The Process: There are lots of criteria we have to meet to receive the flag. We are confident this will be an enjoyable and beneficial experience for all members of our school community.
There are targets outlined for 4 clear areas which need to be achieved.
The 4 areas are:
- Physical Education
- Physical Activity
- Active School Week
We, at Le Chéile are currently working towards gaining an Active School Flag for our school. It is recommended that all children get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.
We are hoping that by engaging in this process, the above will become more achievable for all our pupils. Along with improving the physical health of our pupils we believe we will see knock-on effects in the classrooms also eg; increased concentration and focus.
Our Active Flag Committee
Our committee is made up of 8 boys and girls from 5th and 6th Class. Being active is something they are interested in and they are already coming up with great ideas to inspire the rest of the school. The committee’s first task was to spread the word about the Active School Flag. They visited all the classes with this news and told the pupils about our first project. We have asked the pupils to come up with a slogan for our “getting active” campaign. In addition to this the pupils were asked to design a poster around it. The closing date for entries is February 1st. The winning slogan will be adopted as our tagline in our attempt to get our school more active. Best of luck everyone.
As part of our running breaks, we are hoping to run around Europe. The committee surveyed the children as to which city we will run to first. The result was Paris, France. We will use our new walkway to achieve this as a whole school. Every lap of the walkway equals 1 kilometre. That means, we will have to run 1,073 laps of the walkway to reach our destination of Paris. The committee will add up how many laps we cover each week and we will keep you updated as we go along. Paris, here we come!
European Week of Sport
European Week of Sport 23rd – 30th September
In Le Chéile we pride ourselves on being an Active School. During European Sports week, we talked about the importance of being active and living a healthy lifestyle. On Friday the 27th of September the whole school took part in European School Sports Day. Our Infant Classes danced their socks off on the yard, with the help of some wonderful 6th class dancers!!! They had a ball and cannot wait to do it again soon! The rest of the school took part in a circuit activity set up in the hall where every class had to complete a circuit of 15 stations with the guidance of our 6th class Boot Camp instructors!!! With exercises including burpees, mountain climbers, scissor jumps (no actual scissors were involved here!), step ups and many more. The tunes were pumping and the children were amazing as always. A great day was had, super effort made by all!!! Well Done J
SPOOKY HALLOWE’EN CIRCUITS
We had great fun being Active before the midterm break with our Halloween inspired exercise stations. Some 6th class children came up with the “Spooky” circuits for everyone to enjoy!
Here are the stations they came up with:
- Throw your Treats – How many treats (beanbags) can you get in the bucket?
- Pumpkin Roll – Pencil roll across mat (one person at a time)
- Trick or Trampoline – 10 jumps on mini trampoline, give next person a go
- Eyeball Balance – balance (eye)BALL on the racket
- Frankenstein – moving like Frankenstein move a ball through the cones with your feet
- Spooky Squats – Squat whilst making a spooky face
- Tuck Jumps – Pretend you are LEAPING over a pit full of gruesome guts!
- Haunted Hurdles – jump over the hurdles, one person at a time
- Curl Ups – Lie on the mat and “rise” into a curl up!
- Ghost buster – Throw the basketball hitting the ghosts on the wall, one person at a time!
- Hockey Ghoul – Shoot the ball at the goal, using a hockey stick
- Spider Crawl – Crab walk!
- Lava Leap – Avoid the lava by jumping from hoop to hoop
- Walk the plank – walk along a bench (mats each side) walk along a line (infants)
- Zombie Step ups – Place hands on the wall (like a zombie) step up on the bench
Active School Slogan Competition
In October we ran a competition for our new Active School Slogan. 1st to 6th classes were asked to come up with a catchy slogan to get us up and moving and to remind us to STAY ACTIVE!!! The junior classes got involved by taking part in a colouring competition.
All of the pictures and slogan entries were fantastic and the Active School Committee had a really tricky job picking a winner from each class. The winners received a certificate and a Homework Pass; these were presented to them by the ASF committee at an assembly before the midterm break.
Our winners from each class were:
Junior Infants (Laura) – Rosa
Senior Infants (Aimee) – Grace
1st Class (Sorcha) – Brooke
1st Class (Treasa) – Dylan
2nd Class (Clodagh) – Teagan
2nd Class (Heather) – Sophie
3rd Class (Maureen) – Jack
3rd Class (Nicola) – Cecilia
4th Class (Roisín) – Willow
5th Class (David) – Alex
5th Class (Fiona) – Eva
6th Class (Susan) – Eva
6th Class (Arianna) – Isabel
Our overall winner of the slogan competition was Eva from Fiona’s 5th Class! Well done Eva!
Eva’s slogan will be our Active School Slogan for the year, the slogan was:
Keep on moving you’re improving!
At Assembly Eva was presented with her certificate, homework pass and also won an “Additional ACTIVE Time” token for her whole class! Well done Eva! J Eva’s winning slogan will be displayed on our Active School Notice Board.
Our Active School Commitment
Our School knows that physical Activity helps us to:
- Stay Healthy
- Have Fun
- Concentrate and focus
The pupils and staff of Le Chéile want to get more ACTIVE. Every child and staff member has signed our Active School Commitment. All our signatures are displayed on our Active School Flag Noticeboard!
“KEEP ON MOVING YOU’RE IMPROVING!”
‘Active Break Every Day’ challenge November 11th- December 6th
One of the ASF success criteria requires schools to organise an ‘Active Break Every Day’ challenge as a whole school activity. While schools are free to run this challenge at any point in the year we are completing it during the national dates: November 11th – December 6th
The ASF committee members have visited all classes to explain the ‘Active Break’ challenge (each class must complete an active break during class time each day; this may be a walkway break, dance or exercise break) the committee also delivered a laminated challenge chart to each classroom. Which they have placed outside their classroom door, the committee members will check the progress of each class over the coming weeks
Each week the committee will award each participating class with a sticker on their chart … at the end of the four weeks, the classes who achieve four stickers will be awarded a certificate for participating and a night of “ACTIVE HOMEWORK” instead of written homework. SO everyone at home gets to be more active too!
Keep on moving, you’re improving!