Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland.

 

The Active School Flag process seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

Pupils and staff of Scoil Assaim were honoured to be awarded a prestigious Active School Flag in June 2015.

Although Scoil Assaim is known to be a school which encourages lots of sport and activity, the ASF process demanded of us to identify all ways in which we could improve our levels of physical activity and get as many people as possible involved.

We therefore have an ASF committee, including staff members and fantastic pupil representatives from our Fifth and Sixth Classes. We meet and brainstorm regularly in September; and thereafter, we run, dance, plank, sail, bat, kick and stretch our way through the year!

We, at Scoil Assaim, thoroughly enjoy the Active School Flag process. The beautiful sky blue flag we were awarded in 2015 flies proudly over our yard each day, and serves to remind us of the importance and fun of physical activity in our lives.  We hope to be awarded the flag once again, this year

ACTIVE WEEK

Active Week is an annual event in our school calendar. This is a vibrant, fun-filled week of early-morning running, dance, ‘busy breaks’ in class, badminton, tennis, volleyball, GAA, yoga, rugby, taekwondo, soccer, fitness circuits and outdoor and adventure activities. Check out each class page to see more photographs of our fun filled week!

If you have any suggestions, boys, as to how you'd like to see Physical Education and sporting activities developed in Scoil Assaim, just drop your ideas into the Suggestion Box located on the bottom corridor! 

Maybe you have an idea for a new activity to include in Active Schools' Week?

Let us know!

 

 

PARTNERSHIPS

We are very lucky to have formed lots of partnerships with local clubs and organisations, in developing and promoting, Physical Education and activity here in Scoil Assaim.  We visit St Anne's Park for their Astro facility and Park tennis.  We work with Raheny GAA and Killester's Taekwondo club.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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We use the Astro facilities in St Anne's Park on Thursdays and the boys enjoy a variety of sports and activities on this wonderful pitch every week.  We've taken the opportunity to record our trip to the pitch and back, each week, in the RUN AROUND EUROPE CHALLENGE.  Each class have clocked up over 1000km, equating to a run to London, Paris or Brussels!

 

We enjoy weekly coaching sessions with the GAA coach, Will, in the Autumn term.  The training is held in Raheny's GAA Astro facility.  A combination of skills, drills and lots of fun games keep us warm and energised on those cold and frosty mornings!

 

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We have been lucky enough to receive lessons by Niall from the Killester Taekwon-Do Club.  Each class had the opportunity to explore  the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks dodges and interception with the hands, arms and feet!  

 

 

We also visit St Anne's Tennis Courts regularly and are lucky to have our own professional tennis coach, Lisa, on staff.  

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education (PE) is a very important subject to us here in Scoil Assaim!  It provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement. It contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. Children can experience the joy of physical exertion and the satisfaction of achievement while developing the skills of positive attitude that enhance self-esteem.

 
Through PE we aim to help children develop physically as well as socially, emotionally and intellectually. We use PE in our school to support children in every aspect of their lives and development. To achieve that goal, we use our agreed approach to teaching PE and the content of the curriculum programme at each year level.

The PE curriculum is for children from junior infants to sixth class. It provides a balanced range of activities for children through the six strands:

• Athletics
• Dance
• Gymnastics
• Games
• Outdoor and adventure activities
• Aquatics

We have focused on the development of the GAMES strand this year.  We have implemented games to include sending, receiving and travelling.  Teachers and pupils at each year group have created and played a variety of games and have developed their understanding and appreciation of a large range of fun games.