The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The Active School Flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often. Our challenge will be to find interesting and exciting ways to energize the school day because active children are happy learners!
Research shows that all children require 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. It is the shared duty of parents and schools to encourage children to be active. Research shows that 80% of Irish children do not reach this daily target. As a result the Department of Education and Skills supported by Healthy Ireland have established the Active School Flag initiative.
Please keep an eye on the website for updates on how we have been getting active in school! Also, we know that parents have some brilliant ideas on how we could increase physical activity levels of our children. There will be a suggestion box located at the main office in the school soon if you would like to share your ideas with us or else contact Ms McDermott.
Please click on the above link to read our P.E. Policy, which we as a staff created for the pupils in our school.
We identified our vision for all the children ‘to support the children in our school to achieve their potential, to the best of their ability, through an engaging and enjoyable teaching environment. Through our school’s Physical Education programme, we aim to help pupils take an interest in physical activity during their free time, at home, in the community and at school. We recognise the role of Physical Education in providing children with a truly balanced and child-centered active education.’
We also established key aims:
- to promote the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child
- to develop positive personal qualities
- to help in the acquisition of an appropriate range of movement skills in a variety of contexts
- to promote understanding and knowledge of the various aspects of movement
- to develop an appreciation of movement and the use of the body as an instrument of expression and creativity
- to promote enjoyment of, and positive attitudes towards, physical activity and its contribution to lifelong health-related fitness, thus preparing the child for the active and purposeful use of leisure time.
Faughart Community National School is very proud to work in partnership with other agencies promoting active and healthy bodies.
- Healthy Promoting Schools
- Louth GAA Sports Partnership
- Roche Emmets GAA
- Leinster Rugby
Active News - June 2021
We launched Active School week 2021 by supporting the fundraising efforts of our colleagues in Ard Rí CNS. Pupils, staff and the wider school community in Navan are raising money to facilitate the medical treatment of one of their pupils. Pupils wore their ASW colours as they completed the 5K event.
Pupils enjoyed activities that focused on the skills of throwing, kicking, landing and jumping over the course of three days.
Pupils were asked to wear their team colours of green, white and orange a second time on the final day of Active schools week for traditional sports day activities.
These included running and balancing races, tug of war, lots of team spirit and a tasty summer treat!
Check out some of the highlights from Active week 2021.
Active News - May 2021
We donned our runners and packed the rain jackets as we kicked off our "Run around Ireland" challenge.
The ASF committee measured the perimeter of our school pitch and calculated the total distance from our school to each of the landmarks included in our challenge, including the Aran Islands and Mizen Head, The Giant's Causeway and Hook Head Lighthouse.
Active News - April 2021
In late April, we decided to incorporate some exercise into our evening routine by assigning weekly active homework. Each challenge focused on one of our fifteen FMS. Lots of our parents and siblings got involved as we aimed to #WorkoutonWednesday
Active News - March 2021
This month we have been focusing on developing the fundamental movement skill of balancing within the dance strand. All classes have enjoyed exploring, creating and preforming different styles of dance including folk and Irish dance.
On March 26th we came together as a whole school community to preform 'Jersualema'.
This month we elected an Active School flag committee, compromising of one pupil from 1st - 6th class. The students will work alongside Ms McDermott to plan, organise and lead various initatives throughout the school year.
Cheiliúramar Seachtain na Gaeilge agus lá fhéile Padráig mar scoil iomlán le paráid sa chlós.
Caith gach dúine eadaí glasa agus mháirseálamar timpeall fhearann na scoile. Ina dhiadh sin ghlacamar páirt i babhta traenála agus bhain na daltaí an taitneamh as.