The ‘Physical Activity’ section of the Active School Flag process refers to any physical activity that takes place outside allocated PE time.
Scoil Bhríde has engaged in whole school and community events to promote physical activity for all.
We recently added an Active School Walkway to our school grounds. This is a marked route around the school that children and teachers can avail of at any time. It is also marked for use with orienteering activities.
Non Competitive Running Initiative
All the children in Scoil Bhríde have taken part in our ‘Run Through Europe’ initiative. Each week the children spent five minutes running laps to clock up the miles and ‘Run Through Europe’. (2018)
In 2019 the children took part in the Daily Mile. Children are given the opportunity to run a number of laps around the yard everyday with the aim of eventually running an entire mile.
Once a week our playground leaders organise activities for the children on the yard to encourage children to get more active, more often.
60 Minutes Physical Activity Challenge
The senior children in the school have been asked to complete the challenge once per term. They record how many minutes of activity they take part in during the day with the aim of getting 60 minutes every day.
At certain times of the year the Active Committee lead the whole school in exercises to complete the 10@10 on Friday mornings.
Seachtain na Gaeilge Céilí
To finish Seachtain na Gaeilge the whole school participates in a céilí. We have been very grateful to the talented teachers that have shared their dancing skills and knowledge over the last few years to ensure that all children and teachers can now dance traditional Irish dances such as Ciorcal Mór, The Walls of Limerick and An Dreoilín.
Scoil Bhríde also works closely with the PTA to engage the whole community in physical activity. Every year to celebrate Saint Brigid’s Day, the PTA organise a ‘Biddy Walk’. Everyone is invited to walk as a group around the local park and return to the school for refreshments.
Family Fun Evening
The Family Fun Evening has become an annual event planned with the help of the PTA. This ‘Fun Evening’ comprises of stations, games, activities and races available for everyone and is a great evening for all to enjoy.
The children enjoy two breaks on yard at 10:30 and 12:35. During this time the children are encouraged to be physically active. Some ways we aim to promote physical activity at break times are outlined below.
Zoned yard-some of our yards are zoned to allow children to engage in a variety of activity at break times.
PE equipment- Children are encouraged to make use of equipment at break times.
Once a week our playground leaders organise activities for the children on the yard to encourage children to get more active, more often
Active Break Every Day
In 2019 the children took part in the Daily Mile. This year in 2020 we have every one of our 27 classes taking part in the Daily Mile. This means that every day the children get an opportunity to run laps of the yard.
On rainy days teacher make us of the website ‘GoNoodle’ to ensure the children are active every day regardless of the weather.
Wall of Fame
We reward students being physically active by placing their picture on the ‘Wall of Fame’ acknowledging any achievements they have made in any area of physical activity.