The Active School Flag
The Active School Flag is a Department of Education & Skills initiative which sets to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically active school community.
St. Declan’s is a very active school and we received our first flag in 2017. We are hoping to renew our Active School Flag in this coming academic year. Our school has always been very aware of the importance of physical activity and the benefits it holds for adults and children alike.
It allows schools to reinforce the message that not only is physical activity good for you but it also very enjoyable. It provides schools with an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the physical activity opportunities that are available in their locality and to work collaboratively with students, parents and members of the community.
Here in St Declan’s N.S we are participating in The Active School Flag initiative. The aim of this initiative is recognizing schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. St Declan’s has brought about a number of improvements to increase pupil physical activity level. Our school offers a wide range of activities to pupils in extracurricular clubs to ensure plenty of active participation. Our school teaches a broad and balanced PE Programme and staff members have engaged in CPD to assist teaching and learning in PE.
The Active School Committee
In order to renew our Active School Flag we have elected an active school committee in the form of our students.The committee is made up of pupils from third to sixth class and they shall be busy throughout the year organsing lots of fun and physical activities throughout the coming year. Mr Farrell, Mr Ryan, Ms Mc Dermott, Ms Quinlan, Ms Joyce and Ms Curran are also on the active school committee. You can see what we have been up to in our news items below or on our Twitter page @decsash!
Fundamental Movement Skills
In St Declan’s we encourage physical activity throughout the school day by including active breaks, an hour of PE among many other active initiatives throughout the school year. We place a particular emphasis on the Fundamental Movement Skills(FMS).
Developing basic movement skills is as important for a child’s health and ability to do everyday tasks now and as they get older, as it is for their performance in sport. In our School we use the ‘Move Well, Move Often’ programme to teach and learn the Fundamental Movement Skills and it has been designed to complement the teaching of the Irish Primary School Physical Education (PE) Curriculum.