Active Flag

Huge congratulations to the pupils and staff of Holy Family National school earning the active flag 🙂


Active Week

June 11th-June 15th

Active Week 2018 is fast approaching and we are very excited!

This is always one of the highlights of the school year for the children and staff at HFNS.

The Active School Committee will assist in putting together our timetable of events for the week. This will include a range of daily activities for each class group that will be integrated into our normal school day. All pupils will be assigned active homework!

Due to bad weather last year our student teacher match couldn’t go ahead! We look forward to this year’s rematch.

On Friday June 15th our Active Flag Activity Day will take place. This will be different from the other days as the children will be active for the full duration of the school day.



Since the end of year is looming and we are getting tired we are putting the Active Police back on the yard to make sure everyone is trying hard to move during breaks even if this only involves walking and talking.

Active lines are also being reintroduced. The Active Police from the Active committee will lead the classes in exercises on the lines every day after yard time.

To finish out the year on an active high note we have Active Week taking place on June 11th to June 15th. Classes will part-take in 3 different activities daily including soccer, tug o war, basketball, Frisbee etc. Timetables will be distributed and 4th, 5th and 6th classes will set-out/tidy-up activities each day.

On Active Day (Friday June 15th) classes will compete against each other in teams through various races at stations in Rathcoole Boys including relays, sack races, bat & ball relay etc.

On that same afternoon the 6th class students will take on our teachers on the astro pitch in a soccer match.

Well done to all the students and teachers for their efforts on being more active this year and we hope that everyone keeps it up during the summer months!!




Now that the weather is improving extra yard time and astro-turf slots are being rewarded to classes highlighting ‘No sweets as treats’ to all. Our Active committee are also delivering the message of the winning slogan competition to classes ‘Being Active is Cool, especially at School’. Smile For a Mile will also start this month, whereby children will run for 5 minutes as a class weekly. A 126m perimeter was measured on the senior yard and children will record the number of laps ran in 5 minutes (on average) each week on the Active Board.




To link in with St. Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge classes are encouraged to do the Operation Transformation lesson transitions in Irish for the month. Mr Gavin is setting up a basketball tournament in the hall for 6th class during lunchtime and Mr Commins is setting up a soccer tournament for 4th class on the grass area in Forest Hills during lunchtime, where all children will be encouraged and welcome to take part. DEAD and WOW will continue. A slogan competition will take place too.

As part of the Active Flag we have been making a great effort, as a whole school, to increase our level of activity and fitness. Children should get 60 minutes of activity daily so it is our aim, as a school, to ensure that the children get some of this activity within school hours every day. This not only helps the children physically, but it has been proven that increased activity can improve mental health and educational development also.

Please take a look at how we have made activity an integral part of the school day in Holy Family NS:


Whole School Walk on Wednesday

Yoga with 2nd class


Dance in the hall at lunch

Sports day last June

PE in the hall

Active transitions in the classroom

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