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The pupils and staff of Scoil Aiséirí Chríost have been working towards Active School Flag accreditation. During the past year, many changes have taken place in our school to promote physical activity and to encourage everyone to become more active. We have been very busy in our efforts to gain our Active School Flag. These are some of activities that have been organised and running in our school:


Walk on Wednesday (WOW Day)
Golden Boot

A WOW (Walk on Wednesday) Day is currently running in our school on the first Wednesday of the month. Children are encouraged to make a special effort to walk or cycle to school on this day, where it is safe to do so. The Golden Boot Awards are awarded to the classes with the highest percentage of active travel. The winning classes from the Junior Infants to Second Class and from Third to Sixth Class are awarded these Golden Boots for their efforts.



ASCommitteeActive School Flag Committee
An Active School Flag Committee was set up. This committee is comprised of girls from 4th, 5th and 6th Class. These girls meet regularly with the Active School Flag Co-ordinator to complete activities such as the Walk on Wednesday (WOW Day) surveys, to plan activities for the Active School Week and to make suggestions for further activities and changes on behalf of their respective classes.





Active School Flag Notice Board notice board
The Active School notice board is updated regularly following events such as the Active School Week, Cork City Sports and the Sciath na Scol competitions. The WOW Day winners of each month and the Active School Flag Committee members are on display on this board.



Active School Flag Suggestion BoxSuggestion Box
An Active School Flag Suggestion Box was made and was set up in a central location in reception in the school for children to post their ideas in. The Active School Flag Committee pupil representatives are in charge of checking this regularly and relaying any information and suggestions to the Active School Flag coordinator.

posterActive Achievers Classroom Poster
Each classroom has an Active Achievers poster outside the door. Teachers can list the names of the girls who were active at the weekend and involved in sporting activities. This poster is visible to all and children can see their name proudly on display.



Active School Week
An Active School Week takes place annually to promote active living, physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Our first Active School Week took place from 29th May to 3rd May 2013. During this week, everyone made a special effort to be more physically active and to be involved in fun sporting activities. These activities included  DEAR (Drop Everything And Run) , Active Stations , Wake Up and Shake Up, the Active School Rap in the playground every morning, Teddy Bear’s Picnics, An Active Assembly and Active Homework. This week was a great success and was enjoyed by the whole school.

teddy bears picnichalla


Spring Term Fitness Classes
Fifth Class girls are currently taking part in Fit for Life classes every Friday morning in the school hall.  The aim of these classes is to promote a holistic approach to healthy living. Children explore topics such as nutrition and healthy eating, anatomy and taking care of the body, aerobic exercises and movement, collaborate and team-building activities and stretches and posture. The Fifth Class girls are really enjoying these sessions and are having fun getting fit.


Bizzy Breaksbizzybreaks
All classes in the school are getting active everyday with their Bizzy Breaks. Bizzy Break is a series of activitiesfor the classroom, designed to get pupils moving on the spot for 5 – 10 minutes at a time. These activities are great for waking the children up during the day and getting their heartrates up after they’ve been working hard at their desks. The children love these classroom exercises and the teachers don’t mind getting up and moving either.




This autumn we introduced Zumba classes in Scoil Aiséirí Chríost. The classes were open to parents, grandparents and people from the Farranree community. There was demand from the parents for an active class and Zumba seemed a popular choice. Helen was a fantastic enthusiastic teacher who encouraged everyone to partake to the best of their ability. The classes were mainly Zumba dance with a flavouring of belly dancing and line dancing. It proved a big hit and there were approximately fifteen people at each class. They were run during the school day to accommodate mums and finished in time to collect their children.




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