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MARCH Newsletter
March is the month to start planning your Active School Week (ASW) programme. Read the ASW section of this newsletter below to find out about the support that is available to schools from sports organisations and leisure centres. And definitely check out the articles that have been submitted by schools - they are full of interesting and novel ways to promote physical activity. 

Fun GYM Circuit resource (PDST)
Click here to view the Fun GYM Circuit resource which can be used as part Gymnastics lessons for primary schools. Other PE resources are available to download from the PDST website

The 13th annual Irish Primary Physical Education Association (IPPEA) Conference 2016, which took place 2 weeks ago, was a SELL OUT event with over 100 teachers in attendance from all around Ireland. Check out the video footage from the day. Full workshop notes available in the Members Section of website
IPPEA Conference - Video (Part 1)
IPPEA Conference - Video (Part 2)



VHI Ladies Mini Marathon - TY Girls Challenge
Join the VHI All Ireland Girls TY School Challenge , in association with Get Ireland Walking, and start your programme by walking or jogging to raise money for your school or a cause. For further information click here. To enter click here.

Be Active ASAP
Congratulations to all the schools in Donegal, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly and South Dublin that participated in teacher training in February. Upcoming training is being scheduled in all other counties this spring - express your interest here. We would like to invite schools interested in submitting a case study/few words on 'Be Active ASAP and my school' to do so by emailing For more details please visit the website here

What Schools are Doing


KANGOO Dance - Liscarroll NS, Co. Cork
Outdoor OBSTACLE COURSE - Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Bunclody
TUG of WAR Time - Ashbourne Educate Together School, Co. Meath

Post Primary
ASF TIMETABLED for TY - Villiers Secondary School, Limerick

B-ACTIVE-TRAILS - Villiers Secondary School, Limerick

If you would like you school to feature in this section please contact  


One Million Step Challenge (Wicklow Sports Partnership
Wicklow schools (primary and post primary), are invited to take part in the One Million Step Challenge. Wicklow LSP will supply participating schools with pedometers, on loan, and tracking sheets. For further information contact Aisling Hubbard

SAILING Open days - Sailing Ireland
Sailing clubs, with the support of Local Sports partnerships, will open their doors for student TRY SAILING days during April. No boat, no experience necessary. Schools are asked to raise awareness about this initiative within their school community and as part of their planning for Active School Week (2016).


Active School Week - Offers of SUPPORT
Many thanks to the National Governing Bodies of Sport and Ireland Active leisure Centres for offering to support schools that are running ASW programmes. New offers of support will be uploaded to the ASF website every MONDAY

ASW Offers of Support

ASW FEEDBACK - SN Seosamh Naofa, Bree, Co. Wexford
SN Seosamh Naofa ran their first ASW programme in 2015.
Click here to find out about their ASW programme and to view the FEEDBACK that they received from pupils and parents. 

This ASW Power Point is full of ideas that schools can incorporate into ASW programmes. Schools considering running their first ASW programme might find it useful to show this power point at staff meetings. Other ideas can be found by visiting the ASW section of the website

The Scoil Iosagain, Farranree ASW RAP and lyrics is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Primary schools should have already received their ASW posters and Post Primary schools should receive them in the week beginning March 7th.
ASW Poster - English
ASW Poster - Gaeilge

If you have any photographic/video material from previous ASW programmes  or really successful ASW initiatives that you would like to share with other schools please contact
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