical Activity

Circus Skills in Barna Woods

The Junior Infants practiced some Circus Skills in Barna Woods with Amélie Bal. There was....... Balancing Climbing and a bit ...
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Active Line Activity in the April Sun

Active School Line in the Sun. Matt leading the Junior and Senior Infants in Star Jumps ...
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Junior Infants and Second Class Participating in Busy Breaks

Even when its wet it doesn't discourage our students from being active. Here are the Junior Infants having a Busy ...
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Active line activities during December sunshine!

The Junior and Senior Infants doing their Active Line activity for the day. Up down, Up down lets touch those ...
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Junior and senior infants completing their daily run!

It might be the middle of winter but whenever they can - weather permitting the Junior and Senior infants take ...
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Movember

Alan, who has been teaching in 1st Class for the past few weeks, has taken on a goal of doing ...
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Fourth Class get Active by running around the yard.

It might be grey and over cast and the middle of winter, but as long as its dry our students ...
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Virtual Sports Day: Activity 5 – Throwing Games

It's our last day of our week of challenges. Ciara shows us some games to do at home to practice ...
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Virtual Sports Day: Challenge 4 – Target roll and kick

Vivienne shows us how to do a target roll or kick activity indoors or outdoors. Don't forget to share your ...
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Virtual Sports Day: Activity 3 – Yoga

Margaret, Megan and Niamh lead us through a Sun Salutation yoga exercise. Join them, and don't forget to send photos ...
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Active School Week

This is what Third Class got up to during Active School Week

Third Class made a real effort this week to capture their activities during Active School Week. Here they are playing ...
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Fourth Class enjoying Active School Week

Fourth class took part in a treasure hunt during Active School week. Their teacher visited Barna Woods early to hide ...
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Fifth class and their Active School week activities

This week 5th Class have been very busy exploring in Barna Woods and generally enjoying the sunshine while playing ball ...
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More throwing and catching with our Junior Infants

The Junior Infants practiced their hand eye co-ordination in the sun by throwing balls to each other. The balls didn't ...
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Active School Thursday

Senior Infants having a very active PE lesson, first they ran relay races with several different ways of getting the ...
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First Class practicing their ball skills over Active School week

Over the week First class kept them selves active practicing a variety of ball skills both at school and in ...
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This is What Second Class did over Active School week

On Tuesday they practiced their football skills. Some passes A bit of fancy foot work Throwing and Catching And a ...
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Active School Week – Active Wednesday for our Junior Infants

Working or playing our Junior Infants are always active. Junior and Senior Infants doing star jumps while on their Active ...
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Active School Week – Throwing and Catching in Junior Infants

During PE this week the Junior Infants practiced throwing and catching Catch ! They threw balls Bean bags They threw ...
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Active School Week – First Class Learning how to Skip

While having fun during break time some of our first class students decided to learn how to skip ...
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Partnerships

All school Zumba

Today every class in the school had a half hour Zumba lesson, this was organised as part of three initiatives ...
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School Fitness Ireland

School Fitness Ireland paid our school a visit today and held a session with each class. The music was up ...
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Gaelic Football Skills

Gareth Bradshaw, who plays for the Galway Senior Football team and who recently raised the Active School Flag with Pádraic ...
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Rugby Fever !!

Over the next few weeks Craig from Connacht Rugby will be giving the older classes a few Rugby taster sessions ...
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Second, Third and Fourth Class trying out Tai Chi

On Thursday Shifu Niall O'Floinn and Cathy provided a taster lesson to our Second, Third and Fourth year classes. Toy ...
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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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