Kilcoe National School

Skibbereen, Co. Cork

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Active Schools

As an Active School we Aim:

  • To raise awareness of the value and importance of physical education in primary schools.

  • To acknowledge the professional contribution or the class teacher as the driving force for physical education, physical activity and sport in the school.

  • To make explicit the teaching and learning opportunities afforded by PE.

  • To generate the support and involvement during the course of Active School Week and over the course of the school year.

  • To generate the support and involvement of the wider school community during the course of Active School Week and over the course of the school year.

  • To acknowledge the creativity, initiative and commitment of a school community in the promotion of a physically educated school population.


Physical Education.

  • Our  Physical Education Curriculum is divided into six strands.

        Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure Activities, Aquatics.

       Each year we aim to cover five of these strands comprehensively.

  • Full participation by all children dictates our success criteria. The curriculum is designed to be spiral in nature, as the children progress through the school, they will experience opportunities to refine and develop their skills, abilities, knowledge and appreciation of each strand.

  • Whilst the class teacher is responsible for delivering the overall Physical Education programme, from time to time we engage outside expertise to help us in this process.


To Promote  

  • The importance of enjoyment and play

  • Maximum participation by all children

  • The development of skills and understanding

  • A balance between contact and non contact activities

  • Opportunities for achievement for each child

  • Activities equally suitable for boys and girls


We would like to acknowledge the following partnerships who were involved in helping us deliver our physical education programme.

  • “Cycle Right” Townsend Street, Skibberen, Co Cork.

  • Cork County Council.

  • The Westlodge Hotel, Bantry Co Cork.

  • The East End Hotel , Schull, Co Cork

  • The West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen, Co Cork.

  • Body Active Fitness Center, Jonathan Davis, Main Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork.

  • G.A.A. Clubs, Ilen Rovers, O Donovan Rossa,

  • West Cork Education Center, Dunmanway, Co Cork.

  • Timetable for Active Schools Week.

  • Monday 23rd April Circuit of activities around school. All children.

  • Tuesday 24th Obstacle course in yard, incorporating throwing, kicking, running, skipping.

  • Wednesday Ceili in the hall. Training with Parents for Sciath na Scoil

  • Thursday Sciath na Scoil, 1st round Parents assisting.

  • Friday Nature walk. All children and some parents.

  • 10 at 10 to be used from RTE player on whiteboards.

Preparing for the Active School Flag

This year we are working towards renewing our 'Active School Flag'. This is a Department of Education initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community. At present we have Wake Up and Shake Up dance routines which we do in the mornings. We are also trying to vary the games we play at break time. Some of the games we are enjoying are hockey, rounders, dodge ball, hulla hooping and skipping. Infants to second class completed a 4 week block of swimming classes in Schull swimming pool in the first term and third to 6th attend classes at The Westlodge Hotel in Bantry.  Throughout the year we will be continuing to encourage our pupils to be physically active and will highlight the importance of 'being active' both in school and in our local community.

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Raising the Active Flag- June 2015


We are proud to announce that we were awarded our first Active Flag in June 2015

About the Active School Flag Project:


The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community, by awarding them with an Active School Flag (ASF).

To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website   –


One of the highlights of our school calendar was our Active Week where there was a fantastic timetable of events planned for the whole school.


PAWS Water Safety

We completed our PAWS water safety lessons with Caroline Conway and our local Gardaí. All classes attended swimming lessons in the West Lodge Hotel Bantry and Schull Harbour Hotel.