Active Schools

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.

Latest Active Schools News

12 Days of Fitmas

We got word this week that Mrs Claus has put Santa on a very strict training regime to prepare him…

Dance in Room 4 5th Class

The Dance strand helps children to learn through dance and to learn about dance. Through dance, children are encouraged to…

Meath Team Visit

Today we welcomed Aoibheann Cleary and Maire O’ Shaughnessy from the Meath Ladies Team to St. Declan’s. The  ladies team…

School Marathon

We had a super day of sunshine for our school marathon. Our school pitch was cut leaving perfect running conditions…

CONGRATULATIONS

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the Meath Ladies Gaelic Football Team on their fantastic win in Croke Park against Dublin to crown…

Active Schools Week

We had a very busy week in St. Declan’s last week for Active Week. On Monday we had our Senior…

Active Schools Week

Active schools week takes place in St. Declan’s next week. We have a number of fun activities planned for the…

Good luck Martin

Best of luck to Martin Lynch Games Promotion Officer with Leinster GAA who is retiring this month. Martin has worked…

12 days of Fitmas

We have started the 12 days of Fitmas this week. All going well we will get to renew our Active…

Gymnastics in Room 3

Gymnastics helps build self-morale, determination, and better communication and co-ordination skills for children of all ages. Participating in gymnastics from…

GAA Coaching in St. Declan’s NS

We started back our GAA training with Martin and Caroline from Donaghmore Ashbourne GFC. The playing and development of Gaelic…

Fitter Younger Marathon

We had a great day today at our marathon. The sun was shining all day and all classes participated in…

6th Class Beep Test

Here in St. Declan’s we are as committed as ever to our Physical Education and overall well-being. Normally, September would…

Fitter Younger Marathon

Fitter Younger Marathon fundraiser is a very unique event that involves getting everyone in our school to combine our efforts…