Active School Flag

The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education in 2009. It is a non-competitive initiative which seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and active school community.

We are currently in the process of working towards our first Active School Flag. We began the process in January 2018. Some of the active things we have done so far include participating in the 10@ 10 and other movement breaks during the school day, engaging in a ‘Dance of the Month’, the Run Around Europe Challenge, the whole school St. Patrick’s Day Céilí, Active Week and lots more.

Check out our Active School Noticeboard for updates!

LATEST: JANUARY 2019: THE DAILY MILE!

We are very excited here in Primrose Hill to have signed up to The Daily Mile!
We have joined 100s of schools in Ireland in taking a positive step towards becoming a healthier and fitter school. Click on the link to find out more: https://thedailymile.ie/

Physical Education

Children avail of Physical Education for 60 timetabled minutes a week. Depending on the age group of the class, this may be done in three 20 minute sessions, two half hours, one 60 minute session etc.

The six strands of the Physical Education curriculum are: Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure Activities and Aquatics.

Physical Activity

Physical Activity is extremely important for children’s health and well-being. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day.

Children have a chance to avail of physical activity during their break times in school.

Children are allowed to run in our school yard and we promote a wide range of activities for them to engage in.

We have a sport’s equipment timetable which includes: basketball, football, climbing equipment, swings and climbing tower, hoops and skipping ropes.

We also encourage less active children to keep moving during break times and to “Do your talking as you’re walking”.

We have playground Leaders who lead the children in Active Line Exercises as they wait in line for their teachers after break-time.

On wet days, children partake in physical activities within the classroom such as Bizzy Breaks, 10@10, and Go Noodle.

Dance of the Month

Dance of the Month

Active Line

Giant Heart Shaped 10@10

Partnerships

Our Local Sports Partnership and HSE Promotion Officer are aware that our school is working towards are first Active School Flag.

We avail of the swimming pool at St. Raphael’s to provide swimming lessons for the children from 1st-6th Class.

We have an excellent Active School Committee who keeps our children and staff up to date on what is going in with the Active Flag and keep our noticeboard in order and read the suggestions in our suggestion box.

We linked with various sports clubs in the local area during Active Week to promote some different sports opportunities for the children e.g. Bushido Martial Arts and Excel Gymnastics.

Active School Week

We ran our first Active School Week from 5th-8th June 2018

Our timetable was as follows:

Tuesday 5th June

  • Drop Everything and Dance
  • Hula Hoop Challenge
  • Skipping Challenge
  • Excel Gymnastics taster sessions with all classes

Wednesday 6th June

  • Drop Everything and Dance
  • Hula Hoop Challenge
  • Skipping Challenge
  • Bushido Martial Arts Taster Sessions with all classes

Thursday 7th June

  • Drop Everything and Dance
  • Hula Hoop Challenge
  • Skipping Challenge
  • Photo-star Orienteering challenge for all classes on school grounds

Friday 8th June

  • Drop Everything and Dance
  • Hula Hoop Challenge
  • Skipping Challenge
  • Tug-of-War Ireland sessions with 3rd-6th Classes

Below are some photos from our Whole School Céilí, Run Around Europe Challenge, Active Week Taster Sessions (Excel Gymnastics, Bushido Martial Arts, Tug of War Ireland, Photo Star Orienteering) and our Hula Hoop Challenge.