The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools more active, more often.Schools wishing to achieve the ASF begin the process by self-evaluating their current provision across 3 areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools must also organise an Active School Week programme and commit to having it as part of their annual school calendar. Schools that can say ‘yes’ to all of the ASF success criteria will be awarded the active flag. The flag remains valid for a period of 3 years, after which time schools will be invited to re-apply.
ASF is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland.
Why Get Active?
Did you know that four out of five children in the Republic of Ireland are still not getting enough exercise, posing serious risks to their health and well-being? Being active helps release chemicals in your brain (endorphins) which have a positive effect on your mood, not to mention the benefits to your heart, lungs, muscles and bones. Getting out and being active is also a great way to manage stress.
Health Benefits: Physical activity helps children to…
• Improve agility, balance and co-ordination
• Feel more energised
• Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression
• Generate more energy
• Improve their physical and mental wellbeing
• Maintain healthy weight
• Improve concentration
• Improve self-esteem and help them feel good about themselves
• Develop friendships
Our Active School Committee:
This is part of our weekly curriculum.
St. Anthony’s is getting active for Christmas with the St Anthony’s 12 Days of Fitness. A new exercise is added each day & will culminate in a Super Santa Circuit on the 21st of December. Let’s get Active!
There was great fun in St.Anthony’s when all classes took part in the Super Santa Circuit. This was a culmination of our 12 Days of Fitness! The activities covered cardio, strength, stability & a lot more. Everyone got active & had fun.
Boys from 1st-3rd class dressed up for Halloween. There was a Halloween disco in the gym and the boys danced to Halloween themed songs.
4th, 5th and 6th class enjoyed some Halloween pumpkin bowling on the day of the midterm holidays.
5th & 6th class took part in the inaugural St Anthony’s Conker Competition.
Congratulations to the winning St Anthony’s team in the recent Sciath na Scol Final.
A speaker from the RSA visited classes in our school to speak about road safety.
Active Schools’ Week