Active School Flag
The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often.
Active School Week 2021
CONGRATULATIONS to our Active Slogan winners:
Junior Infants: Freya Mc Kenna and Conor Tierney
Senior Infants: Matthew Dolan and James Connolly
1st Class: James Mc Kenna and Sophie Higgins
2nd Class: Conor Brady and Ciara Mulligan
3rd Class: Liam Mc Cormack and Darragh O' Malley
4th Class: Frank Connolly and Niamh Eannetta
5th Class: Katie Mc Crystal and Ryan O' Malley
6th Class: Ryan Robb and Eimear Bell
An extra CONGRATULATIONS to our OVERALL winner.... Katie Mc Crystal!!
We rounded off the best week with even MORE fun!! Today we had GAA coaching with Chloe Sherry who plays for Monaghan ladies. Thank you Chloe the children loved it so much! We had an outdoor disco, our senior room played the final of their Champions League....it was nail-biting stuff! We had some balloon keepie uppie fun on the pitch, wall sit challenges, more Active Walkway learning and completed many more laps taking us around Ireland AGAIN!!
Another busy day today! A huge thank you to Rhea Mc Kenna for coaching our pupils and helping to develop their Gymnastics skills, they really enjoyed this!
Senior Infants and 1st class enjoying some Active Addition on our Walkway!
The Senior room, actively coming up with strategies to help estimate the area of our school yard.
The senior room's Champions League is going so well! This is definitely one of the highlights of the week!
Wednesday began with an active zoom call from Ciarán and Orlagh from Coral Leisure Monaghan. They really put the children through their paces. Thank you so much Ciaran and Orlagh!
4th to 6th class headed away to Rossmore Park for a History/Outdoor and Adventure lesson. To say they were tired on their return would be an understatement!! Thanks so much to Mr. Finlay for the wonderful, fun day that the pupils will always fondly cherish.
Scavenger huts have become a firm favourite, Here are Senior Infants and 1st class enjoying theirs. Counting, sorting, matching, recognising digits and problem solving along with plenty of ACTIVE FUN!!
3rd to 6th didn't have the chance to rest much when they returned...here they are enjoying another fun cycling lesson with @Bikegreen_ie
Thank you Active School Flag for our Twitter frame.
Tuesday's Active Homework challenge was quite special with Active Challenges from Monaghan GAA football star Karl O' Connell. A HUGE thanks to Karl for sending in these challenges!!
Click on the link below to view...
Today we scooted to school, completed Active Walkway Challenges, enjoyed some yoga, ran to more places of interest for our Run Around Ireland Challenge and danced to Go Noodle.
What a BRILLIANT start to Active week. Thank you to Aideen Treanor who had the children complete some very fun and challenging activities. There were many tired legs afterwards!! Thanks also to Paul Carragher from Monaghan Sports Partnership for organising this coaching session.
Mr. Finlay's room enjoyed a virtual tour of Croke Park on Monday. Thanks to the GAA museum and Tours.
Today the pupils also completed some Active Walkway activities, played rock paper scissors....HOP, had some fun scavenger hunts and the senior room's Champions League tournament began!
Active Homework during Active School Week!!
Such a wide range of Active Activities continuing at home. Have a look to see... golfing, dancing, secret handshakes, throwing to a target, Olympic diving exercises, GAA drills, cycling(Clink on this link to see our budding cyclists... twitter.com/i/status/1387893459906879493
We will be celebrating our Active School Week the 26th-30th April 2021. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
See links below for some great Family Fitness at home activities you can use anytime to keep your children active and meeting the minimum requirement of 60 minutes physical activity everyday!
We have a whole school PE plan in place which was drafted by the principal and teachers. Regularly, our teachers participate in Continuous Professional Development in the area of PE. Ideas, strategies, tips and resources from these CPD sessions are shared with all staff members.
Fundamental Movement Skills
This year we have decided to go right back to basics and focus on the Fundamental Movement skills of:
All our P.E. lessons will take place outdoors in line with COVID-19 Guidelines.
Priority Strand 2020-2021:
Outdoor and Adventure
Have a look below at some of the fun and learning going on around our priority strand. This learning didn't end over lock down either, it became a great way to get the whole family involved!!
We have planned some VERY fun activities during the month of May which will really target this strand, we are very excited!! Watch this space for updates.
Our new Active Walkway is proving a BIG hit. The senior room are enjoying the good weather while completing some Literacy activities.
Have a look at what else we have been doing in PE since September 2019!
Rock Paper Scissors.... JUMP!!
GAA training with Ann is always a HUGE hit!!
We challenged the pupils...
