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SEPTEMBER Newsletter (2022)

WELCOME Back Everyone.
ASF would like to wish everyone the very best of luck for the year that lies ahead. 

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PDST Primary PE: In-School Support
(Apply NOW)
Applications are now open for PDST in-school support. A primary PE advisor can visit your school to support you with planning and preparation of your PE programme, to facilitate lesson modelling across all strands of the PE curriculum and whole staff professional development sessions. Schools can apply for in-school PDST PE support through the online application system HERE

PDST Primary PE: Physical Literacy - Seminar 4 
(Booking Opens Soon)
This seminar focuses on developing pupils’ motivation and confidence to participate in physical activity for life. Participants will explore a variety of strategies that can be easily implemented in PE lessons to motivate and develop pupils’ confidence to improve participation in the PE lesson. Resources will be provided to teachers in attendance and this seminar will run in October in venues around the country.  Sub cover is available for 2 teachers to attend from each school and booking will open in the coming weeks. Dates and venues will release on the PDST Primary PE website and Twitter over the coming weeks.. 

PDST Primary PE: Cooperative Learning Workshop (October/November)
Cooperative learning can be used across any strand of the PE curriculum and has been shown to enhance pupil motivation, confidence and ability to work together positively in PE.  Dates and venues will release on the PDST Primary PE website and Twitter over the coming weeks.. 

 IPPEA Annual Conference 
(Saturday, October 22nd)
The Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA) 2022 conference 'Practical and Playful Voices in PE' will take place in Marino Institute of Education, Dublin on Saturday, October 22.   
Workshops include: 
  • 'Move Well, Move Often' – An Inclusive Approach to Physical Literacy
  • VOICE - PE: Listening and Responding to Children’s Voices
  • European School Sports Day – Minimal Equipment and Maximum FUN
  • Practical and Playful Ideas for 'The Daily Mile'
  • Tug of War: Old Tradition - New Life
  • Oodles of Noodles for Everyone 
  • Student Voice and Meaningful PE
  • My Bag of Tricks for Making Dances
  • Frisbee Golf! Focusing on FUN Frisbee Flight
  • Órdóga Suas nó Síos - Assessment for Learning and FMS
FIND out More 
BOOK your Place 

PDST Post Primary PE: In-School Support
(Apply NOW)

Post primary PE departments can apply for bespoke, in-school, PDST PE support via the online application system HERE 

PDST Post Primary PE: Senior Cycle PE Framework 
The PDST Post Primary Physical Education team are continuing their national roll out of CPD for 5th and 6th years Leaving Certificate PE teachers this academic year. With the astronomical growth of the subject since 2018, these CPD events provide a vital support for teachers new to teaching the subject.. 

Similarly, the PDST Post Primary PE Team is overseeing the CPD for the NEW non-examinable Senior Cycle Physical Education Framework (SCPE). SCPE must now be taught to all TY, 5th and 6th year students across the country. Limited spaces are available for the Phase 2 CPD programme for teachers with TY, 5th or 6th year non-exam SCPE classes this academic year.
Please contact: for more information.


DATES for Your Diary (22/23)
The ASF calendar for 22/23 includes all the dates for KEY events and for online support webinars. Please share with colleagues. Building the dates for ASF events in to the annual school calendar allows lots of time for planning and promotion.
ASF CALENDAR of Events for 22/23

Dare to Believe (Olympic Federation of Ireland)
Dare to Believe is back in action for 22/23 with programmes and resources for both primary and post primary schools.  
#DareToBelieve - Video 
#DareToBelieve - Website 

Click on the links below to register to receive FREE programme resources and/or to request the visit of an Olympic Ambassador to your school. 
NEW TY Lifeskills Programme 
Primary School Programme
Olympic Ambassador School Visits
School Challenges
Olympic Sports Day

VOLLEYBALL Ireland - Teacher Workshops

These 2-hour Volleyball Ireland workshops are open to both primary and post primary school teachers  (cost: €15) Guidance will be given about how to teach the essential skills and movements required to play: 
Participants will receive a 4-week programme suitable for 4th to 6th class (primary schools) or 1st and 2nd years (post primary schools). Schools that complete the 4-week programme will be invited to a FUN 4v4 volleyball blitz, organised regionally. 

