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
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.
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
Active Week 11th –
15th June, 2018 - Modern dance, FAI soccer, Leinster rugby,
Leinster cricket, HANDBALL Ireland (NEW), Baton twirling, yoga, sports
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
5th class hike to
Slieve Gullion June 2018
Continue healthy eating
All classes are
timetabled for 60 minutes minimum physical education per week, often
supplemented by coaching and matches, active homework and
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
Term 1 – Dance and Games
(Ms Sinéad Lightly and class teachers and Coach Larissa Muldoon)
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)
Term 3- Athletics and
Outdoor Adventure (class teachers and support teachers)
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.
sent via notes/texts/noticeboard.
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
April – ARM ROTATIONS
April –SIT UPS
Week 14th May
Week 21st May
– CURL and STRETCH
Week 28th May
Week 5th June
June – ACTIVE WEEK
June – PRESS UPS
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
Active school tours
Active Trip to Trim Castle
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
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
Gaelic Football - training Tuesday 2.45 - 3.45pm
Boys’ Gaelic Football - training Wednesday - 2.45 - 3.45pm
Boys’ Gaelic football - training Wednesdays 2.45-3.45pm
Athletics - Thursdays - 3-4pm
Ms Kinane, Mr. Devlin, Mr
Curtin and Ms Falvey
Football team 2018
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.
with the Order of Malta
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.
Larissa Muldoon –
O’Dwyer’s GAA – hurling and gaelic football to classes all year and
Sinéad Lightley- Lightley
School of Dance - Irish dancing.
Paul Keogh – FAI Ireland
– coaching and Active Week.
– Sports Athletes
– Land PAWS
aquatics – whole school.
Breen - Irish Centre for Cycling - cycling 6th class.
Predy - Balbriggan Rugby Club - rugby 4th class.
David and Elaine – Mary
Immaculate College, Be Active After School Programme – 1st
Molloy - yoga (After school and Active Week).
Anne Walsh – HSE
Stephen Costello –
Mlisana – Pentathlon
Cycling - this is taking place twice a week in the third term
Athletics League - even in the muck there was fun for all.
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
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