Active School Flag

The school is currently working towards our first Active Schools Flag. The Active School Flag (ASF) initiative is a Department of Education and Skills initiative (DES) supported by Healthy Ireland (HI) which aims to get more schools, more active, more often. It is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

ASF forms part of the National Physical Activity Plan and the Healthy Ireland vision where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and well-being to their full potential, and where well-being is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.


Physical Education programme

Each class participates in a minimum of one hour timetabled physical Education per week. Pupils take part in lessons that cover the strands of the Physical Education Curriculum – Athletics, Dance, Games, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventure activities. 1st-6th Class also take part in the aquatics strand. These lessons take place in the hall and in the playground and school grounds.

Click here to view our Physical Education Policy.

Our P.E. equipment and resources are clearly labelled, well organised and easily accessible.


Physical Activity Initiatives

In addition to PE lessons pupils take part in many fun activities to stay active. Our school day is regularly revitalized within the classroom with ‘brain break’ activities thanks to the Go Noodle website, the Bizzy Breaks programme and teacher led physical movement breaks. These regular brain breaks boost energy levels fuelling the children’s brains for further learning. These breaks are particularly important on rainy days when we can’t get outside and movement breaks are extended on these days.

We have many initiatives to promote activity throughout the day and school year. These include the  game of the week,   whole school walks, céilís, using the playground markings and having active rewards, such as for line of the week.

Teachers also use activity throughout the curriculum. For example maths trails, nature walks, tours of the school, Deir O Gradaigh as Gaeilge.


We have good partnerships with local sports clubs, who come in during the year to give taster sessions, including Athy Rugby Club and Grangenolvin G.F.C.

Active Flag slogan

The children came up with all sorts of catchy slogans to remind us to stay active. These can be read on our active school board. The active schools committee decided that the below was a really fun slogan and it is now our active school slogan.