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. The Active Flag committee under the leadership and guidance of Ms. Keena work tirelessly in ensuring we are all active and healthy.
Our school places huge emphasis on physical activity in school and at home. All classes receive a minimum of 60 minutes of formal PE lessons each week. All classes are taught the strands of Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Outdoor & Adventure each year. Pupils from 2nd class upwards also take part in Aquatics, and have swimming lessons in Athlone Regional Sports Centre.
Physical activity is important not only during P.E. class but throughout the school day. Here at St. Brigids we have a number of initiatives in place to ensure we are active for as long as possible throughout the day.
We have two breaks throughout the day where we are encouraged to go outside and play. Our yard is zoned into separate areas according to class groupings. We have markings on the yard to encourage us to play games. We also have basketball courts and green lawns in front of our school where we can play soccer and football. We are also lucky that we can use Moate Community School pitch for matches, football training and Sports Day. Our school also has the enviable location so close to the greenway where we can go for runs and walks.
Children in our school have opportunities to join our football team, coached by Ms. Bermingham and Ms. Kavanagh. The children are also coached in basketball, soccer, GAA and dance!
On wet days the girls and boys still stay active by participating in Go Noodle exercises and dance routines.
Each year teachers and children enjoy Active week where we get to try new sports and activities. During this week our Sports Day also takes place.
We also organise a 5km run every year and teachers, pupils and the wider community enjoy this event.