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MARCH Newsletter

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NOW OPEN PDST PE: Cooperative Learning Workshop
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.  This workshop will run from March to April around the country.
BOOK Your Place  

PDST PE: Physical Literacy - Seminar 4 
This seminar focuses on developing pupils’ motivation and confidence to participate in physical activity for life. This seminar will run from March to May in venues around the country. Booking opens later this week on Keep an eye on Twitter @PDSTpe and on the PDST PE website.

PDST PE: In-School Support
PDST in-school support is ongoing at this time. A primary PE advisor can visit your school to support you with planning and preparation of your PE programme, or to facilitate lesson modelling across all strands of the PE curriculum. Schools can apply for in-school PDST PE support through the online application system HERE.

SAVE THE DATE! This year's conference 'Practical and Playful Voices in PE'  will take place on the 7th of May in Marino Institute of Education, DUBLIN. Workshop and booking details coming soon! Website  - Twitter  - Facebook - Instagram 


NEXT WEEK: Run Around IRELAND (Part 2) 
March 14h - April 8th

ASF encourages teachers and classes to commit to the 2022 Run Around IRELAND challenge, starting on Monday, March 14th. .

Hints and Tips SLIDESHOW 
Map (English)
Map (Irish)
Class Challenge Chart (English)
Class Challenge Chart (Irish)
Progress Chart (English)
Progress Chart (Irish)
Well Done Certificate (English)
Well Done Certificate (Irish) 

PRIMARY schools working towards ASF and primary schools with current ASF status will receive an A1 map poster and an A3 challenge chart by post this week. We have a limited number of maps remaining in the office. If you would like to request additional maps for your school please email Aideen and we will do our best to facilitate. 

Siúlbhealach Gníomhach Scoile & Seachtain na Gaeilge
Tá deis iontach againn le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge triail  a bhaint as cuid de na dúshláin ar an siúlbhealach a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge, mar shampla, an cuardach foclóra, bealach treoireachta, ainmniú dathanna agus cruthanna. Is féidir  na cártaí oibre réamh-dhéanta a fháil ar shuíomh idirlín an BSG 
Siúlbhealach Gníomhach Scoile Cairteacha Teimpléid
#FeelGoodFridays: WALKWAY Day (March 25th) 
If you are introducing an Active School Walkway to your school for the first time this is a great day to launch it. It's also a great day to try out some of the NEW Walkway challenges for 2022. These are accessible in the ASF Members Area.Please share your #FeelGoodFridaysWALKWAYDay photos/videos, via Twitter with @ActiveFlag @GetIreWalking @HealthyIreland 
Or by emailing video URLs to Aideen, (remembering to quote your school roll number in the subject line).



Sosanna Spleodracha 
(Irish Heart Foundation/Gaelbhratach)

What better way to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge than by combining Irish with movement and mindfulness in your classroom? The Irish Heart Foundation, in partnership with Gaelbhratach, have developed Bizzy Breaks as Gaeilge - Sosanna Spleodracha. You'll find all your favourite Bizzy Breaks activities as Gaeilge alongside the poster, a series of great follow-along videos and a vocabulary handbook.
Sosanna Spleodracha - Resources
Sosanna Spleodracha - Videos

Action For Life (Irish Heart Foundation) 
Explore our NEW resources for physical literacy through PE & SPHE. Join us at the upcoming Action for Life webinar, for lots of top tips & practical ideas to promote FUN and inclusive PE for all. 
Webinar: Wednesday, March 23rd (7-8.30 pm) - Sign up HERE 

Bizzy Breaks (Irish Heart Foundation) 
Bizzy Breaks webinars will take place later this month packed full of ideas and resources to help teachers to weave movement breaks and mindfulness in to the school day

Webinar 1: Thursday, March 31st (7-8.30 pm) Sign up HERE
Webinar 2: Thursday, April 28th (7-8.30 pm) Sign Up HERE 

10@10 Videos (Fingal Sports Office) 
We hope that schools are enjoying the NEW SERIES #SportsCon 10@10 sessions. If you missed them, you can catch up on the first three videos HERE 
Join the #SportsCon team this Friday 11th March @ 9:55am for the next live 10@10 session 


National Active School Week (#ASW22) will take place 3-6th May, 2022  
As always, if this week doesn't suit your school, you are free to organise your #ASW22 programme at a different time.  

 #ASW22 - Ideas and Inspiration
We are very excited about the #ASW22 - Ideas and Inspiration webinar that will take place later this month. We have so many NEW ideas and resources to bring to you, as well as lots of advice for schools that may be planning their first #ASW programme. Not to be missed!!!
See section below

If YOUR school has any great #ASW ideas, please tell us about them by emailing  - We'd love to feature them at our upcoming #ASW22 webinars. 

This webinar is designed to offer advice in relation to the ASF committee, playground leaders and other leadership roles for pupils. 

Webinar: Thursday, March 10th (4-5pm) 
BOOK Your Place 

#ASW22 - Ideas and Inspiration 
These webinars are designed to help and inspire schools with their planning for #ASW22

Webinar 1: Tuesday, March 29th (4-5pm) 
Webinar 2: Wednesday, March 30th (7-8pm) 
BOOK Your Place 

'Nearly There' Webinars
These webinars are for new applicant and renewal schools that are advanced with the ASF process and hoping to submit their application form before the end of 2022. 

Webinar 1: Tuesday. April 5th (4-5pm) 
Webinar 2: Wednesday, April 6th (7-8pm) 
BOOK Your Place 

RENEWAL schools that attend both the 'Getting Started' and the 'Nearly There' webinars will, in addition to their renewal flag, receive an ASF outdoor banner for their school railings. 


ASF Primary Schools: Please UPDATE School Profile Page 
ALL primary schools with current ASF status, and schools due to renew their ASF this year, 
are asked to LOG IN to their online ASF school account to update their SCHOOL PROFILE page. This is particularly important for schools wishing to renew their ASF status this year as out of date information will result in delays to your application being processed. 

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

General/Applications: Majella 
Training/Resources: Aideen
Post Primary: Carol 

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