Monday, 5 November 2018

Active Flag

We here at  SS Peter and Paul JNS are striving to achieve a more active school community.
With help from our teachers, students, parents and wider community we hope our school will be recognised as an official ‘Active School’ and be rewarded with an Active School Flag.

______Yoga in School_____

Not only are we trying to improve the children's physical activity in school, we are also helping them to relax their bodies and soothe their minds. The junior infants have therefore been practising Cosmic Yoga in the classroom. It is a great way for the children to slow down and focus their brains which in turn improves concentration levels. Why not take the time to try it at home as a family, turn off all screens, put on some relaxing music and stretch out those muscles. 

__Fundamental Movement Skills__
Each month we will be concentrating on one Fundamental Movement Skill taken from the Physical Literacy programme-Move Well, Move Often
For the month of October, we will focus on Running. Our Active Flag noticeboard in the school hall is filled with pictures of famous athletes and there are also suggestions for running activities the classes can participate in during their P.E lessons. Each month this noticeboard will be changed to showcase a new Fundamental Movement Skill. 

__________Junior parkrun________

On Sunday the 30th September our school teamed up with Balbriggan Junior parkrun. We encouraged all of our students to get out and get active as they ran the 2km around the course. We are delighted to announce it was a great success. There was a fantastic turnout from children in junior infants up as far as second class. We really hope the children and parents loved it so much that they will continue to participate every week. For more information on Balbriggan Junior parkrun and to check out your finishing time and leader board, visit:
Take a look at some of the photos below to see the fun that was had. 

____European Week of Sport___
22nd -30th September

The European Week of Sport ran from the 22nd-30th September and was a week long celebration of sport and physical activity. Sport Ireland is the National Coordinating Body for the European Week of Sport in Ireland. 

Tour of Europe Challenge
As part of European Week of Sport, we here at SS Peter and Paul JNS decided to increase the amount of physical activity we already do by taking part in the Tour of Europe Challenge. This is where our first and second classes completed their Daily Miles and recorded the distance they ran at the end of the week. We tallied all the kilometres together and calculated where in Europe we have travelled to. In total we ran a distance of 1347.25km - this brought us as far as Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. 
Well done everyone!!

To find out more about the Tour of Europe Challenge, click on the image above. 

National Fitness Day: 27th September 2018
National Fitness Day took place this year on Thursday 27th September and was a day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays in Ireland. 
We decided to mark this occasion by hosting a Take on the Teacher Challenge. 
The junior and senior infants had a Dance Off with their class teachers. It was a great success. Mr Donovan went into each infant class to show the class teachers his best disco moves but unfortunately they weren't up to scratch and in the end ALL of the infant classes won the Dance Off. Hard luck teachers!!
 Rm 5

Rm 14

 First and Second classes competed against the teachers in a Skipping Competition. They all did really well and all but one class beat the class teacher!
Rm 6

 Rm 7

Rm 8

Rm 10

For more information on European Week of Sport visit: 

___Our Active School Motto and Mascot__

We held a competition for the boys and girls to think of an original idea for our school's Active Flag motto and mascot. There were some fantastic entries. In the end the winners were Maia and Caelan. Maia came up with our motto..DON'T SIT, BE FIT and Caelan designed our mascot, Beep Bop1 Well done to both of you. 

Our Active School Committee
We are delighted to present our fantastic new Active School Committee. The children were chosen from 1st and 2nd classes. They have the important job of ensuring that our yard lines are kept active at break times whilst also coming up with as many varied ways as possible for the school to GET ACTIVE in a FUN way. They will also be keeping the classes informed of events that will be taking place throughout the year as we work towards our Active Flag. 
Zack Kelly, Eleanor Rocho, Darragh O Brien, Caitlin Stuart, Alex Everitt, Ahad Bager, Rebecca Moore, Daniel Cash, Adam, Ellis, Amy McCaffety, Scott Mulvey, Caysie Richardson, Isabel Mallon, Cayden Richardson, Abbie Donnelly and Kyle Blaszak



Our first ever Active School Week ran from Monday 11th June to Friday 15th June 2018. It was filled with lots of fun games and activities to suit all levels of abilities. Thankfully the sun stayed shining for most of the week so the boys and girls were able to get outside and enjoy getting fit and active.

To view all the fantastic activities we took part in as part of Active School Week 2018 click here