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JANUARY Newsletter

ASF would like to wish everyone all the very best for the year that lies ahead.

We are delighted to share with you an updated version of the 'Climb the Heights' skipping challenge - We're hoping that this could provide useful as a cross-curricular physical activity initiative during this period of school closure. 

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PDST PE Resources
Check out the huge array of PDST PE resources on the scoilnet hub to help support primary PE at home over the next few weeks. These resources are suitable for all class levels and prioritise curricular learning as well as physical activity in a fun way! The 'Supporting PE Learning at Home' poster contains an overview of all resources which includes videos, activity reflective templates and activity trackers.  
NEW: IPPEA Covid 19 Guidance Document (January 2021) 
The Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA) committee has just published their Covid 19 Guidance Document (Jan 2021) following the re-closure of primary schools due to the Pandemic. See the IPPEA website Covid 19 Tab for IPPEA additional information.

SAVE the DATE: IPPEA Annual Conference (6/3/21)

IPPEA conference 2021 which will take place virtually on Saturday 6th March. The title of the conference is Navigating the New Terrain in Physical Education. Details will follow on the IPPEA website and social media platforms

NEW: 'Climb the Heights' 4-Week Skipping Challenge 
(18th January - 13th February) 
We are delighted to share with you an updated version of the 'Climb the Heights' skipping challenge. If children do not have access to skipping ropes they can complete the challenge using jumping jacks instead. This cross-curricular resource is a great way for pupils to combine physical activity with learning during this period of school closure. Skipping could be encouraged as:
  1. Active breaks (when pupils change between subjects) 
  2. Active homework 
  3. A family activity (family member skips count towards the challenge!) 
The PUPIL chart allows children to record their daily progress (page 1) as well as teaching them about the highest mountain peaks in Europe (page 2).  
The CLASS chart allows teachers to add pupil skipping scores together to see which of the mountain peaks that they, as a class, can reach. Challenges are always best when teachers join in too!
We are suggesting that this challenge could be run over the next 4 weeks (18/1 - 12/2) leading up to the mid-term break. But schools are free to use this resource, in the way that works best for them. 

#FeelGoodFridays SANTA DASH Winners
  • St Peter and Paul JNS, Balbriggan, Co Dublin
  • Clonburris NS, Clondalkin, Dublin
  • Knockskeagh NS, Clonakilty, Co Cork 
We apologise that we were unable to send out #FeelGoodFriday prizes to previous months winners before Christmas. They will be sent out by courier as soon as schools re-open. 

All ASF activities during 20/21 must comply with COVID-safety guidelines 

Active School Walkway: Request for YOUR FEEDBACK
We would like to ask schools that have an Active School Walkway in their school for their feedback about this resource. Your ideas, comments and suggestions are invaluable to us and will help to guide future planning.
FEEDBACK Questionnaire (Completion time = 2mins approx.)  

#YourPersonalBest HOME Exercise Videos (Sport Ireland) 
Sport Ireland, as part of the #YourPersonalBest challenge campaign during November, created an excellent set of 8 online exercise videos. No special equipment is required and exercises are intended for people of all fitness levels. These may be of use to post primary schools during the school closure period. 
View Videos



'Active School Week' is scheduled for April 26th - 30th, 2021

If the national dates don't suit, your school is free to organise your #ASW programme at a different time.  

  • Active School WALKWAY (Week of Feb 1)
Schools that have registered that they are working towards ASF/attended the 'Getting Started' workshop will receive a booking link for the Walkway webinar next week.  
  • 'Active School Week' (March - TBC)
  • 'Nearly There' (March - TBC)

APPLICATIONS for ASF during 20/21
As discussed at the 'Getting Started' workshop, adaptations have been made to the ASF success criteria for 20/21 in recognition of the restrictions that Covid places on school activities. 

At the point in time when your school can say 'yes' to 100% of all the ASF success criteria AND you have evidence of same on your school website/submitted PowerPoint, you should submit your online application form.

As school visits are not possible currently we have adapted the accreditation process for 20/21 so that it can be completed online and via phone contact. Details of this temporary adapted process will be made available to schools when they submit their application forms online. The adapted process will also be explained at the 'Nearly There' workshops in March.


Please direct all enquiries to remembering to quote your school ROLL NUMBER in the subject line please.
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