This year we are hoping to renew our Active School Flag. We have chosen a school committee with two class representatives from first class to sixth. And are ready to get our flag.
There are four areas that we are required to fulfil to achieve the flag. They are
1 Physical Education, 2 Physical Activity, 3 Partnerships, 4 Active School Week.
Left: classes doing Yoga with Amanda Nugent.
Right: Cycling with Sheilbaggin Outdoor pursuits.
Our Current Active School's Committee
First class: Senan Culleton, Niamh O'Rourke
Second class: Hugh Miller, Siofra Culleton
Third class: Max Murphy, Aoife O'Connor
Fourth class: Abbey Jordan, Finn Ryan
Fifth class: Michael O Rourke, Katelyn Gaffney
Sixth class: Cael Colfer, Aoife Ling
Teachers: Karen Murphy and Anne Marie O'Neill
Every class has a role to play on the Committee. First class are responsible for picking the active line activity to be done daily just after little break. Second class collate the kilometres that are run every Wednesday. Third class distribute and collect the Active Flag suggestion boxes. Fourth class will Inform our school of our chosen Active School Slogan and create displays around the school. Fifth class are responsibile for leading the Active Line Activities daily and are also responsible for a survey about 'What club you are in?' Sixth class are responsible for building an abstacle course for Active School Week.
There are many partnerships with the wider community and our school. The local GAA club is probably the one most linked with our school. Many of the pupils are members of Rathgarogue-
Sheilbaggin Outdoor Adventure Centre is coming to the school to do a a cycle right programme for 5 weeks. An Taisce have provided some funding for this. It will be for the senior pupils.
The pupils of 3rd and 4th class are visiting The Apex in New Ross for their swimming lessons every week to fulfil their PE Requirements.
Abovet: using the Dance Mats was lots of fun and right: taking part in our active school lines at little break.
Fifth class members carried out a school survey around the whole school asking ' What clubs are you in?'
These are the results they found.
Survey:What club are you in?
Hurling & Football 97
Dance Athletics 34
Right and Left : Having fun at GAA time
Below : Orienteering indoors and nature trails outdoors
In Scoil Naomh Áine we have implemented some initiatives to promote extra physical activity. Every day our Children have two breaks outside unless it is raining. During this time children are encouraged to play team sports such as football on our lovely green pitches. Every class has a large container of playground equipment for those who prefer to play other games. All classes have a selection of soft small balls that they can use for throwing, piggy in the middle or catch. The have scoops that they can use to pass smaller balls to each other. Skipping ropes are a favourite with all classes where they can skip on their own or in groups. Small tennis bats are also used with small balls especially by the junior classes.
5th class act as our playground leaders after little break time. The children line up in their class lines and 5th class lead the active lines so the other children know what they are supposed to do. So it might be 10 reps of twists, followed by 10 reps of squats, 10 jumping jacks etc..
On Wednesdays every class runs 1km. The distance they have run is calculated and totted up. So far the school has run from Wexford to Calais in France.
Left: Active Stations
Active Schools Week 23rd April to 27 th April
Active Schools week is nearly here and promises to be an action packed week of many activities ranging from GAA, Orienteering, Swimming, Cycling, to Yoga and Dance. The timetable is to be as follows:
Monday: Morning Walk around the school and GAA for the classes for the rest of the day.
Tuesday: Morning Dance and Active Songs and Orienteering and Nature Hunts in the afternoon.
Wednesday: 10 @10 followed by Cycling for 5th and 6th. 3rd and 4th will go Swimming and there will be a run also for everyone.
Thursday: Yoga in the morning and stations in the afternoon. Children will swap yard for the day too.
Friday: Dance in the morning and Obstacle course in the afternoon. Juniors up to 2nd class will go to the playground.