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Active School Flag

 

 

In March 2017 Ardscoil Phádraig were awarded the Active Schools Flag, becoming the first secondary school in the county to be awarded this flag. We have been working towards this flag for the past two years, enhancing all areas of physical activity within the school. Areas of focus included updating and increasing the variety of sports equipment, including more variety for lunchtime activities such as table tennis, uni-hoc, basketball, soccer, badminton, boxercise, circuits and running club, ensuring students were offered a broad and balanced PE curriculum from all seven strands with great variety throughout the year in each class, giving students more of a say on what is offered in the school through questionnaires, creating links with parents and the community, offering great variety during active schools week and recognition of students success in and outside of school in a variety of sports and physical activity pursuits.

Building on this year, next year students will be offered GAA, soccer, basketball, pitch and putt, athletics and badminton as part of the extra-curricular sports program. The school pitch will re-open in September so we are optimistic about increasing physical activity participation even more next year.

Ardscoil Phádraig is also offering Physical Education as a short course to incoming first years in a bid to enhance overall physical activity levels and promote social, physical, mental and emotional health through practical and theory PE. Students will now be assessed in PE and their grades will appear on their junior cycle portfolio of achievement at the end of third year.

Well done to all members of the active schools committee and to the whole school community for promoting our school as an active school and enhancing physical activity levels in school and outside of school through links with the broader community. We will have the flag for three years, when we can reapply to retain the flag as we have more goals in sight to further develop physical activity over the coming years.

 

 

 

 

 



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