This is an initiative supported by the Dept of Education & Skills, based in Mayo Education Centre. Once awarded this flag is valid for 3 years. This initiative wishes to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated, physically active school community by awarding them the Active School Flag.
Flags were awarded to schools that:
- Follow a P.E. timetable for all students
- Teach a broad, balanced P.E. curriculum
- Inform and invite the whole school community to participate in the ASF process
- Organise an ‘Active School Week’
Healthy minds and bodies “Mens sana in corpore sano” is integral to our planning here in St. Joseph’s. We offer a wide and varied menu of physical activity, both indoor & outdoor as well as instilling the importance of healthy eating.
Local Sports Partnerships
We are lucky that our school has strong connections with local sports organisations such as the Camogie Club, Athletics Club, Gaa Club, Ladies Football Club, Pitch and Putt Club, Badminton Club and Soccer Club. We are very grateful to North Tipperary Sports Partnership with whom we have worked closely over the past few years. We receive the use of Sporthall Athletics equipment for a month each year and are invited to attend the Indoor Track and Field in Nenagh every Spring.
Students from TY in Our Lady’s Secondary School coach our 5th and 6th class girls in Spikeball for a 10 week period each year, culminating in a fun blitz with 4 other schools, hosted by Our Lady’s.
A coach provided by Leinster Rugby came to the school for a 12 week period last year to coach the children from senior infants to 6th class in tag rugby. The children really enjoyed this and participated in a blitz in Roscrea to finish the season. This coaching will resume again early in 2019.
The FAI are also providing soccer coaching once a week for 3rd and 4th classes. This is a 10 week coaching programme which the girls are very much enjoying.
Active Schools Committee:
Our Active Schools Committee has a representative of all classes in the school. This year’s committee is:
Ciara Walsh, Rebecca Quinlan, Caroline Johnston, Zara Hennessy, Bríd Delaney, Ellie Mae Walsh, Emily Rose Devanney, Caoimhe Percy, Tom Kinnane, Tess McGrath, Dara Feehan and Holly Shields
Active Schools Motto
We ran a competition amongst all pupils to choose our Active Schools Motto. We got some fantastic suggestions and the winner was Róisín Percy from 3rd Class with her motto – ‘Let’s Get Active, let’s get fit, we can do this bit by bit!’ This motto is now on display in all classrooms throughout our school.
Along with our scheduled PE lessons we are working hard to include extra activity in each day. Below is an example of a weekly timetable of activity showing just some of the ways we get active in St. Joseph’s
Active Schools Week 2019
Active Schools Week will take place from June 17th to 21st. We look forward to lots of activities like pitch and putt, skipping, tennis, treasure hunt, sponsored walk and of course our sports day.
Here are some pictures of last years activities
Active Schools Noticeboard:
Keep an eye on our Active Schools Noticeboard in the Halla for all of our Active Schools news!
Below are just some of the activities which we’ve been trying out this year!
Ladies Football U13 and U11 teams and 6th Class climbing the Devil’s Bit
Recent Treasure Hunt!