In June of 2014 we achieved the Active School Flag for St. Colmans by engaging in a number of processes to improve activity levels in our school.
The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education in 2009.
It is a non-competitive initiative which seeks to recognise schools (both primary and post primary) that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community.
In order to be awarded the Active School Flag, schools must:
1. Commit to a process of self evaluation in terms of the PE programmes and physical opportunities that they offer
2. Plan and implement a series of changes that will enhance PE and extracurricular provision and promote physical activity
The initiative encourages a partnership approach. It empowers schools to become more proactive in approaching groups like National Governing Bodies (NGBs), Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs), the HSE, Education Centres and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) to help and support them to develop their PE programmes and to promote physical activity
Once awarded the Active School Flag remains valid for a period of three years.
We are currently seeking to renew our Active School Flag.
Orienteering Obstacle Challenge
As part of our focus on the O&A strand of the Curriculum, 5th and 6th classes undertook an Orienteering Obstacle Challenge. They developed and demonstrated all the physical skills needed for orienteering: agility, balance, coordination (and sometimes speed) whilst holding and looking at the map!
ASF Committee Planning Meeting