Welcome to the St Dominic’s NS Active Flag page for our school. Our staff and Active School Flag committee have been busy working on promoting the 4 strands to help achieve our goal of becoming an Active Flag school.

Physical Education

  • All pupils in our school are timetabled for 60 minutes a week by teachers through their weekly timetables.
  • All classes are taught at least 5 different PE strands each year. In 3rd Class, our pupils attend swimming once a week to explore the Aquatics strand in greater detail. Water Safety is explored by other classes in greater detail.
  • Our school plans were revised in 2019 to ensure that there is a balance in the amount of time spent teaching each strand.
  • In 2019/2020, our teachers have decided to focus on the Dance strand as an area to strengthen our delivery of during PE lessons.
  • All teachers have been provided with folders of the PSSI PE lessons to enhance their teaching of PE.
  • Our school teaches the Land PAWS Water Safety Programme to one class level each year.
  • Our school ensures that PE lessons are accessible and inclusive for all pupils.
  • PE progress is reported at our November Parent-Teacher Meetings and is commented on in our end-of-year written reports.
  • A large amount of CPD in the area of PE has been carried out amongst staff in the past 12 months.
  • Our Assistant Principal II, Ms Pyne, carries out an audit of PE equipment each year, disposing of old and broken equipment. Ms Pyne is also responsible for keeping our PE Storeroom organised and in excellent shape. This area is well labelled and it is very easy to find resources.

Physical Activity

  • All pupils in our school are allocated 2 playground breaks each day. Our 1st break is at 10.30am – 10.40am, with our 2nd break taking place at 12.30pm – 1.00pm.
  • Children are encouraged to run around during these periods.
  • Our school yard is zoned to allow pupils to engage in different activities. At present, we have areas for football, basketball, hopscotch and other playground games. We plan on enhancing these in future.
  • Our school facilitates the use of sports equipment during break times. At the moment, children are allowed use footballs, basketballs, cones and skipping ropes. We hope to improve the variety of options in the future.
  • Over the coming weeks, pupils in our school will begin training to become Playground Leaders, enabling them to lead our variety of activities during play times.
  • An active walkway is currently being designed to enable children to ‘do their walking while they’re talking’ during breaks.
  • All our classes completed the ‘Active Break Every Day’ challenge this year.
  • After indoor yards as a result of the rain, it is school policy for all teachers to engage in active physical breaks throughout the day. This may include dance breaks, exercise breaks or outdoor breaks when there is a momentary lapse of rain outside.
  • In March 2020, our school completed the ‘Run a Day’ challenge which involved every class running laps of our school yard.
  • Our school actively promotes physical activity throughout the year with various events e.g. our Santa Dash in December, our Sponsored Walk in May or our annual Sports Days amongst many others.
  • All of our ASF physical activities are planned to be accessible to all pupils.

Partnerships

  • We held a whole-school competition to choose our active school flag slogan ‘Forget  the snooze button, hit the move button!’. This winning slogan was chosen by the Active Schools Flag Committee. Well done to Sarah in 6th Class for creating the winning slogan!
  • Our Active Schools Flag Committee contains members from a range of different classes in our school. They have been established since September 2019 and meet regularly with Ms Pyne, Mr Looney and other teachers to discuss all aspects of our Active Schools Flag process. Our pupils have many different leadership roles, such as researchers who conduct surveys, organisers who help host events etc.
  • Our senior pupils conducted a ‘What Club are You in?’ survey in October 2019 to ascertain the levels of club involvement outside of school amongst our pupils.
  • Our school hosts a ‘Sports Star of the Week’ award highlighting pupils who achieve success through effort in their sporting endeavours inside and outside of school. We host an annual sports awards ceremony at the end of each year to appreciate our pupils’ sporting efforts also.
  • Our school emailed the Local Sports Partnership, Local HSE Health Promotion Officer and local Sports Inclusion Disability Officer to help improve our partnerships.
  • We hosted a local clubs sports membership information event in the school hall which aimed to encourage our pupils to join a range of different organisations in their local community.

Active Home Week 

  • We are hosting an Active Home Week in our school in April 2020. It runs from Monday 27th April – Friday 1st May.
  • Please send completed activity charts to activeflag@stdominicsns.ie with any photos or videos of the children engaging in our active challenges.
  • All our events are accessible and inclusive to all members of the school community.
  • Our teachers are creating daily challenges for you to complete – check them out on the school website, Facebook page or Twitter account.
  • All pupils and staff are wearing tracksuits for the week so as to benefit as much as possible from the physical activities.
  • All aspects of the curriculum have a physical activity focus through cross-curricular learning throughout the week. Our teachers are also putting emphasis on completing active home week work as part of their daily teaching through distance learning.
  • Our teachers are assigning active homework for the duration of the week.
  • We have organised a whole school fun event during the week – our online Friday assembly will all be focused on the photos and videos we received and sharing them with pupils, parents and staff.
  • Our school has organised a pupil vs teachers event for Active Home Week – teachers have organised lots of different challenges for pupils to partake in such as dance challenges, football challenges etc. Please see the links below for more details.
  • Parents are actively encouraged to participate in Active Home Week events.
  • We have worked with local sports clubs to provide online activities for pupils to carry out at home – details with suggested activities have been sent out via email to parents/guardians.
  • We are encouraging pupils to exercise within the current 2km restriction, visiting local parks if they are safely able to do so.

Links to website posts for Active Home Week Challenges:

Active Home Week Challenge 1.

Active Home Week Challenges 2 & 3.

Active Home Week Challenges 4 & 5.

Active Home Week Challenges 6 & 7.

Active Home Week Challenges 7 & 8.

Active Home Week Challenge 9 & The Dance Video.

Links to website posts which showcase the work our Active School Committee:

Active Home Week.

Ms Clarke’s class engaging in an Active Break.

Inclusive Sensory Paths showing our efforts to make activity breaks accessible to all.

Our Santa Dash showing our efforts of promoting physical activity across the whole school.

Active Break Every Day Challenge.

Partnerships – local GAA club Thomas Davis visit our school with their Dublin representatives and the Sam Maguire and Brendan Martin Cups.

Our Active Schools Flag Slogan.

Lunchtime Activities – 4th Class Girls Futsal Lunchtime League.

Highlighting Sporting Achievement – our winning Boys Junior Gaelic team.

Active Break Challenge.

Sports Club Showcase.

Lunchtime Activities – 4th Class Boys Futsal Lunchtime League.

Join a Club Initiative.

Our Active Schools Flag Journey Begins.

Local Sports Partnerships – Thomas Davis GAA.

Looking After Your Child’s Wellbeing – Local Partnerships.

Mental Health Supports – Local Partnerships.

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Irish Dancing Activities.

Boys Football – Showcase.