Category Archives: Physical Activity

Sports Day 2018

Simon and Nicola presenting members of the Active Flag Committee and parent volunteer Lynn with our new croquet equipment!


The rain held off on the 20th June for our Sports Day, held in Donaghmore’s fantastic facilities. Simon and Nicola from Croquet Ireland, Anne O’Mara, Meath’s Cricket Development Officer, Gráinne and her team from Killegland AFC and a host of parents and teachers facilitated stations on the day. Thanks to Audrey, the two Traceys, Ruth,Karen and Lynn for all their work on the day along with all the teachers who helped with the set up and David and Michael’s well organised after lunch races. Our parent and family spectators added to the great atmosphere on the day.

Our pupils were taken with the game of croquet- new to most of us! Simon and Nicola patiently explained some basic techniques and very kindly donated a set of croquet equipment to the school so as we can continue to experiment with our newly discovered croquet skills!

Anne had groups batting and will organise cricket’s return to Ashbourne ETNS next September with some coaching sessions culminating in a local blitz which we’re looking forward to.

Killegland AFC supported us as they have done on all our sports days with a fantastic obstacle course and some enjoyable soccer challenges.


Dancing our way into Active Week

Our pupils dropped everything and danced several times on Monday the 18th of June in honour of the start of our Active Week. Aishling Doyle and her 4th Class did an excellent job of teaching the whole school a dance to accompany Better When I’m Dancing

Fiona manned the intercom for the day and classes took a dance break from normal proceedings when the beat took over the airwaves with Aishling’s class interrupting their gymnastics sessions to move to the music!

Natasha from Zumba Fitness Ratoath has been getting the teachers moving once a week after school for much of 2018 and on Monday she had the whole school getting their heartrate up also. Pupils really enjoyed these sessions and many thanks to Natasha for coming in to us again!

Wall of Sporting Fame

We’d love to see more photos of our pupils taking part in sports outside of school- Aishling and Síofra along with our Active Flag Committee created a wonderful display this year highlighting sports our students enjoyed and achieved in. Send us your updated snaps in September to celebrate your child’s sporting endeavours!

Ashbourne ET’s Active All Day!

As part of our efforts to get an Active School Flag our committee have been working hard to ensure pupils get lots of opportunities to be active throughout the school day.

Active Flag Committee members have been trained as play leaders; they give out sports equipment to pupils at yard time, supervise and assist children in playing together.

Our Active Flag Committee have promoted our Active School Slogan, ‘Get off your seat, get on your feet’ encouraging each class to display this in their classroom.

Committee members also ran a ‘do your talking while you’re walking’ initiative, encouraging children to enjoy their yard time chats whilst on the move.

In conjunction with our Green Schools Committee ‘Walk On Wednesdays’ was introduced with children encouraged to come to school in an active way on Wednesdays- walking, scooting, cycling. The Junior and Senior Classes with the highest percentage of active travellers wins the coveted ‘golden boot’ for the week!

On wet days when we miss one or both of our yard breaks classes are encouraged to do ‘Bizzy Breaks’ in their classroom, an Irish Heart Foundation initiative to get the whole class moving in a small space for a short period of time- check out the moves here Bizzy Breaks Poster 

Michael’s 4th Class were a great help to the Active School Flag Committee this year- they made a ‘bizzy breaks’ video along with Trayan and Beatrice which is available to all classes to learn the moves. They also mapped a 1km route which all our pupils have been running this June to develop stamina and ensure every class gets another opportunity to be active during the day.

Interested pupils from 3rd-5th Class participated in a lunchtime soccer league which ran from February-June of this year. David, Michael, Elaine, Shane and Claire refereed some competitive clashes which would rival anything seen in World Cup 2018 thus far! Thanks to David and Michael for organising a blitz for all teams involved during Active Week and also the league final which the whole school enjoyed at our Active Week finale.

Some of our 4th Class Play Leaders

Our poster campaign

The Coveted Golden Boot!

Lunchtime League Table

Be Active ASAP 2018

Ashbourne ETNS successfully ran an 8 week Be Active After School Activity programme for the third time in 2018 for our 1st Class pupils. This is a fantastic programme which offers an hour of physical activity to pupils free of charge, with parents and teachers volunteering and working together to facilitate it. The aim is to encourage an interest and develop skills in sport in the hopes they will take up a sport outside of school.

Thanks to our parent volunteers: Fran, Lynn, Mia, Tracey, Fiona and Dee and our teacher volunteers: Katie L and Katie K, Elaine, Síofra and Caitríona.

To find out more about the programme check out this website Be Active ASAP