Our school community received our first Active School Flag Award in 2019.  We achieved this by 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.  We are currently in the process of renewing our Active Flag.

After some general information about our work towards achieving an Active Flag, 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 oversees a committee comprised of staff members and pupils.
  • 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 in 2018. It was ratified by the Board of Management. This plan will be reviewed and amended by staff on a regular basis. 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  was made and an itemised list ongoing acquisition of new equipment takes place.
  • The specific area of focus within the curriculum was the Games Strand for our first Active Flag. This year the school is focusing on the Dance Strand for our flag renewal.
  • We are 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. For example, as part of Maths Week, all classes went on an maths trail. Walks around Knocknacarra, Cappagh Park and Bearna Woods have become more active and fun as well as educational.
  • We have 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 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 in Spring 2019.  The yard is divided into zones to facilitate different activities such as basketball, soccer, four square, skipping rope and running games.
  • The school creates 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.  All classes engage in Busy Breaks throughout the day.
  • Classes regularly take running breaks, and in the past we participated in a 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.
  • The school has sent teams of students to hurling and soccer blitzes. An athletics team has represented the school at Galway City Sports.  We are in the process of purchasing sports kits for school teams.
  • Active School Week takes place annually in May.

Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) with Second Class

Today 2nd Class were practising their basket ball skills. Having fun dribbling, chest pass and bounce pass ...
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PE With 5th Class in the Winter sun

5th Class took the opportunity to have their PE class in the winter sun. They practised basket ball drills and ...
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Balancing !!

Our Junior Infants learning how to balance bean bags while standing, sitting, even on one leg ...
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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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Physical Activity

Bizzy Breaks

Here are 5th Class having their Bizzy Break, a movement break. 2nd Class having their Bizzy Break, a stretching break ...
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Bizzy Breaks – School Staff start a trend

Bizzy Breaks or movement breaks have always been used throughout the school day to help our students to take a few ...
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Fun Friday Halloween Disco

On the last day before the Mid Term break the teachers decided to take advantage of the unusually mild weather ...
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Halloween Active Line

Creepy Friday! we break up today for the Mid-term break and our students are doing their Active Line today in ...
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European Day of Sports

Today our school celebrated European Sports day. As it was a very wet day outside classes were forced to celebrate ...
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All School Yoga

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

Gymnastics with Ranga 3

Ranga 3 doing gymnastics with Michael Callaghan from School Fitness Ireland Balancing OOH!! a little bit wobbly Forward rolls Forward ...
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Gymnastics with School Fitness Ireland

Every Friday for the last two weeks Michael Callaghan has been providing all school gymnastics as part of a program ...
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5th Class doing Gymnastics with School Fitness Ireland

I do believe this is called a broken candle. Balancing on one foot..... I can see someone cheating Oh my ...
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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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