Kilcoe National School
Skibbereen, Co. Cork
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.
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
Preparing for the Active School Flag
This year we are embarking on a new project as we work towards receiving an '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, throwing the javelin, dodge ball, hulla hooping and skipping. Infants to second class completed a 6week block of swimming classes in Baltimore swimming pool in the first term and third to 6th are currently attending their classes. 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.
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 – http://www.activeschoolflag.ie
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 Activities included Aussie Rules, All Day Sports Day, Active Games in the Halla