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Active School Flag

Physical Education

St. Dympna’s N.S are currently working towards attaining our first Active School Flag.

What is the Active School Flag?

Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The Active School Flag 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.
Over the last 12 months we have been very busy in St Dympna’s N.S working on the following areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. We will be organising exciting activities throughout the year and an Active School Week in Term 3.

In St.Dympna’s N.S each class receives at least an hour per week of physical education. All classes are taught 5 different PE strands each year: Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventure. By taking part in the Active School Flag programme it has helped us to focus on an improved provision of Physical Education in the school. Teachers use the Primary Schools’ Sport Initiate to help when teaching and delivering the different strands as well as the “Move Well, Move Often “programme. The strands are also supported by our visiting GAA coach Dylan who takes classes in 6 week blocks throughout the year.


The strand units of the Games curriculum include:
Sending, receiving and travelling
Creating and playing games
Understanding and appreciation of games
In Term 1 we focused on the Games strand with the aim of developing the fundamental movement skill of catching.
During Games lessons children were provided with opportunities to develop skills, create and play games, understand and appreciate new and familiar games.  The children have opportunities to develop skills and understanding through enjoyable individual, small group and team activities.


The strand units of the athletics curriculum include:
Understanding and appreciation of athletics
In October we focused on the Athletics strand with the aim of developing the fundamental movement skill of running.
When delivering the athletics programme it was important to provide opportunities for the child to challenge him/herself to run using the correct technique while exploring the concepts of running over distance, relays, hurdling and sprinting.


The strand units of the dance curriculum include:
Exploration, creation and performance of dance
Understanding and appreciation of dance
Throughout November we are focusing on Creative Dance alongside developing the fundamental movement skill of skipping.
The emphasis of Dance is always on enjoyment and full involvement by the children and opportunities are provided for the children to be creators, performers and an audience of Dance while exploring concepts such as body shapes, body actions, levels, directions, mirror movement and rhythm.
In Term 1, the students of 3rd and 5th class have dance classes in preparation for the school play “The Jungle Story”. This is in partnership with Mullingar Arts Centre


The strand units of the gymnastics curriculum include.
Understanding and appreciation of gymnastics
We will focus on this strand in our Physical Education lessons in December,where we will practise all the basic movement actions of balancing, rolling, turning, twisting, stretching, climbing, transferring weight with a variety of rolls.

Outdoor and Adventure

The strand units of the Outdoor and Adventure curriculum include:
Outdoor Challenges
Understanding and appreciation of outdoor and adventure activities. This year, as part of the ASF initiative, it was decided by the PE team to select Outdoor and Adventure as the strand for development within the school.
We will focus on this strand in our Physical Education lessons in January and February.
The PE team have made an orienteering map of our new school.In term 3 we will set up orienteering courses around the school, using our map and the lessons from the PSSI website. The activities in this strand help to develop appreciation and enjoyment of the great outdoors.  The activities are team-orientated and develop social skills.  Some involve map-reading and problem-solving, coming to group decisions, developing leadership qualities and taking calculated risks.

Orienteering in 1st Class

The first class have been busy lately orienteering!


The school has been focusing on Outdoor and Adventure Activities in P.E. this term as part of the Active Schools Flag.


Using maps provided by Miss Judge, the first class got stuck into the orienteering and really enjoyed the experience!


Well done to our future cartographers!


Active Schools' Committee

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The Active Schools Students Committee is in full session!

As part of the Active School Flag, the sixth class have formed a committee to help all be active.

Currently, the sixth have been helping the Infants stay active at the break.

Well done to our committee!

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Scavenger Hunt

As part of the Active School Flag, the different classes have been focusing on the Outdoor Adventure and Activities strand this term.


Recently, the sixth class participated in a Scavenger Hunt around the school!


They had great fun trying to find different pieces of information hidden around the school in everyday questions!


Well done to the sixth on their successful scavenger hunt!

Senior Infants' Active Flag Work!

Senior Infants have been working hard with the Active Schools Committee lately.

They have been practising in the hall every day, doing different activities.

Look at their work with the the Active School Committee from sixth class!

Fit Infants!



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