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NOVEMBER Newsletter

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Please see below the following supports offered to schools by the PDST PE team: 

Let's Talk PE: Parent Teacher Meetings and Report Cards 
This is a prompt sheet to support teachers who are preparing to share knowledge and information about their child's PE experiences with parents in Parent Teacher Meetings or through Report Cards. This resource will shortly be available on the PDST PE and Scoilnet websites (Supporting PE at Home sections).

Supporting Your Child's PE Learning at Home  
This tri-fold flyer can be given to parents at the beginning of the year, during Parent Teacher Meetings, or the end of year with the child's report card. It presents ideas for parents for how to promote fundamental movement skill development, physical activity and physical literacy at home. This resource will shortly be available on the PDST PE and Scoilnet websites (Supporting PE at Home sections).

(Coming Soon) Physical Literacy: Seminar 4 
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 and also in physical activity within and outside of school. Developing motivation and confidence is a key element of every child’s physical literacy development. This seminar will run in the coming weeks, further updates and announcements will be posted on Twitter @PDSTpe and on the PDST PE website. Bookings can be made on

(Coming Soon) Cooperative Learning in PE: Workshops 
Cooperative learning is an instructional approach which supports pupils to work and learn together in PE. In this workshop participants will explore fun, non-contact strategies that promote cooperative learning.  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. These workshops will run in late November - January In coming weeks places will be available for booking on 


IMPORTANT - All ASF activities during 21/22 must comply with COVID-safety guidelines 

Active Break Every Day Challenge
November 8 - December 3 
ASF encourages all schools to take on the Active Break Every Day challenge. This 4-week challenge is designed to motivate, and to support, teachers and schools to build movement breaks into their daily routine. It is one of the KEY whole of school activities that schools working towards ASF must undertake and should form part of the annual calendar for all ASF schools. As always, if the national dates for this challenge don't suit your school you are free to run it at a different point in the school year. 
  • Active Breaks must adhere to COVID safety guidelines. 
  • 5-10 minutes in duration 
  • Keep it simple. 
  • Active breaks can take place indoors or outdoors, preferably outdoors 
  • Teacher are encouraged to join in also 
  • Ideal during lesson transitions.
  • Restores concentration and focus.
  • Can be linked with curricular work .
  • Mindfulness breaks can bring stillness and calmness into every day.
  • Top Tip - Laminate the challenge charts and hang them outside of classroom doors to create a buzz around the school.
Active Breaks Challenge Chart 
An Dúshlan Sos Gníomhach 

ASF: Active Breaks Resources 
Jam Jar Active Breaks 
Climb the Heights Skipping Challenge 
Run Around Ireland - Part 1
Rith Timpeall na hEireann
Active School Walkway: There are lots of ways that the walkway can be used for active breaks and 'learning on the move' activities. 

PDST  PE: Active Break Resources 
Movement in the Classroom
Some of the following PE-based 'non-contact' activities could be used for short, outdoor movement breaks. 
120 Non-Contact PE Activities 
120 Gníomhaíocht Neamhtheagmhálacha

Irish Heart Foundation: Active Breaks Resources 
Bizzy Breaks Poster
Bizzy Breaks - Video
Bizzy Breaks - Booklet 
Bizzy Breaks - Spotify
BIzzy Breaks - Interactive Resources
Mindfulness Resources
Ag Teacht: Bizzy Breaks As Gaeilge (See Partnerships section) 

HSE: Active Breaks Resources
Get Active in the Classroom  
Bí Ghníomhach sa Seomra Ranga 

Fingal Sports Office: Active Breaks Resources  
10@10 videos sessions will be re-released every FRIDAY morning, from Friday 5th, (9:30am approx.) via Fingal Sports Office Twitter FacebookInstagram 

#FeelGoodFridays: Active HALLOWEEN - Award Recipients 
WELL DONE to the following schools who will shortly receive an outdoor speaker in recognition of their Active Halloween initiatives. 
  • Stonehall NS, Co Clare
  • St Dympna's NS, Co Monaghan 
  • Castleconnell NS, Co Limerick 
  • Scoil Mhuire, Brusna, Co Roscommon
  • St Patrick's NS, Glencullen, Co Dublin 
#FeelGoodFridays: Active Slogan Day (November 26th) 
We are asking as many schools as possible (primary/post primary/special schools) to share their Active School slogans (English/Irish) with us on Friday, November 26th. Please tag @ActiveFlag @HealthyIreland @Education_Ire including #FeelGoodFridays Active Slogan so that we don't miss out on any! Alternatively, you can email your slogan to (remembering to include your roll number in the subject line).

This is an ideal first activity for ASF committees/lead classes, in schools working towards ASF this year. It could have an accompanying artwork element as well if schools wish to design their own active school logo.  


(Ag Teacht) Bizzy Breaks - As Gaeilge
Tá dea-scéal ag an Irish Heart Foundation - i gcomhar le Gaelbhratach beidh leagan Gaeilge de Bizzy Breaks ar fáíl go luath. Is achmainn iontach í seo chun sosanna gníomhacha a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge agus foclóir nua a fhoghlaim ag an am céanna. Coimeádaigí súil ar shuíomh The Irish Heart Foundation do Sosanna Spleodracha agus go leor eile.

National 'Active School Week' (#ASW22) will take place 3-6th May, 2022  
Upcoming Support WEBINARS

Pupil LEADERSHIP Webinars 
We apologise that we had to cancel the above webinars at short notice. We hope to reschedule later this month. The new dates will be advertised on the ASF website and via Twitter. Teachers that booked a place for these webinars will be notified by email about the new dates. .


APPLICATION Process (Primary Schools)  

NEW Online ASF Applications System 
We have upgraded our online application system for schools to make it more user-friendly. Prior to registering/logging in for the first time, please read the Guidelines document that relates to your school type:

Guidelines for NEW Schools
(ie: Schools that have not previously been awarded with ASF)  

Guidelines for RENEWAL Schools
(ie; Schools that previously achieved the ASF)

IMPORTANT: Closing Date for OLD System (Nov. 19th) 
As indicated in the above Guidelines documents, we will close the OLD Applications System on November 19th. After this date, all primary schools will be required to use the NEW system to apply for ASF.

Please read GUIDELINES documents above. If you have any further questions in relation to the applications system, please email Majella, remembering to include your roll number in the subject line. 


As we continue to work remotely. please direct all enquiries to 

General/Applications: Majella 
Training/Resources: Aideen

In all correspondence with ASF, please remember to quote your school ROLL NUMBER in the subject line.

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