Active Flag

Active School Flag

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
  • Partnerships
  • 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.

Physical Education

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!

 

 

Physical Activity

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!

After only one week we have reached our destination. As a school we ran 2,999 laps this week. So, we not only reached Paris but we are also over halfway to our next destination of Athens, Greece. A fantastic effort by everyone!

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

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Halloween

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:

  1. Throw your Treats – How many treats (beanbags) can you get in the bucket?
  2. Pumpkin Roll – Pencil roll across mat (one person at a time)
  3. Trick or Trampoline – 10 jumps on mini trampoline, give next person a go
  4. Eyeball Balance – balance (eye)BALL on the racket
  5. Frankenstein – moving like Frankenstein move a ball through the cones with your feet
  6. Spooky Squats – Squat whilst making a spooky face
  7. Tuck Jumps – Pretend you are LEAPING over a pit full of gruesome guts!
  8. Haunted Hurdles – jump over the hurdles, one person at a time
  9. Curl Ups – Lie on the mat and “rise” into a curl up!
  10. Ghost buster – Throw the basketball hitting the ghosts on the wall, one person at a time!
  11. Hockey Ghoul – Shoot the ball at the goal, using a hockey stick
  12. Spider Crawl – Crab walk!
  13. Lava Leap – Avoid the lava by jumping from hoop to hoop
  14. Walk the plank – walk along a bench (mats each side) walk along a line (infants)
  15. 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.

ASF Commitment

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!

ALL classes took part in our Active break a day everyday for 4 weeks challenge. It took place during the national dates: November 11th – December 6th Our Active school committee were super busy checking up on all the classes and ensuring that everyone was filling out their ‘Active Break Chart’ displayed outside their classrooms. The Committee then went around to award every class in the school with a certificate for their achievements and to tell them they had been granted a night of Active Homework for all their hard work. WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!

12 DAYS OF FITNESS

Our committee were so delighted with how active the school had been during November, they wanted to keep it up during the run up to our winter holidays. Our slogan “Keep moving, you’re improving” encouraging us to keep going! The committee came up with a list of ideas to showcase to the classes, ideas that could be used during the days leading up to our break. These activities could be used in the classroom: • 12 days of fitness • Reindeer Pokey • Penguin Dance • Santa Clones Crazy Christmas Dance • Santa Shark Dance • Kids Yoga Christmas Special • Rudolf Relays • Snowball Rolls • Santa dash Check out the pictures, everyone seems to be enjoying these fun activities!!!
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Reindeer Pokey

A "spring" in our step!

The ASF committee have been super busy since the new year. We met in early January where it was decided that the students in our school and committee members wanted to get our yards more active! The ASF committee discussed numerous ways in which we could do this. They have worked very hard and have implemented the following activities during break times: JUNIOR YARD: Every Friday the ASF committee and other volunteers from their classes help the infants to take part in active games and exercise stations on their yard. Some Fridays they have a disco on the yard … this is a big hit with the kids and teachers alike! MIDDLE YARD: Every Wednesday the ASF committee and other volunteers from their classes help to set up games and activities for one class grouping from the middle yard. Games include skipping, target practice, hula hoops, bowling, connect four etc. This also frees up extra space for the other children on the middle yard to have more room to run and play. SENIOR YARD: The ASF committee organised that when the senior children are brought to the field for lunchtime, they bring some equipment with them such as balls and hoops to encourage more movement and activity. The ASF committee are a super bunch of hard working kids who give up their break times to help get our school more active! We thank them and the extra volunteers from their classes! And a big shout out to the teachers giving up their breaks to help supervise the activities! It is much appreciated. Our school is living up to its slogan… “Keep moving, you’re improving”.

European Week of Sport 23rd-30th September 2020

“The week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.” Last year we took part in European School Sports Day during European Week of Sport; we had dancing for the infants and circuits in the hall for the other classes, a whole school event! This year we had to celebrate a little differently. Have a look at the photos to see what different classes were getting up to  In Le Chéile we know the importance of sport and movement for our bodies. We commit to “keep moving, you’re improving!” 

Le Chéile's 5K Walk/Run Friday 26th February 2021

With the sun out and keeping within our 5K limit, we decided to ditch the Zoom lessons for today and go on a 5K walk or run. During the school closure it is important to ensure we continue to keep active as much as possible. There are plenty of ways to do this including online P.E. lessons, step challenges and going out for walks when the weather allows.

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!!!

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Partnerships

IPPEA Competition for European School Sports Day

The Active School committee entered a competition with Irish Primary PE after European Sports Day. We emailed photos and told them all about the wonderful circuits that were set up and run by the committee. They thought we did a brilliant job and sent us some PE equipment to say well done! YEY!!!
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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

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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!

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Active Home Week 2020 April 27th - May 3rd

The feedback we received has been wonderful! Thank you to everyone who sent in photos and videos and a massive well done to each and every one of you who took on the challenge of 60 minutes physical activity each day. You truly are fantastic! Even though Active Home Week is technically over, please continue to keep active! Keeping active helps keep our bodies healthy and is great for our mental health. Just a few minutes of exercise fills our bodies with endorphins improving our mood and making you feel energised! I have put together two video slideshows of all the wonderful videos and photos we received from children and staff; please have a look at some of the ways we have all been keeping active at home! It’s so good to see some familiar faces 🙂 Keep safe! And remember our motto: “Keep moving, you’re improving!” Kim (Active Flag Coordinator)

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Active Home Week Video 2