Active School Flag
We are delighted to be working towards renewing our Active Flag in Rathmore N.S. in 2020. Our Active Flag committee is combined with the staff and pupils who work hard on all initiatives together.
Our Slogan: GET OFF YOUR CHAIR, AND GET SOME AIR
Rathmore N.S. is committed to providing high-quality Physical Education to all pupils. All classes receive 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 Junior Infants-6th class also take part in Aquatics, having swimming lessons each year in the Killashee Leisure Centre in Naas.
Teachers use a variety of resources to guide them in delivering quality PE lessons. PSSI Lesson Plans are widely used throughout the school and we have focused on the Dance strand for the school year 2019/2020 in order to build on our resources in this area. Ms Shaw and Mrs Malone part in a PDST Dance course to help improve this area and thanks to them all teachers have access to the lesson plans.
We have introduced the Move Well, Move Often programme to teach the Fundamental Movement Skills to all pupils. These movement skills are available around our schools PE hall for all students and teacher to view and incorporate into their lessons.
Lunchtime Leagues – We run various lunchtime leagues throughout the school year in Hurling and Football. Teams are made up of boys and girls from different classes and matches are played during lunchtime.
Playground Leaders – pupils from 3rd-6th class can sign up to become a Playground Leader. They give up one lunch break per week to play games with the Junior and Senior Classes, ensuring they are active and happy throughout break time. To facilitate this, we have designated active areas in the yard using a variety of different equipment to encourage active play.
Active School Track – We have a designated track around the pitch in our school. One lap of the walkway is 330m, meaning that for every 3 laps you do, you have completed a kilometre.
Active Breaks – All classes take part in active breaks throughout the school day. This includes Go-Noodle, Bizzy Breaks and a variety of classroom movement ideas. On a wet day, if pupils cannot go outside at break time, extra time will be given to movement breaks in the classroom. All classes took part in out Active Break challenge in November. Each class had a chart to fill in and picked their type of activity each day.
Active Homework – Active homework is given every second Thursday to all students in the school. This can consist of 10 jumping jack to dancing to your favourite song.
60 minutes a day Physical Activity Challenge – Our senior classes will be beginning their 60 minute a day physical activity challenge in March. Stay tuned for activities and pictures.
Rathmore Marathon – 5th class are doing Rathmore Marathon. We are recording laps run until we reach 42.2km before the end of June.
Witch Walk – For Halloween the children and staff took part in our Spooky Witch Walk around the school, allowing the children to stretch their legs in their scary costumes.
Crazy Santa Dance – All classes learned a crazy Santa dance for the Christmas period and performed it for the whole school. It was a great success and the children loved it.
Active Breaks in Assembly – During assembly Mr Shaw, Mrs Malone, Mr Bolton and Mr Ryan hold our active breaks where children get onto their feet and practice some exercises. Of course the teachers join in too.
Céilí on yard – During Seachtain na Gaeilge the whole school make a huge effort to speak Gaeilge and to learn the An Dreolín dance and perform this at our Céilí on yard. This links in with our Dance strand the whole school are working on. Of course we practice first in the hall.
Eadestown GAA – we have a very strong school-club link with our local GAA club. We are very lucky to have access to the football pitch which we can use for games. Our GAA coach comes to the school in 6 week blocks and takes every class to work on fundamental GAA skills and of course to have fun.
Naas GAA – We have strong links to another local GAA club. John Holmes comes into the school and takes each class for a block of hurling which they all enjoy.
Leinster Branch Rugby Club – coaches from Leinster RFC development team visit the school for a block of time each year to teach tag rugby skills to our junior/senior classes.
GAA 5-Star – we are partnered with the GAA to become a GAA 5-Star Centre. The GAA 5 Star initiative aims to support and recognise Primary Schools that provide pupils with 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous Gaelic Games activity per week in a manner that ensures the children will experience fun, friendship, fairness and ultimately improve their fitness.
Golf – 4th class take part in indoor golfing activities kindly provided to them by our resident pro Dermot Griffin.
Active week is a week of fun activities held in June, ending each year with our teachers versus student’s soccer match. We have a wide variety of activities throughout the week such as a disco in the yard, circuits and fun activities. We like to try out a new activity each year. We also try to incorporate as much physical activity into our curriculum as possible during this week, for example, doing a Maths Trail or a Minibeast hunt in the school grounds. We have a Suggestion Box in the corridor beside our Active School Notice Board where pupils and parents may give suggestions on what they would like to see during Active Week or in general to make our school more active. Pupils and staff wear tracksuits during Active Week and Active Homework is given throughout the week. It is always one of the most enjoyable weeks in our school.
OUR NEW ACTIVE SLOGAN
Our active slogan is ‘GET OFF YOUR CHAIR, AND GET SOME AIR’. This was the brilliant creation of Ali Dowling in 4th class. Well done Ali.
PE EQUIPMENT AUDIT
We carry out a PE audit once a year, disposing of old and broken equipment. Our resources are clearly labelled and well organised and accessible to all, for a more enjoyable PE experience. We are lucky to have a wide variety of equipment available to us.
ACTIVE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Huge congratulations to the active student of the month for February. These students made a big effort to become more active in school. They are the following;
Junior Infants – Brian Magee & Shay Doran
Senior Infant – Charlie Ashe & Ailbhe Carew
First Class – Kayla Loughlin & Will Gillespie
Second Class – Reuben McCann & J.P Reynolds
Third Class – Lauren Cusack
Fourth Class – Ronan Walsh
Fifth Class – Grace Dowling
Sixth Class – Tom Freeman
ACTIVE SCHOOL SURVEY
We conducted a survey with students and a selection of parents to identify areas that we can improve on to become more active as a whole school. Mrs Malone and all of 5th class are currently gathering all the data and we will have the results of the survey shortly so stay tuned.
FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS
Our Junior infants working on their fundamental movement skills of catching and throwing from the Move Well, Move Often programme.