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
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
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
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
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.
• 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.