Active School Flag

Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The award recognises schools which strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

We were awarded our Active School Flag in May 2016.

In order to achieve the flag, we had to:

  1. Adhere to DES Guidelines regarding PE timetable provision for all pupils.
  2. Teach a broad and balanced PE curriculum.
  3. Inform and invite the whole school community to participate in the Active School process.
  4. Self-evaluate our current provision in terms of P.E, Physical Activity and Community Links.
  5. Plan and Implement improvements for each of the aforementioned areas.
  6. Organise an ‘Active School Week’ as part of the annual school calendar.

See the Active School Flag Webpage for more information regarding the Active School Flag process.


Here is a list of the various activities we have undertaken (or are undertaking) in 2015-16

September 2015
New Goal Posts
Coaching for Cross Country 3rd – 6th classes with parent, Mary Scanlon
DkIT students on placement for weekly PE 1st Class (Paul Cullen & Nessan Mc Crudden)
WoW days (Walk on Wednesdays)

Leinster Rubgy Training for 3rd & 4th Classes
Introduction to Laya “Super Troopers” programme
Cyclability Audit of routes to school

Cycle Safety Training 5th & 6th

Tennis coaching with Gus Kresa

Fit Kidz – Infant Classes and 1st Class with Niall Teather
Blackrock Hurling & Camogie Training starting Wednesdays

Implementation of Laya “Super Troopers” programme

GAA Blitz -4th to 6th classes
Leinster Rugby Training
Rugby Blitz – 8th
“Get in Gear” – cycling safety for staff & parents – 20th
Sportshall Athletics Training 1 in DkIT – 14th
Hip-Hop dancing with Tara Gill
Movement & Mindfulness with Edel Molloy
Spook Walk – 23rd

Movement & Mindfulness with Edel Molloy

Sportshall Athletics Training 2 in DkIT – 14th
Fit Kidz after school from 9th
GAA coaching from 19th

Santa Stroll – 16th

Cosmic Kidz Yoga – online yoga for kids
GoNoodle – online movement
School Disco – 23rd

Irish Dancing 1st-6th from 26th
Teachers start after school walk/run around the block
Rugby Coaching 3rd
Hip-Hop Dancing with Tara Gill
Hurling/Camogie 3rd Class from 12th
Football Coaching 4th Class from from 12th

5th & 6th Activity Ambassadors for indoor breaks on wet days
Soccer Coaching for girls with Robert Cosgrove from 1st
IRFU Rugby Coaching from 22nd
FAI Girls 5-a-side Soccer 22nd
FAI Boys 5-a-side Soccer 25th
Hurling/Camogie training after school with Blackrock/Haggardstown club
Irish Dancing 1st-6th

Gaelic Coaching 3rd to 6th classes – Miss Carolan + Miss Kellegher

PDST Gymnastics Training for staff – 1st
School Céilí – 11th

Hurling/Camogie Coaching
Implementation of Walk & Talk playground policy
Swimming Lessons 4th & 5th from 9th
Run a Km @ 10am!

Run a Km @ 10am!
Active School Week planned by pupils from 25th
Fit Kidz – Infants and 1st Class
Team Clean/ School Ramble and Clean up

Be Active After School Programme with Ciara Whately
Parents Walking Group – Wednesdays
Basketball 2nd – 6th
Cycle Road Safety Awareness Training 5th & 6 classes

Run a Km @ 10am!
Fit Kidz – Infants and 1st class
Be Active After School Programme with Ciara Whately
Parents Walking Group – Wednesdays
Basketball 2nd – 6th
Libby Dynamites Basketball Competition (Boys and Girls)

Gaelic/Soccer matches
Gaelic Blitz – Dundalk Schools League
Sports Day
Senior classes – Hill Walk
Teddy Bears Picnic/Adventure Playground – infant classes
Beach walk and scavenger hunt
National Bike Week 11th
School Tours – emphasis on keeping active

After School Activities for children:

Basketball with Gary Rodriguez
Hip-Hop Dancing with Tara Gill

Fit Kidz with Niall Teather
Be Active – After School Club

Blackrock/Haggardstown Hurling & Camogie Club 6.30 – 8pm

Tennis with Gus Kresa

Involving the School Community:

Tuesdays –
Be Active – After School Club
Hypnogroove (Movement & Mindfulness) with Edel Molloy;

Wow Days – Parents meet to walk after dropping children off to school
Cúchulainn Cycling Club indoor training – 8-9pm

Pilates with Eileen Hughes
Blackrock Line Dancing Group

Some parents volunteer to help out when the weather permits.

Several of our parents help out with soccer, gaelic and athletics coaching

Teachers – run around the block several days a week, participate in GoNoodle and Cosmic Kidz Yoga with their class, take part in hypnogroove, participate and get involved in Irish dancing classes and céilí, run/walk 1km a day with students

* * * Check out some of our Active School Activity Photos here * * *
Resources for Parents

Here are some ‘Active Ideas’ for home:

Continue to use the Laya Healhcare Super Trooper exercises, diary and wallchart (given to all pupils – more copies available from the office)
Walk to school – and not just on our WOW days!
Go for pre- or post-dinner walks
Turn up the music and boogie down!
Make a game out of household chores.
Sneak workouts into other activities i.e. taking the stairs instead of the escalator.
Turn TV ad breaks into fitness breaks.
Have a weekly sports night, where everyone in the family gets involved.
Let the kids help with garden tasks – catch leaves, raking, sorting, digging, planting, etc.
Walk the dog.

Here are some fantastic resources for parents to encourage even more physical activity at home:

Get Irelnd Active: Information designed to provide support to people who are trying to get active.
Family Fitness
Walk to school
Road Safety
Be active after school
Irish Wheelchair Association inclusion programme
Irish Heart Foundation Physical Activity pocket planner
PAWS – water safety
Parents for Health
Encourage Child’s Physical Activity
Kids Health.Org