Active Home Week – Let’s get active Donaghmoyne

Dear Principal and Active School Flag Coordinator,

We hope that this email finds everyone well.

The Active School Flag team would like to begin by saying WELL DONE to principals and teachers for all the work that you are doing to support your pupils with their wellbeing, and by providing continuity of teaching and learning during these challenging times.

‘Active HOME Week’ Challenge (April 27th – May 3rd)
As you know ‘Active SCHOOL Week’ takes place every April and is a really enjoyable part of the school year for many children. This year, because of Covid-19 it is not possible for this to go ahead so we are asking you to invite the families of your school to participate in the ‘Active HOME Week’ challenge instead.

ABOUT the Challenge
The idea of the #ActiveHomeWeek challenge is to:
· Reach out to parents/guardians to support the work that is taking place in their school
· Support parents by providing them with ideas and a challenge format to encourage children to build physical activity into their day
· Encourage children to find NEW ways of being physically active that they ENJOY
· Raise awareness about the fact that children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day
To complete the challenge children have to find four different ways of being active, every day, making sure that this adds up to 60 MINUTES, or more. Children are encouraged to try something NEW, have FUN with a family activity and to ENJOY the week!

There are so many great physical activity suggestions in circulation at the moment from local/national sports clubs, role models and agencies that we decided to organise them into an IDEAS word cloud graphic. All of the activities in the word cloud can be viewed ‘in action’ and ‘in the one place’ @activeflag The Twitter feed includes activities to suit children of all ages, abilities and interests with indoor and outdoor options and ideas about how to make sports equipment out of every day household items. It’s definitely worth a look
The word cloud is designed to make it easy for parents and children to find ways to complete the challenge, but children don’t have to stick with just these ideas. They can use activities, not listed here, that they are already doing or create new activities of their own. You might decide, as a school, to suggest activities or to create your own school/teacher challenges!

Challenge Charts

We have attached 2 versions of the challenge chart:

PDF ‘Print’ version – If parents don’t have access to printer children should be encouraged to hand draw the challenge chart, as that will work just the same.
PDF ‘Fillable’ version – If class teachers would like to ask parents to return the completed challenge chart this format will make it easier to do so.

DRAW for Participants
ASF will be running a competition on Twitter for schools that confirm that they are participating in the #ActiveHomeWeek challenge. Further details will be announced @activeflag over the coming days.

The PDST PE team have created an excellent series of ‘PE at HOME’ videos called Beyond the Classroom’. These videos will allow parents at home, support the work happening in schools during PE lessons. Different themed videos will be released every week @PDSTpe. Please bring these to the attention of teachers as they are a great way to build PE into the weekly work schedule.

Stay Safe Everyone,



Wellness Wednesday

Please see the list of activities that children can choose from for Wellness Wednesday.

Get creative and don’t forget to share what you do – we can’t wait to hear all about what you get up to.

Wellness Wednesday Activities

Active Flag Activities for Halloween 2019!

We got active for our Health Promoting Schools Campaign on Thursday 24th October 2019.  We looked terrifyingly good as we did our various circuits.  Well done everyone for your participation and a huge thank-you to all our active leaders for leading the events.

Football Coach in Our School September-October 2019

Our children continue to focus on Health Promotion and continue to practice our Active Flag Initiative as they take part in soccer skills with Euan Treanor during September and October.  Have a look at some of their activities below!  Thanks to Euan for visiting our school and sharing his knowledge and expertise with us.



Bike Green – Monaghan Sports Partnership

On Friday 21st June 2019, we were very fortunate to be offered a free taster session from Bike Green by the Monaghan Sports Partnership. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class got to learn many valuable cycling skills, using balance bikes.

A massive thank you to Seán and Francis for coming to visit us today and providing the children with this fantastic opportunity!

Flag Raising Ceremony

There was huge excitement in St. Michael’s National School on Wednesday 19th June 2019 as we came together as a school community to raise three very important and well-deserved flags. Both staff and pupils have worked extremely hard and have shown huge dedication and commitment to achieve a flag for Water Conservation and Preservation, a flag for recognition as a Health Promoting School and also a flag for achieving Active School Status. We had a fantastic day gathering together to mark our success.

On the day we also opened our beautiful new friendship garden. A sincere word of thanks to our parent’s association for making our friendship garden possible – your unending support doesn’t go unnoticed!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the Flag Raising Ceremony and who contributed in any way to making the day a memorable one. A special thank you also to our special guests ‘Hiphopical’ for their fantastic dance display and to Drew Wylie from the Monaghan County Team who raised our three flags for us.

Well done to everyone! Our staff and pupils are very proud to be flying the flags for St. Michael’s N.S. Donaghmoyne.

Conor Mc Skeane Memorial Shield 2019

Congratulations to the children from Mrs. Mc Guirk’s first class who were chosen to represent us at the Conor Mc Skeane Memorial Shield Football Blitz.

Well done on your fantastic efforts and congratulations on receiving your two beautiful medals!

It is wonderful to see our school competing in this very special and worthwhile annual event.



Community Games 2019

Congratulations to the boys in third class on their recent achievement in the Under 10 Gaelic Football Community Games Competition.

The boys reached the county final and should be very proud of their efforts!


Sports Day / Active Schools Week 2019

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Active Schools Week took place in our school between Monday 27th and Friday 31st of May 2019. We engaged in many fun active events at school and at home, including a Summer themed Sports Day!

Have a peek below at some of the events we engaged in.

Well Done on Our Triple Flag Success!

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We had a very important visitor here today (22nd May 2019) in St. Michaels N.S. Donaghmoyne. John Mullen from the Active Flag Programme came to assess our school as an Active School. He was delighted with the work all our staff and pupils have been doing and will continue to do as part of this programme. We are delighted to announce that we have been successful and we have been awarded our Active Schools Flag.

In recent weeks, we have also been successful in achieving our Health Promoting School Status from Jennifer Treanor (Co-Ordinator of the Health Promoting Schools Programme) and we received our Health Promoting Certificate and flag.

Our third ‘Green Flag’ for Water Preservation and Conservation was also awarded to us by Moira Kelly (Monaghan County Council), who visited our school for our water themed day. We will celebrate everyone’s hard work and dedication towards the end of the school year when we raise our three flags.

Well done everyone on your fantastic achievements!