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.
For the month of February, we are undertaking the “Active Breaks Challenge”. Each class in the school will have at least one break every day for the whole month. The breaks can be running breaks, exercise breaks or dance breaks. We will keep you updated with photographs of these breaks throughout the month. Sounds like lots of fun!
Week 1 Completed
This week all classes put a huge effort into completing their Active Breaks, despite the bad weather. A lot of fun was had and plenty of shapes were thrown during the week. Well done to all!
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!
Active Break challenge – a BIG success!
12 DAYS OF FITNESS
A "spring" in our step!
European Week of Sport 23rd-30th September 2020
Le Chéile's 5K Walk/Run Friday 26th February 2021
2021 Active School Slogan Competition
CONGRATULATIONS to our 12 Slogan Competition finalists. We are very proud of you all and look forward to finding out which of your fantastic slogans will be our new school slogan moving forward. We will find out soon …
…and the winner is Roisín from Nicola’s 5th class with her slogan: “Walk, run, think and play. These are active things we do everyday.”
2021 ACTIVE YARDS
The Active Schools committee worked hard getting our yards more active. Every child from Junior infants, Senior Infants, 1st classes and 2nd classes have received their own light bouncy ball to play with during break times. The middle classes have received a number of large bouncy balls and targets to play with and senior classes have been given basketballs to play with during break times. The middle and senior children are also allowed to bring in skipping ropes to use during break times. Everyone is really enjoying playing with this new equipment at lunchtimes and it really is getting everyone active and moving! Thank you to our committee for their hard work and to our school for funding this new equipment.
RUN AROUND IRELAND CHALLENGE
There is fierce competition in our school at the moment as we take part in the Run Around Ireland Challenge. It is an AS challenge which is running nationally for four weeks. We started on Monday the 23rd of March and we will finish on the Friday of Active School Week. Each class has been running and walking laps of our walkway, each lap equates to 1km. We clock our kms and we visit different Irish Landmarks all over our country. The children are enjoying the exercise and learning all about different tourist attractions in Ireland. There will be prizes for the classes who run the furthest distance! KEEP IT UP!!!
IPPEA Competition for European School Sports Day
Active School Week
Active School Week 2021
We had a really great time during Active School Week. We had many fun activities organized throughout the week:
- WAKE UP, SHAKE UP: Music and dance in the mornings on arrival to school.
- Movement breaks throughout each day
- Run Around Ireland Challenge
- Active Stations: a timetabled circuit for all to enjoy
- Animal Walks for the Infants
- Active Homework set for the week
- Daily Challenges set by staff and coaches
- Children and staff wore active wear for the week
- Certificates were awarded to all who took part.
Look at the video to see some of the fun we had during Active Week and read some reports about Active Week written by 1st Class. We cannot wait for next year!
Friday 30th April
What a fantastic week it has been. The sun shone(for the most part) and it was fantastic to see children being active in school everywhere we looked. A big thank you to Kim for organising a jam packed week of fun and engaging activities for the whole school. We hope you enjoyed the challenge videos at home and remember to continue being active every day. We will be in touch soon to announce the winners of the Run Around Ireland Challenge. For now here are today’s challenges set by Nicola’s 5th Class and Aimée. Enjoy!
Thursday 29th April
Today’s challenges were set by Heather and Elaine. Let us know how many you got! Perhaps they will demonstrate their skills for you in school tomorrow!
Wednesday 28th April
We hope everyone is enjoying the extra active activities in school so far this week. Hopefully, the weather will continue to be kind to us! Today’s challenges are from David and Claire! Tomorrow’s activities include another toilet roll themed challenge! Have fun!
Tuesday 27th April 2021
We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s challenges and your Active Homework. Today’s challenges were set by Susan Mc and Clodagh. We’d love to hear how you get on with these….don’t forget to bring the chairs and toilet rolls back in afterwards!
Remember to check out the website tomorrow for some more fun challenges.
Monday April 26th 2021
Thanks to Kim and Conor(St. Colmcille’s) for our first 2 challenges to kickstart our Active Week! Let us know how you get on and don’t forget to check out the website again tomorrow for some more challenges, including an interesting one from our principal!
ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK 2021
We are getting ready to celebrate our first Active School week in Le Chéile … we are decorating our windows and running laps for our Run around Ireland Challenge. During Active week, there will be lots of fun events in our school to encourage us all to get active. The World Health Organisation recommends that every child needs to be active for 60 minutes every day to be healthy. There will be lots of fun activities and ACTIVE HOMEWORK set for the week. Every day there will be a challenge for the children to try out at home, so please look at the school website each day for the videos… from coaches and teachers HAVE FUN!