Meenkilly National School,
Meenkilly National School is fortunate to have the support of prominent sports figures like Greg O’Shea in the quest for our first Active Flag. Greg is a native to Limerick and an Irish rugby union player. He played for the Ireland national rugby sevens team, usually as a fly-half.
What is an Active School?
An Active School is a school that strives to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
What is the Active School Flag?
The Active School Flag (ASF) initiative is a Department of Education initiative supported by Healthy Ireland and administered through Mayo Education Centre. It is a non-competitive process that is open to primary and post primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. It encourages all members of the school community, with the support of local and national agencies, to work together to promote physical activity.
This year our school will be covering all six strands of PE that are Athletics, Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Aquatics and Outdoor & Adventure.
Each class has 60 minutes timetabled for physical education every week.
The class teachers in Meenkilly National School are working together to strengthen the delivery of the PE strands through use of the PSSI lessons and the Move Well, Move Often resources.
All classes have agreed to practice and improve their Dance skills this year as their priority PE strand.
Our school teaches the land PAWS water safety programme at one or more class levels every year.
This year 1st and 2nd class children were awarded lovely certificates on completing the programme.
We are very fortunate in Meenkilly National School to have the use of a whole shed to store our P.E. equipment. It is clearly labelled, well organised and accessible. Each teacher has a list of equipment available to use.
The Active School Committee play a vital role in ensuring the P.E. storage is tidy throughout the school year and help with the ordering of new equipment needed.