Scoil Bhionnáin Naofa, Baile Scadán

Active School Flag









Be Fit, Bí Fuinniúil

Welcome to our specially dedicated page where we outline our vision of an Active School.


The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative, organised through Mayo Education Centre and supported by healthy Ireland, which aims to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community. The Active School Committee involves all staff and two pupils from each class as leaders,  along with two parents who organise the walk to school every day from the church at 8.40am.

Our Active School slogan, which is displayed all around the school, is BE FIT, BÍ FUINNIÚIL, fuinniúil being the Gaeilge for energetic. Please see our Active School noticeboard in the front porch for latest photos and news.

We received our first flag in 2014 and have been working for our second one by continuing to be active, following recommended initiatives, having an Active School Week every year in June and involving as many partnerships with the school as possible throughout the remainder of the year.

Working towards the Flag and being active has enormous benefits for a healthy mind as well as a healthy body!


Work has commenced on our Active School Walkway. This is Christy, our caretaker working with the 6th class Active School Flag (ASF) Committee members to set up the walkway around the school.

Athletics in Morton Stadium

All children who participated in the Fingal Athletics League received a medal.


Laser shooting with Pentathlon Ireland




  • 6th class cycling twice a week with Cycling Ireland

  • Pentathlon Ireland are coming once a week to senior classes

  • Active School tours to Ardgillan, Dublin Zoo, Fort Lucan, Croke Park, National Aquatic Centre and Navan Sports Centre and the National Sports Centre

  • Santry Athletics Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

  • Active Week  11th – 15th June, 2018 - Modern dance, FAI soccer, Leinster rugby, Leinster cricket, HANDBALL Ireland (NEW), Baton twirling, yoga, sports conditioning

  • Sports Day is Tuesday 12th June, 2018. SPORTS DAY- Hurling, football, basketball, soccer, irish dancing, unihoc, bouncy castle, novelty races, soccer, nature walk

  • Staff coastal walk Wednesday 20th June, 2018

  • 5th class hike to Slieve Gullion June 2018

  • Continue healthy eating and lunches

Our Active School Committee



PE timetabling

All classes are timetabled for 60 minutes minimum physical education per week, often supplemented by coaching and matches, active homework and extra-curricular activities.

As well as that we further developed our Outdoor and Adventure strand by integrating Hikes (Slieve Gullion for both staff and pupils) and Field trips into our Geography and History plans for each class level (which were also up for school improvement and renewal this year). Maths trails were designed by senior classes for junior classes along with orienteering and map work skills. The school invested in new tents for senior classes to further develop their outdoor adventures skills and children who are involved in Scouts/Cubs/Ladybirds/ Girl Guides outside of school gave further information to their peers.  As mentioned in another section Easter is a time when children follow trails to match up parts of eggs on the school grounds

Climbing Wall

Term 1 – Dance and Games (Ms Sinéad Lightly and class teachers and Coach Larissa Muldoon)

Children enjoying games

Hurling - even if the grass is wet we ensure children get their coaching time

Term 2 – Aquatics and Gymnastics (3rd class go swimming, remain teachers use land PAWS and integrate SPHE, substantial amount of gymnastics equipment set up in the hall)

Gymnastics equipment

Term 3- Athletics and Outdoor Adventure (class teachers and support teachers)


Posters for 10@10




·         Main website as well as Active section keeps parents and the local community informed about some of our activity.

·         TEXTS are sent home via text-a-parent regarding any Active School initiatives.

·         Training/matches are sent via notes/texts/noticeboard.

Active Gardening

Children tend to the school garden and are

rostered to work on it at lunchtimes, they are encouraged to grow their own

fresh fruit and vegetables at home with programmes such as Incredible Edibles

and even Lidl Ireland with their seed pots.

·         Latest Active Lines

Week  9th April –JUMPING JACKS

Week 16th April –STRIDES

Week 23rd April – ARM ROTATIONS

Week 30th April –SIT UPS

Week OFF

Week 14th May – SQUATS

Week 21st May – CURL and STRETCH

Week 28th May – LUNGES

Week 5th June – HOPPING

Week 12th June – ACTIVE WEEK

Week 19th June – PRESS UPS

Week 25th June –BURPEES


Active Lines

·      5 minutes of running. Focus on stamina rather than pace, Classes use this as a transition or on wet days. (Made more difficult for senior classes by jumping up and clapping on one whistle, bending down and touching two hands off the ground on two whistles.)

·         Homework pass incentive for walking bus

·         Activity rewards for “Golden Time”

·         Active school tours

Active Trip to Trim Castle

Active tours

High jump

Skipping Day

Some of our 5th class pupils enjoying their 10@10

Car Free Zone every Saint Patrick’s weekend - EVERYONE parks at the church and walks to school


               Easter egg hunt senior and junior classes - children paired up to run around and use a map and cones to match one half of an Easter picture with the other (orienteering)



Seachtain na Gaeilge - súil go scoil


 Training Times

Girls’ Gaelic Football - training Tuesday 2.45 - 3.45pm

Senior Boys’ Gaelic Football - training Wednesday - 2.45 - 3.45pm

Junior Boys’ Gaelic football - training Wednesdays 2.45-3.45pm

Athletics - Thursdays - 3-4pm

Ms Kinane, Mr. Devlin, Mr Curtin and Ms Falvey

Boys' Gaelic Football team 2018


Cycling Workshops with 6th class





Here in Balscadden we are very lucky to have such good support from parents and the wider school community and locality.

CPR Training with the Order of Malta

Some of the coaches and volunteers that work with the school are;

Niall Mc Guirk – Fingal Sports Council – Fingal Athletics League (5th and 6th class participate annually).

Owen Mc Grath – Fingal Sports Council – Sports conditioning coaching to classes.

Sports Conditioning session

Larissa Muldoon – O’Dwyer’s GAA – hurling and gaelic football to classes all year and sports day.

Sinéad Lightley- Lightley School of Dance - Irish dancing.

Paul Keogh – FAI Ireland – coaching and Active Week.

– Sports Athletes Ireland.

–  Land PAWS aquatics – whole school.

Mick Breen - Irish Centre for Cycling - cycling 6th class.

Glen Predy - Balbriggan Rugby Club - rugby 4th class.

David and Elaine – Mary Immaculate College, Be Active After School Programme – 1st class.

Shauna Molloy - yoga (After school and Active Week).

Anne Walsh – HSE promotions officer.

Stephen Costello – Leinster Rugby.

Mninawa Mlisana – Pentathlon Ireland


6th Class Cycling - this is taking place twice a week in the third term

Fingal Athletics League - even in the muck there was fun for all.

Term 2 Gymnastics - there is a wide variety of equipment that is used from Junior Infants to Sixth class including climbing wall, climbing (monkeys bars), springboards, beams, pommel horse, trampoline and floor mats.

School Rugby Team - victorious in Balbriggan Rugby Blitz

School Walkability Audit - this integrates with our Green Schools' Initiative

ACTIVE WEEK - Sports for all , emphasis on fun and inclusion

Land PAWS leaflets and booklets distributed to all classes for every child, water safety is extremely important especially coming into summer holidays.