Active Schools

Active Schools

This year the pupils and staff of Scoil Áine are working towards an Active Schools Flag for our school. The aim of this initiative is to encourage children and teachers to be more active, get more exercise, and to take greater care of our minds and bodies. Visit the active
schools website for more information on this initiative.

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An Active School Slogan competition was held throughout the school in October. Our slogan was created by Sophia in Mr. D Lawlors class.

Our Active School Slogan is:

'Be active and have some fun. 60 minutes and all is done.'

by Sophia, 6th class (Scoil Áine Naofa Active Schools Slogan)


Active Schools news

October 2020:

Whole School Initiative Launch- 5k and Far Away.

We are going to complete a virtual walk around Ireland and visit different towns and cities. When we have reached different destinations we will explore these areas on Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Street View.

Our first challenge was to see how many kilometres we could travel as a school on our annual sponsored walk. Collectively, we walked a total of 14km which is the same distance as Scoil Áine Naofa to O' Connell Street!


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September 2020:

Our school is taking part in the European School Sports Day Initiative. Each week we are going to complete an active challenge. For the first active challenge, the children were encouraged to walk or run 2020 (or more) steps for the year 2020! Some classes completed this challenge in the classroom by walking on the spot. Some children recorded the amount of steps they walked/ran on yard and totalled their steps at the end of the day.

Have a look at some of the fantastic art work that the children created for European School Sports Day.

Follow the link to find out more about the initiative:




April 2020:

Active Home Week 27th April-3rd May

Unfortunately due to Covid 19 we could not go ahead with our Active Schools Week in school. So instead, we took part in the 'Active Home Week' challenge.

Each day we set a different challenge for the children to try. Mr Lawlor recorded these challenges and the children received them on google classroom. Teachers also provided the children with PE at home videos and the ideas cloud to encourage children to be active for at least 60 minutes every day.

We had an amazing response to the 'Active Home Week' challenge and many children and families sent us their videos of them being active at home.The staff of Scoil Áine also took part and created challenges of their own!!

February 2020:

For the month of February we had some outdoor music to keep everyone moving in the cold weather!

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January 2020:

All classes took part in Operation transformations 10@10 for the month of January. What a great way to actively kickstart the new year!

December 2019:

The Active School committee decided to add more activity into the month of December. The whole school took part in the ’12 Active Days of Christmas’. Have a look at the 12 Activities below.

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On the last day of school before Christmas the whole school took part in a Santa Fun Run in Lucan Harriers running track. Santa himself even made an appearance!!





Santa Dash Video

November 2019:

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Our Active Schools Launch Day was on Friday the 15th of November. All children, and teachers, really enjoyed the day.

We had activities like :

  • Walk to school
  • Lunch time concert with DJ Greene
  • 10@10
  • Active lines
  • Cha- cha slide
  • A motivational speech from James Casserly

We can't wait to continue activities like these throughout the school year. Well done everyone!

The P.E. curriculum

Physical Education is allocated 1 hour per week of overall teaching time. In these lessons teachers use a range of resources and equipment.

There are 6 strands in the P.E. curriculum:

  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Games
  • Gymnastics
  • Outdoor and Adventure
  • Aquatics

All teachers are following the same P.E. plan which focuses on a different strand each month. Here are some of the wonderful lessons in action.


Physical activity:

All teachers encourage physical activity throughout the school day. All children have two outdoor breaks throughout the school day. There are four yards- one for 3rd/4th classes, one for 5th/6th classes, a walking yard to ensure inclusivity for all and an area to use outdoor equipment. Our fantastic Active Schools committee lead these activities every day for the classes using the equipment that day.


For the month of February we had some outdoor music to keep everyone moving in the cold weather!

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Children also have movement breaks throughout the school day in the classroom through websites like GoNoodle, Just Dance etc.


Our Active Schools committee consists of 10 children; 2 from 3rd class, 2 from 4th class, 3 from 5th class and 3 from 6th class. So far they have been doing an excellent job in encouraging the school to be more active. They facilitate Active Lines throughout the year and organise the outdoor equipment at lunch time, while proudly wearing their Active Schools vest.

Throughout the year we have involvement from different outdoor agencies:

  • GAA coach takes various classes throughout the year for football and hurling.
  • 5th classes took part in Marathon Kids in November where they ran an overall distance of 26. 2 miles.
  • GoNoodle and active dance breaks.
  • All classes take part in Operation Transformations 10@10 workouts for the month of January.
  • In October we had coaches from Hockey Ireland working with 3rd classes over a 6 week period.

18 2021
Mid Term Break
17 2021
School Closure
Letter from the Minister for Education
Remote Learning Plan 2021
Annual Report 2019/20
Please click the link to view our Christmas Carol Service.
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Co Dublin,

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