The teachers challenged our pupils learning from home to a keepie uppie challenge with a difference. Have a look on our YouTube channel to see how the teachers and pupils got on!! It was definitely much trickier than it looks....Why don't you give it a go? :-)
Our pupils from Junior Infants to 3rd class really missed their siblings, cousins and friends that were still remotely learning from home. We decided to come together by learning the "Jerusalema" dance and performing it together. It was fun remotely learning together even though we were apart!!
You can see the finished video on out YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtbJnRmOifCNJuyUQXv1pqA/videos
on our School Twitter page: https://twitter.com/StDympnasNs.
Our Junior Infants thoroughly enjoyed completing the PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) lessons.
This strand will be covered in May
During school closures, PE lessons were still completed at home. We had fun challenges and daily active homework choice boards to complete.
Movement breaks are a very important part of the school day. The children enjoy Go Noodle, Yoga and Running breaks which are timetabled everyday. This year we have also began using the Bizzy Breaks from the Irish Heart Foundation.
Running Breaks/ Run Around Ireland
We are very lucky to have the privilege of taking part in the Active School pilot for "Active Sitting". We use the stability balls whilst completing work but we also utilise these in our movement breaks!! We are so excited to get started!
We have Active homework every Thursday. Have a look at an example of the homework we complete.
Active break and lunch times are encouraged. Our active yard monitors ensure that pupils in their playground are actively engaged at all times. They are well equipped with games and playground equipment to encourage everyone to keep active!
We even use our outdoor classroom seating to keep active and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!!
Actively scooting to school 2021
Click on the link below to see how well we can scoot!
Active Easter/ Walkway launch celebrations 2021
Click here to watch as we launched our walkway. Thank you to Eimear and Eamonn president and vice-president of our Active School Committee. They gave a fantastic speech along with cutting the ribbon!
Run Around Ireland Challenge- March 2021
Have a look at our Infants enjoying their daily laps.
As a whole school we have made it to:
Week 1: Armagh Observatory, Aviva Stadium, Bunratty Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Corlea Bog, Croagh Patrick, Devenish Island, Dunmore Cave, Glencar Waterfall and Proleek Dolmen.
Week 2: Gobbins Cliff Walk, Killarney National Park, Leap Castle, Mondello Race Track and The National Aquarium of Ireland.
Week 3: Spike Island, Sport Ireland Campus, The Viking Triangle and the Ulster Americal Folk Park.
We managed to run further than plotted on the map by week three- as a whole school!
We are still continuing to calculate the distance we run in our class groups.
Active St. Patrick's Day 2021
Click on the links below for a glimpse of all the ACTIVE fun we had!
Active Halloween 2020
Active Halloween 2019
Active Halloween 2018
Please follow the link below if you are in interested in developing your cycling skills. Cycling Ireland is current;y running a free online programme beginning Monday 10th May 2021.
Your child can:
Cycling Workshop-April 2021
Thank you @Bikegreen_ie
Click on link below to see how we got on.
Findings from our Active School Parent and Pupil Questionnaires. Click on the links below.
Live Zoom with Ulster All Star Winner Ellen Mc Carron!
The pupils absolutely loved this, a huge thank you to Ellen Mc Carron and well done to all who participated!
GAA Coaching 2020
We had six weeks of Gaelic coaching with Ann Mc Kenna.
Thank you Active School Flag for our lovely playground leader bibs!
Well done to our 4th class who participated in a recent Blitz.
Walk on Wednesday.
Thank you to our parents who came to help out!
We would also like to say a big Thank You to Mr. John Mullen for his kind donation to St. Dympna’s N.S. This donation has allowed us to purchase a range of new equipment.
Active Flag raising ceremony
A huge thanks to Rory Beggan who raised our active flag. He, along with members of Scotstown GAA also gave their time to complete some fitness challenges and coach our budding county players!!
A big well done to Jamie and Caolán who competed in a blitz in Co. Derry with their club, Scotstown GAA.
"Active School Week 2020" became "Active Home Week 2020". Things may have been very different to what we were accustomed to but that didn't stop us from having a fantastic, fun, active week! Here are some of the active activities we got up to...
"Walk a mile with a smile"
Joe Wicks DAILY activities
Teacher challenges- The wheelie bin challenge!
Daily Running challenges
Walking in our locality- scavenger hunt for historic artifacts.
Cleaning our P.E cupboard!!!
What a mess. Our PE cupboard was so untidy in September we managed to lose one of our senior pupils! Can you spot anyone behind all the mess? Have a guess who it is.
Thankfully, we managed to rescue our 5th class pupil... Áine. Did you guess correctly? Thanks to the Active School committee members. What a difference!!
Active School Week 2017
School Turns Blue For Scotstown