Congratulations to all the staff and pupils of Gaelscoil Longfoirt who achieved active school status and an Active School Flag recently.
They celebrated their achievements on Friday last with a school ceremony.
Gaelscoil Longfoirt welcomed Ann Marie Bratten and the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Champions and Dermot Brady, Senior County player for Longford and Slashers to join them in raising the Active School Flag.
Gaelscoil Longfoirt worked very hard for the last year to achieve active school status. Although they have always been a ‘Scoil Ghníomhach’, this year they adopted some new approaches to become more active and to introduce new strategies to the pupils and teachers.
Is é an aidhm atá leis an bPróiseas Bratach Scoile Gníomhaí ná aitheantas a thabhairt do scoileanna a dhéanann iarracht pobail a chruthú atá oilte go fisiciúil agus a bhíonn gníomhach go fisiciúil.
The Active School Flag process seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
An array of events were held throughout the school year in preparation for achieving the Active School Flag. Together with the help of their múinteoirí agus the new Coiste Ghníomhach, they started a new initiative last November in which every pupil ‘walked one mile’ on designated PE days, which in turn meant every child walked two miles a week.
There are so many benefits to this: the children were ready to start work when they came back, their concentration levels were improved and they became a more active and fitter school community.
The school garden also played a huge part in attaining the Brat Gníomhach.
The school is very privileged to have a lovely ‘Gairdín’, as gardening can teach so many skills and it is also a very peaceful place.
Pupils set lots of seeds and new plants and the garden was in full bloom as a result. Tom, the gardener was always on hand to help both children and teachers learn new things!!
Bhí ‘Seachtain Ghníomhach’ acu i mí Feabhra (Active Week) and this proved very successful. This was a busy and enjoyable week in which they learned a new dance every day. The children particularly loved DEAD (Drop everything and Dance).
They also had Obair bhaile Ghníomhach (Active Homework) in which parents and children were summoned to do some extra curricular activities!! They also have a new ‘manna’ - ‘Is fearr rith maith ná droch-sheasamh’.
Chuir an taithí seo go mór leis an scoil. Tá an scoil anois an-ghníomhach agus an-aclaí. Tá siad fíor-bhrodiúil as an dea-obair atá déanta ag na páistí agus na múinteoirí go léir. Well done all!