Brat Scoile Ghníomhaí - Active School Flag
The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative (DES) supported by Healthy Ireland (HI) which aims to get more schools, more active, more often. It is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physical active school community.
S.N. Baile Clár na Gaillimhe is working towards achieving the Active School Flag.
Active School Committee
Meet our new Active Schools Committee. They are tasked with making our school more active this year and helping us meet the requirements for our Active Flag. The committee meets regularly and they are busy making Claregalway National School a more active place.
Planning and preparation for the Active Flag
In accordance with our Physical Education plan, all classes receive 1 hour timetabled PE every week. We promote the key messages of the Primary PE Curriculum in our lessons.
Teachers utilise the PSSI/PDST lesson Plans to facilitate the delivery of a broad and balanced PE Curriculum for all age groups. We also have the 'Move Well, Move Often' lesson books mounted inside the doors of the school for teachers to use when delivering their PE lessons.
Our school also has a central PE resource area with an up to date audit of the PE equipment completed this year. All of the teachers received training in the gymnastics strand of the PE curriculum this year.
1. Physical Activity
Claregalway National School has many different initiatives in place to promote physical activity throughout the school. Playworks games during lunchtime has proved very successful, as well as Active Lines , ‘Do your Talking while you are Walking’, Playground Zoning, Super Troopers, Active Breaks, Extra activities on wet days, Active Homework and Healthy Hero Half Hour on Friday.
Do your Talking While You're Walking
Super Troopers and Active Lines
The Active School Team has been very busy coordinating the Super Troopers programme in the school. The whole school is participating in Super Troopers and keeping track of their physical activity at home. The Active Schools Team are busy going around to all of the classes to remind everyone to complete their charts. Prizes have been given to the children to encourage families to get involved. We have also been encouraging activity while the children are standing in their lines in the morning.
Active Breaks and Active Homework
Physical Activity throughout the year
This year we have had 12 Days of Fitmas, Yóga Óga during Seachtain na Gaeilge, Active Workshops Skip hop, Yóga Óga, Rinka, Active School Tours: Visit to Claregalway Castle, Walking history tour of Galway, and many different sports training.
We have been playing lots of new yard games this year! The active team have been busy setting up games like 4 square, foot golf, skipping, hula hoop games
Junior Infant Hurling Practice
Sixth Class Swimming Classes
Sixth class on their last day of swimming lessons. Children take part in swimming lessons in Third and Sixth classes.
Active School Committee
Active School Team preparing for foot golf!
Here is the Active School Team digging holes for our upcoming challenge - Foot golf! We are very excited to add this new game to our PlayWorks.
12 Days of Fitness!
First to Fourth classes did really well during the 12 Days of Fitness challenge.
This year we have started getting active homework. We know how important it is to be active throughout the day!
Third Class - Running Breaks
Third Class have been taking running breaks every day. Running laps was difficult at first but we are getting better and better every day! It is one of our favourite activities of the day.
We rang Connacht Rugby on Tueday the 22nd of January and we were talking to Linda Jones the coordinator. We hope to schedule some rugby classes very shortly.
Galway Minor Hurlers visit Claregalway
We were very happy to welcome some of the hurlers from the Galway minor team to our school in November. We all dressed in maroon for the occasion!
In October Lee Collinson visited the school from England to promote skipping in our school. Each class in the school enjoyed revisiting and learning a variety of skipping steps and techniques. The children learned new skills so quickly, and it was so much fun. Since then we see a huge rise in the number of children skipping and we also promote it in our Active Playground Games.
We had lots of active breaks during Halloween, indoors and outdoors!