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National Active School Week (#ASW21) is fast approaching!. We will be sending out a #ASW21 newsletter on Monday, April 12th, to share this year's challenge, resource materials and lots of NEW ideas, supports and initiatives..

We know how hard so many schools have worked this year in maintaining ASF activities, and introducing new ones. If your school hopes to apply for ASF this year, make sure that you don't miss the ASF - Nearly There support webinars in mid-April.(see below),

Please Note: If you would like us to send the monthly ASF newsletter to a different email address please click the Update your Preferences link at the bottom of this newsletter. 

PDST: Physical Literacy Webinar (21/4/21)
The PDST PE team are delighted to invite you to their upcoming live webinar on April 21st (4-5pm) where they will introduce you to the area of Physical Literacy and explore how we can develop physically literate children through the lens of fundamental movement skills. This 1 hour live webinar will empower participants to use the Move Well, Move Often resource to support the teaching and learning of PE, whilst embedding fundamental movement skills into the strands of the curriculum. Opportunities to ask questions will be provided.
REGISTER (Bookings open April 12th) 

PDST: PE Resources
Check out the PDST PE Scoilnet hub for resources to support teaching and learning across all strands in PE over the last term.  Many of the resources can be adapted for use at the current time and we also have a dedicated 120 non-contact activities for physical education resource.
PDST:  Whole School Planning Prompts for PE
Are you, or your school, reviewing your PE plan for the coming term of year?  Check out the updated PDST Whole School Planning Prompts for PE.  This document includes support and guidance in developing whole school approaches to PE.   

IPPEA: Learning Community for Inclusion (22/4/21) 
Are you a teacher in a Special School looking to connect with teachers in similar settings with a view to enhancing and sharing your PE teaching and learning? JOIN US for this 
online workshop will take place on 22nd April, 2021 (7-8pm) REGISTER Here.

IPPEA: Teaching Athletics Outdoors. (27/4/21) 
This webinar will take place on 27th April, 2021 (7-8pm)  REGISTER Here

PE Xpo (5/5/21)
IPPEA encourages primary schools to take part in PE Xpo, 2021. The closing date for entries 24th April, 2021. 

EUPEA: Physical Education Lessons Until the End of the School Year (21/4/21) 
This online webinar by the European Physical Education Association (EUPEA)  will take place on Wednesday 21st April, 2021.



'Run Around IRELAND' 4-Week Running Challenge 
Well Done to all the schools that are currently taking part in the 4-week The Run Around IRELAND Challenge. Class and pupil achievement certificates will be available on the 'Run Around IRELAND' website page, before the challenge ends.
View Website Page 

If your school/class didn't start this running challenge before Easter, no problem. You can organise this challenge, and use these resources, at any point in the school year. It's a great way to bring learning outdoors, to energise the school day, and to provide pupils with opportunities to develop good running technique. This slideshow provides lots of hints and tips in terms of promotion, organisation, and maximising cross-curricular learning opportunities. 
View Slideshow 

#FeelGoodFridays - LOCAL HERO Day (30/4/21)  
April's #FeelGoodFriday takes place during national Active School Week. ASF asks schools to look to their local communities for a physical activity role model, and to invite this LOCAL HERO to set a physical activity challenge, for their students and staff. Share your #FeelGoodFridays Local Hero photos/videos to be in with a chance to a set of outdoor speakers for your school. 

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

NEW - Dare to Believe: OLYMPIC Schools' Challenge (4-28 May)  
Join Team Ireland on the “Road To Tokyo” in a new virtual activity challenge. This new, exciting, Covid-safe 4 week challenge encourages schools to get active and learn more about the upcoming Olympics! School teams will log their physical activity which will be converted to a distance which will help their team get to Tokyo. There are four stops on this interactive road where students unlock new challenges, win prizes and get video messages from our athletes, whilst also learning all about Japan and the Olympics. In addition, teachers will access 4 weeks of PE activities demonstrated by our Olympic ambassadors! 

NEW - Girls Get Active: HACKATHON (April 16-18)
Many teenage girls across Ireland are missing out on the benefits of sport and physical activity because they don’t think they are “sporty enough”, they don’t know where or how to get involved, and they don’t think there are opportunities for them to be involved in sport other than traditional team sports. This Hackathon invites girls in secondary school, TY students, teachers, parents, third level students, researchers, sport development officers, NGB and LSP staff to come together to brainstorm ways to encourage more girls to get active, to share ideas and to create positive change in society. 

If you have an idea that you think could be turned into a great programme for teenage girls, or if you have a passion for promoting sport and physical activity among teenage girls and want to be part of the solution, then this Hackathon event is for YOU!.

NEW - GAA Handball Youth EXPO (April) 
GAA Handball are delighted to launch their exciting new Youth EXPO, a month-long online series of talks, workouts, cooking demonstrations and competitions during April. 


We look forward to sharing #ASW21 with you on Monday, April 12th. 
  • Look out for #ASW21 information on Twitter @ActiveFlag  
  • The #ASW21 website page will go live that morning, full of IDEAS, resources and supports for schools. .
  • An #ASW21 newsletter will also issue. Make sure to check your emails!

#ASW21 - Webinars Not to be Missed!
We encourage anyone planning an #ASW21 programme to JOIN US at one of the #ASW21 webinars, directly after the Easter holidays. The #ASW21 webinars are designed to:
  • Explain the #ASW21 challenge
  • Share lots of NEW resources and supports 
  • Showcase great ideas from schools across the country
Representatives from the Olympic Federation of Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation will give short presentations about NEW resources that will enhance #ASW21 programmes.

The online booking system for these webinars is now OPEN.

Tuesday, April 13th (3.45-4.45) REGISTER
Thursday, April 15th (3.45-4.45) REGISTER

National Active School Week takes place April 26-30, but if that week doesn't suit, you are free to organise #ASW21 later in the term. 

IMPORTANT - All #ASW21 activities must comply with COVID-safety guidelines. 

Upcoming Support WEBINARS

#ASW21 Webinars (April 13th and 15th) 
See ACTIVE SCHOOL WEEK section above. 

ASF - NEARLY THERE  Webinars (April 19th and 22nd)
We know that very many schools have questions in relation to the applications process. This will be the focus of the 'Nearly There' webinars, which will be scheduled the second week after the Easter holidays. All schools (new and renewal) wishing to apply for ASF this year should attend. Topics will include: 
  • Land PAWS
  • 'What Clubs Are You In?'
  • Pupil/Parent Questionnaires (renewal schools) 
  • ASF Criteria: COVID-adaptations. 
  • ASF Accreditation Process: COVID-adaptations  
  • Readiness to Apply
Two members of the ASF team will be on hand to answer any questions and queries that you may have, via the CHAT function, throughout the webinar. 

The online booking system for these webinars is now OPEN

Monday, April 19th (3.45-4.45pm) REGISTER
Thursday, April 22nd (3.45-4.45pm) REGISTER

Renewal schools that attend both the 'Getting Started' and the 'Nearly There' webinars will, upon successful completion of the ASF process, receive an outdoor banner their school railings.  

As we continue to work remotely. please direct all enquiries to remembering to quote your school ROLL NUMBER in the subject line please.

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