Active Flag

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3339″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_outline” border_color=”violet” title=”Our Active Flag Committee “][vc_separator][vc_empty_space height=”100px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_icon icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-users” color=”violet” size=”xl” align=”center”][vc_column_text]The active flag committee has begun to meet regularly to discuss what we can to do promote a  healthy, active lifestyle at school. Our goal is to get pupils and teachers more active, to introduce ideas that will help pupils enjoy exercising and to eventually gain an Active Flag for Donore NS.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Our Committee members

[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ item=”mediaGrid_BorderedScaleWithTitle” grid_id=”vc_gid:1569268413055-d11616d38592b7fb12fbbe5b5b0386fa-1″ include=”3348,3347,3346,3345,3349,3344,3343,3342,3341,3340″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Active Flag Updates” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-flag-checkered” i_color=”purple” i_size=”lg” color=”violet” border_width=”10″ add_icon=”true”][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” color=”violet” gap=”2″ active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-child” title=”Physical Education” tab_id=”1557929600685-8ed72530-16a1″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]Planning and Curriculum:

  • Donore N.S now has an overall PE timetable ensuring that every class  has the allocated time of 1hour PE per week. Each class is timetabled in the hall for their allocated time and also classes are allocated discretionary time in the hall also.
  • A complete infantry of the schools PE equipment has taken place. Donore NS had adequate PE equipment that is being replaced and updated over time.
  • All staff were surveyed on the PE delivery in the school and it was agreed to follow a standardized timetable from September 2019. This will ensure that all teachers will teach the same strand of the curriculum at the same time


  • We have an excellent user friendly storage area for our PE equipment. All boxes are clearly labelled and the ASF members from each class are responsible for keeping it tidy and returning equipment to correct place.
  • The ASF committee carried out an audit of the equipment. The list of inventory was made available to all and a list is clearly on display in the PE store room.
  • Donore NS has a great array and variety of equipment in order to teach the strands of the curriculum adequately.
  • New equipment has been purchased and equipment will continue to be replenished as necessary.
  • Each teacher has a copy of the PSSI lesson plans and the smart moves programme is available in the staff room so that all teachers can adequately teach strands of the curriculum.

Physical Education – Gymnastics

As part of our Active Flag application, one of the criteria in Physical Education is to develop a particular strand of the PE curriculum. For the school year 2019/2020 the staff decided that gymnastics was the strand to be developed. The decision was made in light of the importance of FMS (fundamental movement skills) and how
these gross motor skills are of vital importance to the children. The staff felt that developing these skills through the strand of gymnastics would be of great benefit.
Donore NS sought to develop this strand in three ways.

1. The school sought funding for the exclusive purpose of purchasing gymnastic equipment to further develop our teaching and facilitate our students. Our wonderful Parents Association contributed towards this.
2. The students from all classes would engage in an 8 week block of Gymnastic lessons from an outside gymnastic teacher.
3. It was agreed that class teachers would observe and monitor these lessons in order to develop their own knowledge and insight into the teaching of gymnastics to aid further teaching of the strand.

Teachers had been using the PSSI lessons based on the gymnastic strand and were happy with the teaching of the strand, but further development is needed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-futbol-o” title=”Physical Activity ” tab_id=”1557929600686-ccc0780b-4803″ add_icon=”true”][vc_masonry_grid post_type=”ids” grid_id=”vc_gid:1569268413275-ec9188151bf6a752fddda39fe76850f3-4″][vc_basic_grid post_type=”ids” grid_id=”vc_gid:1569268413312-ae49367e1f745a26c438b8ce3c5ed403-3″][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”10″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1569268413348-a92699c68e6111f56f06ce1cc1a5d152-0″ taxonomies=”26″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-users” title=”Partnerships ” tab_id=”1557929956326-bb2ac3a3-b6c9″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]


As part of our active flag process junior infants to 3rd class have been participating in yoga each week as part of a new school initiative. It has created a real sense of zen and mindfulness among the students.

 [/vc_column_text][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”3485,3484,3483,3482″][vc_column_text]

Cycle Safety

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.[/vc_column_text][vc_gallery interval=”0″ images=”3523″ img_size=”Large” onclick=”img_link_large” title=”School Marathon Relay”][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-trophy” title=”Active School Week ” tab_id=”1557929959565-8e2b209c-6f67″ add_icon=”true”][vc_column_text]

Active Week

Active week is taking place on the 17th to the 21st of June. There are lots of activities planned from tournament day, a football blitz, a school marathon relay, culminating in our Sports day.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Donore NS Active Week 2019 Programme


Daily Activities:

  • Wake up Shake up Activities – Back Yard
  • Running – ‘Run around Europe’ Challenge
  • Active Breaks
  • Active Homework only



Monday 17th June


All classes will experience tennis with a coach coming to the school to cause a racket!!




Tuesday 18th June

Tournament Day:


Students will experience a variety of sports in this fun filled day. Activities from rounder’s, football, basketball, tag rugby etc.





Wednesday 19th June

School Marathon Relay:


Our students will collectively run the 42,000 meters in order to complete the marathon distance.



WOW – Walk on Wednesday


Students will walk to school to promote activity and exercise.






Thursday 20th June



Boxercise classes to put children through their paces. Katie Taylor watch out!!!!


Student V Teacher Football Match


The pride of the school is at stake. Can the students overcome the might of the teachers of Donore?



Friday 20th June



School Sports Day:


All the fun of our traditional sports day.