Active Flag Committee 2018-2019
Here’s a photo of our Active Flag Committee with some new pupil and staff members for the coming school year. The Active Flag Committee will meet once a month. Pupil members of the committee will bring suggestions from their classes, relay news from our meetings to their classes, maintain our PE equipment, help make our yard more active and work on various other initiatives over the course of the year.
PE in Ashbourne ETNS
As we enter our second month of this school year here’s an outline of what you can expect to hear your child is learning about in PE.
We’re very fortunate to have a host of coaches coming in for sessions this term. Martin and Moira are continuing their GAA coaching on Tuesdays, Anne O’Meara from Cricket Ireland is exposing our pupils to cricket on Wednesdays whilst Kevin is facilitating tag rugby sessions on Thursdays. We hope to have FAI run soccer sessions starting soon also.
PE days will change occasionally for pupils as we share these sessions amongst all our classes.
Athletics, games, gymnastics and then dance will be taught for the remainder of 2018. Our speaker will be dusted off for December’s ‘dance’ lessons, part of the PE curriculum.
Gymnastics with Akaash
Following an Active Flag Committee meeting where pupils expressed an interest in having gymnastics sessions during Active Week we reached out to a local gymnastics class provider and Akash from Wave Gymnastics kindly volunteered his time to come and teach our two fourth classes a few basics. Akash stressed the importance of warming up properly and played some warm up games followed by simple jumps and poses. The class then progressed to learning how to perform a forward roll in the correct way, with the back of the neck and not the head making contact with the floor! This was followed by learning the steps involved in doing a handstand and then a cartwheel. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Thanks to Akash for facilitating this. For any pupils interested in pursuing the further development of their gymnastic skills details on Akash’s classes can be found here Wave Gymnastics Ashbourne
Akash doing a handstand
PE at Ashbourne ETNS
As per curriculum guidelines all pupils in our school are taught a minimum of 60 minutes PE per week. We generally teach this in two separate sessions to help contribute to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity that children require each day. If you’d like to read more about the PE curriculum have a look at this link: http://PE curriculum online
Every year our pupils are taught lessons from the six strands: Athletics, Games, Gymnastics, Outdoor and Adventure Activities and Aquatics. As we don’t have a pool on the premises our pupils from 3rd-5th Class have been taking swimming lessons in Gym Plus this year and enjoying a nice walk there and back!
Fourth Class Embarking on their Walk and Swim
Fourth Class Go Swimming!
PE Resources for teachers in Ashbourne ETNS
Ashbourne ETNS shoot hoops in St. Luke’s!