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Active Schools Flag:

The school is striving to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. With help from our teachers, students, parents and wider community we hope that in 2018 our school will be recognised as an official ‘Active School’. As always, when the school community puts its’ collective mind to something we can achieve great things. This will be no different. So with everyone’s help, ideas and support, we expect to be flying the Active School Flag with pride at the end of this school year.


What is the Active School Flag?

The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often. Schools must self-evaluate their current provision across 3 areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools must also organise an Active School Week. Schools that can say ‘yes’ to all of the ASF success criteria will be awarded with the active flag.  


ASF is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website



Active Schools Week May 2021:

We participated in Active Schools Week 2021 from May 4th - 7th. There was a variety of fun activities organised for all pupils in the school (see weekly schedule here).

Active Schools Week was a fantastic success and the children really enjoyed it. The children took part in many healthy activities including nature trails, relay races such as hoola hoop racing and wiggle worm racing! soccer penalty pandemonium with the principal being the goalkeeper! basketball, hurling, camogie and a run around Ireland activity daily! Thank you to the teachers for organising a great week for the children.

We are currently working on the renewal of our Active School Flag. Another healthy initiative we have introduced this term is ‘walking and talking’ in the class bubbles in designated areas before school starts each morning. The children are enjoying this wellbeing and exercise activity in a safe environment.

You can see photos of the week’s events on our school Twitter page or on our website in the news section which has our Twitter feed.


Active Schools Week 2018:

We will be participating in Active Schools Week 2018 from Monday, April 23rd to Friday, April 27th. There will be a variety of fun activities organised for all pupils in the school (see weekly schedule below).



Members of the Guilfoyle family (Ireland’s Fittest Family contestants) will run a fitness bootcamp from 12:30p.m.


Clare Sports Partnership will provide a fun day of sport in the school. This full day of activity was won by the school as a result of our participation in the Clare Active Homework Challenge.

Our weekly G.A.A. Training with Ann McMahon will continue as usual for all classes on this day.


Magda will return at 10a.m. for a ‘top-up’ gymnastics session for all classes. In the afternoon, John McCarthy (Lahinch Surf School) will run a surfing workshop with pupils in the senior classes.


Thursday will be ‘Jersey Day’. On this day, pupils will wear their club or county jerseys. Children can choose to wear their club colours if they do not have a jersey.

All children will also participate in a Zumba & Zumba Pound workshop.


The Míle an Tamhnaigh will take place on Friday morning. This has been a tradition in the school for many years where all pupils in the school, run/jog/walk a mile. All pupils are asked to bring €2, which is donated to the Toonagh Hall Committee as a gesture for their support in providing the school with such a fabulous facility.

Pupils from 3rd-6th will continue with their swimming lessons.


Daily Activities:

• We will continue with our ‘talking while we walk’ in the mornings from 9:10a.m. – 9:20a.m.

• There will be a variety of P.E. equipment made available to pupils to use at break/lunch times.

• A daily ‘disco’ will take place at break and lunch times.


For the duration of the week, pupils will wear their school tracksuit.


I would like to thank our Active Schools co-ordinator (Ms. Barry) for putting together such an exciting line-up for the Active Schools Week. I would also like to thank our Parents’ Association who are sponsoring many of the activities throughout the week. Finally, I would like to thank our Active Schools Committee, who will help out with the above activities throughout the week. The pupils in 6th Class have volunteered to form the committee this year and have been exceptional in this role since the beginning of the school year.