Here in St. Catherine’s, we are on a mission to earn an Active
School flag. We have been working hard this year and last year
and have had lots of fun along the way! The Active school Flag
Initiative is a Department of Education and Skills Initiative
(DES) supported by Healthy Ireland, which aims to get schools
more active, more often. ASF schools promote inclusive
physical activity throughout the school day and work in
partnerships with others to promote a physically active school
community. The ASF is accredited to schools who strive to
achieve a physically educated and physically active school
Active at Home
Our pupil have been keeping active during the school closure!
Active Slogan Competition
We had a school wide slogan/poster competition during school
closure. There were amazing entries from all classes and age
groups. Have a look at some of the fantastic entries in the video.
Active Week 2020
Despite the school closure, ‘Active Week’ took place with lots of activities and challenges.
Active Achievements Board
We have a board with sporting achievements to acknowledge the sporting efforts and achievements of everyone in the school.
All 5th and 6th Classes take part in an 8 week running
programme where they run a marathon. That means we run
26.2 miles! During this time we also learn about the physical,
mental, social and community benefits of exercise. The finale
saw the students running their last mile and completing the
marathon on the running track in Santry with lots of other
This year we ran our final mile in the Bogies.
Run a Mile
We run a mile every day as part of our physical education plan.
We also do themed runs for Christmas and Easter in ‘The Bogies’.
Some classes have the opportunity to play tennis during the school year and it is the most enjoyable experience for everyone.
Pupils from Fourth Class take part in a ten week programme of swimming lessons in the final term. They are taught by Swim Ireland qualified instructors. They are broken into groups according to their level of previous experience and taught skills relative to this. Basic water confidence, balance, flotation, breathing, stroke development and diving are taught. The pupils are encouraged to learn about safety in and around water and swimming pools. They are taught about respect for water and its dangers.
Students take part in the local ‘Schools Cross Country Running Competition’ held in the Park in April. The girls also have an opportunity to take part in the Santry Races.
Gaelic Football and Camogie
Most classes participate in a term of Gaelic training during the year. Classes are given tuition in basic Gaelic skills and work on their kicking, passing, shooting and defending skills through games and activities. Other classes learn some basic Camogie skills.
Active Week usually takes place in the school in June with the emphasis on participation and fun. On Sports Day, classes rotate through a range of physical and sporting activities and games. They often include obstacle courses, races, dance, badminton, rounders, water games and uni-hoc. Hula Hoop Challenges, A class dance show and other challenges often form part of the week also. Pupils are asked to wear suncream due to the large number of outdoor activities and time spent outside.