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JANUARY Newsletter
WELCOME to the first Active School Flag newsletter. January is a great month to launch our newsletter and for schools to focus on getting everyone more active for 2016. 

Provision of In-School PE Support at Primary and Post-Primary Level

The PDST offer in-school PE support to primary and post-primary schools. Schools can submit one application, selecting up to three subject areas for PDST support  The application must be approved by the School Principal. Once your application is submitted you will receive an email receipt and a PDST advisor will then make contact with you to arrange the support. Apply for PDST in-school support. 

IPPEA Annual Conference (2016)
The Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA) annual conference will take place on Saturday 27th February 2016 in the Mardyke Arena, Cork. The theme of this year’s conference is Promoting the Power of Physical EducationEarly Bird discounts apply until January 31st.
Primary Physical Education Teacher Award (2016)
The IPPEA have designed the Primary Physical Education Teacher Award to celebrate innovation, achievement and best practice in delivering a quality physical education programme.  This award is open to teachers delivering PE in Irish primary schools and is targeted at classroom teachers. Nominations from principals, teachers and parents as well as self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be submitted  to by Monday, February 8th 2016. 

Active Breaks
Children need twice daily breaks in the playground, not only to help them to meet their  60 minutes a day physical activity requirement, but also to help them to focus and learn. Classroom based physical activity breaks are also important, particularly on the days when children cannot play outdoors. Bizzy Breaks (Irish Heart Foundation), the Go Noodle website and Just Dance for Kids dance videos are some of the many resources that can help teachers promote physical activity in the classroom. The many and varied ways that schools promote physical activity throughout the school day can be viewed in the school videos under the See it in Action section of the ASF website . 

Active Stickers
Stickers are a great way to incentivize and reward physical activity, leadership and fair play. We have uploaded ASF
sticker designs (in both Irish and English) under the Downloads section of the ASF website. The artwork could also be used for badges, certificates, and stamps.

Designed to Move Videos
Check out these inspirational videos:
5 Extra Years
Lilian Baylis Old School - London
Sierra Vista Junior High School

Active @ Work Award (Irish Heart Foundation)
The Active@Work Award is designed to support and enable small, medium and large sized companies to promote, develop and sustain physical activity programmes. It is a great way to motivate staff rooms to get more active. There are three different levels of achievement for the award: bronze, silver and gold. You can apply for any level but must meet the specific criteria. For further information contact or phone (01) 6685001

Get Ireland Active Website (HSE)
Visit the NEW LOOK Get Ireland Active website for lots of resources, supports and tips for all age groups to get more active.

Planning has just started for Active School Week (2016) which runs April 25th - 29th, 2016. Visit the Active School Week section on the website for ideas and inspiration. Information leaflets and posters will be sent out to schools in March.
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