Physical Activity is the promotion and engagement of exercise and movement in addition to the 60 minute per week timetabled curriculum subject of Physical Education. St. Margaret’s National School actively promotes the message that children require 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. We have been very busy engaging in a wide variety of different programmes, ideas, and initiatives which have inspired the children to become more active.
St. Margaret’s National School promotes the full range of fundamental movement skills during break times and pupils are encouraged to run, play and to do ‘talking as you’re walking’. We have two daily playground breaks and our schoolyard is zoned to allow children to engage in a variety of different activities. Our school has playground leaders who set up activities and sports equipment during break times for others to use.
All pupils engage in an extended classroom-based physical activity break on wet days and short physical activity breaks during the day.
Our school incorporates physical activity into school calendar events as we hold different seasonal activities.
St. Margaret’s N.S. Active School Slogan
The children came up with their own slogans and colourful posters to promote the importance ‘being active’. They came up with so many creative ideas and the overall winner was Amelia Woolsey in Fifth Class who came up with the slogan ‘Exercise to Energise’.
Infants: Madison Burnett, Finn Fitzgerald and Poppy Duggan
First & Second Class: Alex Woolsey & Pippa Daly
Third & Fourth Class: Layla Leonard, Billy Leonard and Sarah Burke
Fifth & Sixth Class: Amelia Woolsey, Niamh Miles, Sarah Costello & Leah Burke
During Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish music was played on the yard at playtime. The children also learned three new dances throughout the week which included the following: Ballaí Luimnigh, Shoe the Donkey and Dreoilín. Once each class had learned the steps "as gaeilge"...read more
Mark Mc Cabe from SKIPnROPE came and introduced his wonderful skipping techniques to each pupil in the school. The children enjoyed the skipping sessions and it is fantastic to see them practising their skipping skills now at lunch break. The aim of SkipnRope is to...read more
60 Minutes Physical Activity Challengeread more
St Anne’s junior park run This is a 2k event for juniors only (4-14 year olds). The event takes place in St Anne’s Park, Mount Prospect Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 5 every Sunday at 9.30am. This is a free event but you must register online for your first time. Click here...read more
As part of our Active Flag initiative we are asking pupils to share their ‘Sporty Selfies’ with our school. A ‘Sporty Selfie’ involves taking a photo of your child being active or sporty. It could be a photo of them playing hurling, football or basketball. Or maybe a...read more
The Active School Committee ensures that everybody tries to be active in the yard. They encourage pupils to ‘Do your Talking while You are Walking’ thus encouraging movement during break times. The squad members also ensure inclusion for everyone during break time...read more
‘Daly Exercise’ coach Glen Daly joined forces with St. Margaret’s N.S. to facilitate an age appropriate high intensity interval training (HIIT) session and fitness workshop with 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils on 8th November. The children enjoyed performing...read more
Last November we commenced a non-competitive running initiative called 'Run Around Europe’. We mapped out a 100 metre track around the school and we decided that each lap would be equal to a kilometre. Every class in the school has been participating in the initiative...read more
Yet another visit from Sam to our school! We were delighted when Dublin star Brian Howard came to our school and brought along Sam Maguire for us all to see. We gave him a warm welcome and the children had the opportunity to ask him some questions. Brian had a very...read more
We try our best to get our 60 minutes of exercise a day.read more