In St. Brendan's N.S., we try in incorporate our Active Flag into all areas of our school life. We believe that a healthy mind and a healthy body are the way forward for our pupils. Every morning we do activities for 10 minutes before formal teaching begins, these activities vary from running exercises and HIIT workouts to mindfulness and well-being sessions. We are busy at lunch-times giving our older children the opportunity to lead the younger children in yard games. We have a very full timetable of activities every week between camogie/hurling and football training to running and athletics; we aim to include as many children as possible on our journey to become as active, fit and healthy as we can.
Our Active School Committee is made up of boys and girls from 1st - 6th classes, under the careful guidance of Ms. Hennessy and Ms. Campion. The committee meets regularly to create new initiatives and discuss the best ways of making our school the most active school in the country! Under the committees watchful eye, we have started our new yard timetable where it is hoped everyone will get a chance to make the most of lunch time outside.
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 wishing to achieve the ASF begin the process by self-evaluating their current provision across 3 areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools must also organise an Active School Week programme and commit to having it as part of their annual school calendar. Schools that can say ‘yes’ to all of the ASF success criteria will be awarded with the active flag. The flag remains valid for a period of 3 years after which time schools will be invited to re-apply.ASF is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland.
P.E. is an integral part of our curriculum with pupils taking part in a variety of classes for 60 minutes each week.
We place a huge emphasis on Physical Activity on our school. We have exercises every morning before we start our day and we incorporate activities into our calendar year ie. our Halloween Dance and our Santa Run.
We are lucky to have many visitors help us on our Active Flag journey; older classes get instruction on cycling on our roads, fitness trainers come to give classes, dance teachers come to show us how to strut our stuff and we have had lots of visits from our local hurling superstars.
We are very proud of our Active Flag and are working very hard on getting our second flag this year.
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