Clare – Coláiste Muire, Ennis, September 15th (5-7pm)
Cork – Coachford College, Cork, September 20th (2-4pm)
Dublin – Nord Anglia IS, Dublin, September 22nd (2-4pm)
Galway – Ardscoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe, September 28th (2-4pm) 

Primary School Wellbeing (Irish Heart Foundation)
The Irish Heart Foundation will be releasing lots of exciting NEW content over the coming school year. Make sure to REGISTER to receive all the latest updates and resources for movement breaks, PE, healthy eating and more.
REGISTER to receive updates
Action For Life
Bizzy Breaks 
Sosanna Spleodracha

 #BeActive European Week of Sport
(23nd -30th September)
#BeActive, European Week of Sport, aims to promote sport and physical activity in countries across Europe. 
Find Out More 

Here are just some of the national events to look forward to during #BeActive week.
#BeActive Festival 
Get Ireland Walking - National Walking Day (see below)  
IPPEA - European School Sports Day (see below) 
Athletics Ireland - Family Mile 
Swim Ireland - Open Water Swimming 
Irish Sailing - #BeActive on the Water
Canoeing Ireland; #BeActive Paddle Day
Cycling Ireland - Great Dublin Bike Ride 

In addition to the above national initiatives, there will be lots of local #BeActive events organised in every county across the country. 
Find a #BeActive Event Near YOU

#BeActive National Fitness Day - 'Take on the Teachers'
(Thursday, September 22nd)
Ireland Active invites primary and post primary schools to get active on National Fitness Day, Thursday, September 22nd. Children and young people are encouraged to ‘Take on the Teacher' in a physical activity challenge of their choosing. Four €150 sports equipment vouchers are up for grabs to schools that REGISTER their event and post a picture/video of challenge on social media, using the hashtag #takeontheteacher, and tagging Ireland Active. 
REGISTER Your Challenge

#BeActive National Walking Day
(Sunday, September 25th) 
This Sept 25th, as part of #BeActive European Week of Sport, we're celebrating National Walking Day (#NWD2022). From hiking to walking, there are many ways to get moving. Keep an eye out for more interviews & tips on how you can #WalkHikeRunPushRoll
Find Out More 

#BeActive: European School Sports Day (ESSD) 
(Friday, September 30th)
ESSD is a pan-European initiative with the main goal to promote physical activity on an international level and involve as many children, young people, schools and organisations as possible. ESSD 2022 takes place on Friday, September 30th. 

Find Out More
REGISTER Your School 

Ideas for ESSD (Videos)
Hula Hut Relay 
Tangram Relay 
Wacky Waiter Relay 
Crazy Clothes Peg Relay 
Crazy Card Shuffle 
Monopoly Madness
Balloons and Balls 


National 'Active School Week' (#ASW22) will take place 24-28 April, 2023  
Upcoming Support WEBINARS

(September 19th and 20th)
This webinar is designed for PRIMARY schools/teachers that have not previously engaged with ASF and for schools that have allowed their ASF status lapse over a number of years. Topics include:
  • Explaining the Process
  • The Benefits
  • The Challenges
  • School Support 
Bookings NOW OPEN 
Webinar 1: Monday, September 19th @ 7pm 
Webinar 2: Tuesday, September 20th @ 3.45pm 

(October 3rd - 11th)
These webinars are designed to support PRIMARY schools that have agreed, at a whole staff level, to work towards ASF during 22/23. Practical advice and supports will be given to help schools to get the ASF process up and running. The webinars are differentiated for different school types to allow us to offer the best possible support. Topics include: 
  • PE Criteria 
  • Active Playgrounds
  • Active Breaks
  • Active Calendar Events 
  • Resources 
Getting Started: Large Schools (3/10 @ 3.45pm)
Getting Started: Junior Schools (4/10 @ 3.45pm)
Getting Started: DEIS Schools (5/10 @ 3.45pm)
Getting Started: Small Schools (6/10 @ 7pm)
Getting Started: Special Schools (10/10 @ 7pm)
Getting Started: Gaelscoil/Gaeltacht Schools (11/10 @ 7pm) 

Bookings will open on September 21st on  

RENEWAL Criteria webinars
(October 12th and 13th)
This webinar focusses specifically on the Renewal Criteria.
All schools wishing to renew their ASF status are advised to attend. Topics include: 
  • Priority FMS
  • PE Homework 
  • Actions to Decrease Sedentary Time
  • Pupil and Parent Questionnaires. 
Webinar 1: Wednesday, October 12th @ 3.45pm
Webinar 2: Thursday, October 13 @ 7pm 

Bookings will open on September 21st 

ASF Online Application Forms 

REGISTER Your School for ASF (Primary Schools)
The online REGISTRATION facility for new applicant primary schools wishing to work towards ASF during 22/23 will open on October 1st 

LOGGING in to Your ASF Account (Primary Schools)
The LOG IN function for schools with applications 'in progress' will re-open on October 1st
Visit (LOG IN)

RENEWING ASF This Year? (Primary Schools) 
The LOG IN function for schools wishing to commence the renewal process in 22/23 will re-open on October 1st
Visit (LOG IN)
  • When you click the LOG IN button you will be asked to insert your school roll number. 
  • You will then be asked to to RESET Your Password.  
  • Please complete all fields on the School Profile Page, ensuring that your school and coordinator(s) contact details are correct. Failure to do so may result in delays for your school progressing through the applications process.

Screening and accreditation school visits will re-commence from October 3rd, onwards. 

REGISTER Your School for ASFPP (Post Primary) 
If your post primary school is interested in finding out more about Active School Flag Post Primary (ASFPP), please email 


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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