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Our 1st Active School Flag


Thanks to Seamie Harding and Declan Flynn from the Shelmalier Ladies Football for all the fun skills and drills we did today. 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd displayed great potential.

Congratulations to Cian Doyle in the senior end on choosing the St. Ibars N.S. motto 'Be Cool Be Active'.
Congratulations to Harry Hillis in the junior end on drawing a fantastic picture on what Active means to him.

Walk/run a mile with a smile
5th class are steaming ahead with over    miles clocked up at the end of day one. 2nd class are putting in a massive effort with     miles on the board.   Keep up the good work!

Free Swim
Thanks to Whites and the Maldron for their free swim pass per pupil.

Active Schools Week


                                               The Active School Flag

The Active School Flag is a department of Education and Skills initiative
which seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated
and physically active school community. St. Ibar’s N.S is a very active school and we are hoping to get our Active School Flag this year. To achieve the flag we will work on new innovative exciting ways to encourage all pupils to become more active. We will endeavour to get pupils more active at playtime as well as providing opportunities to experience a wide variety of sports as well as maintaining sports more traditional to our school.

We are having our Active School Week from 27th April to the 1st May. Everyone is really looking forward to this week as we will get to try out lots of different sports and fun activities. The teachers and our Active School Committee have organised lots of fun activities for us. These included walk a mile with a smile, GAA training, a talk on Water Safety, lunch time games, gymnastice, athletics and much much more! In conjunction with Mrs. Kavanagh and the Green Schools committee we will also be encouraging pupils to continue to take part in SCWOW (scoot, cycle, walk on Wednesday).

Buntús Teacher Training                                                                                      
As part of Croke Park hours the teachers took part in a four hour training session based on the Games strand of the P.E. curriculum. The training was extremely interesting and helpful for teachers and the school was provided with a range of new resources and activity cards as a result of taking part. These resources were obtained from the Irish Sports Council. We are excited about using them to help enrich our PE Lessons.

Take a peek at what we have been up to…
Having put together a committee of excited and inspiring members of our school community, we began reviewing our School PE Plan, the development of resources for all strand areas and we organised the printing of Lesson Plans for all classes, in all strand areas.

The Active School Flag committee is currently working tirelessly to get sports clubs and instructors involved in our ASF process. To date, we have organised demonstration in the areas of Gymnastics with thanks to Gymstars, Gaelic Football, athletics, Stretch n’ Grow and  PAWS (On Land aquatics) to name but a few! Over the coming weeks, we will hopefully presenting a skipping workshops and the R.S.A. will be talking on the importance of road Safety with more workshops in the pipe line.
T.Y. students from Méanscoil Gharman danced their way through the day. Pupils had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed learning all the different moves and getting active through dance. 6th class pupils were especially good at the shuffle.

Active Slogan
The Active Flag committee organised an active slogan competition for pupils. The winning slogan will be prominently displayed on the active school notice board.

Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme: The FOOD DUDES came to our school every day for 16 days, delivering some fabulous fresh fruit and vegetables. We all got a small packet / piece of fruit AND vegetables which we were asked to eat and as a result…. we would win a super cool prize!!!
We did excellently and really enjoyed the food dudes fruit and vegetables, as well as their letters and videos that were sent to us daily and of course, we LOVED the prizes they sent us.
Since then, we have been using the special Food Dudes Lunch Boxes for our own fruit and vegetables which we bring to school every day – and we are still winning prizes!!!!!

We have had a fantastic few months participating and engaging in many different sporting events around the school and we have been having lots of fun, especially now that the weather is improving and we can get outside a little more…The highlight of our school calendar this year has to be our Active Week, which is taking place during National Active Week 27th April – 1st May 2015. We have a FANTASTIC timetable of events planned for our whole school community during Active Week, so keep your eyes peeled and watch out for all the fun activities taking place. Posters will be displayed around the school in the coming weeks. If you feel you can assist with any activities on any day during Active Week, please let us know, ASAP! To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website

FAI Primary Schools 5's, March 21st, 2014
Two soccer teams travelled to Ferry Carraig Park all-weather facility for the annual FAI 5-a-side soccer competition on Thursday April 11th. Our A team played superbly and are through to the Leinsters. Our B team lost out on score difference in qualifying for the final. They all had a great day and most importantly really enjoyed the day and played as a team. The FAI Primary School 5-a-side is a competition hosted by FAI Schools, which is an affiliate of the FAI. With over 1,000 schools taking part, the 5-a-side is the most popular primary schools sporting event in Ireland. The hugely popular competition is open to boys and girls from primary schools across Ireland. The competition is organised on a county, regional and provincial basis, before the best schools take part in the overall FAI 5-a-side finals.

Rackard League
Rackard League is in full swing with both codes participating in hurling and camogie. Best of luck to Ms. Bolger and all the players. See our sports section or league for up to date scores.
Ms. Dempsey and the Rounders Team will be participating in the school leagues. This promises to be a fun and buzy year for all.

Lunch-time Leagues
During Active Schools Week a lunchtime soccer tournament has been organised for interested pupils. Teams are made up of pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th.  Lots of interest and excitement is being shown towards these matches. After active school week leagues will continue every Tuesday after Active School Week.

Active Garden Committee
Our garden committee led by Regina Kehoe meet once a week to get active planting. We are participating in the incredible edibles which our Active garden committee will sow.  

Resources for Parents                                                                                           
Here are some ‘Active Ideas’ for home:
• Go for pre- or post-dinner walks
• Turn up the music and boogie down!
• Make a game out of household chores.
• Sneak workouts into other activities i.e. taking the stairs instead of the escalator.
• Turn TV ad breaks into fitness breaks.
• Have a weekly sports night, where everyone in the family gets involved.
• Let the kids help with work in the yard and with gardening – catch leaves, raking, sorting, digging, planting, etc.
• Walk the dog.

Here are some more fantastic resources for parents to encourage even more physical activity at home:

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