Abbeyleix South National School

Scoil Náisiúnta Mainistir Laoise Theas

Our Active School



Keep fit, stay in shape, don’t quit, that’s a mistake!

Active School Committee

Our Active School Committee is made up of 6 students from 1st to 6th class.

We meet every second week to work hard to retain our Active School Flag in Abbeyleix South N.S.

Members of the committee wear special active school badges to help the rest of the school get to know who they are.

The whole school get active homework every Thursday night.

Active Committee members,

Mark Cleary 1st Class

Suzie Brain 2nd class

Aoife O Connell 3rd class

Ellen Harvey 4th class

Holly Tormey 5th class

Hannah Cahill 6th class

We have a suggestion box beside our active school noticeboard for students to give us their unique ideas on staying active. The children read these out at our ASF (Active School Flag) meetings.

With the help of the committee the whole school and parents are kept informed of our mission.



Children have covered many different games in P.E including soccer, tag rugby, basketball and tennis . We love learning from our teachers and experienced coaches from local clubs.

Swimming (March 7th-April 25th )

The whole school from Junior Infants to sixth class took part in 6 weeks of swimming lessons. We really enjoyed the whole experience. Gaining the important life skill of swimming is something we should all be proud of.

We have learned many skills including different strokes, diving, entering and exiting the pool and even life saving skills. We will be taking part in the PAWS programme and we are looking forward to it. We love swimming.


Gymnastics (January 11th-February8th)

The whole school took part in a six week block lessons of gymnastics. We learned many sequences including preparation moves for doing handstands and cartwheels. Some of the older classes could perform round offs by the end of the six week block. It was really impressive.

Some children from 6th class stayed in at break-times for many weeks and used our school hall to practice what they had learned with the ASF coordinator Miss Kelly.



We have a well done wall in our school where the children bring in photos of their achievements in sport and photos of them being active outside of school with their family and friends


We have been very lucky this year to not have had too many wet breaks! On days where we have had to stay inside because of weather we have remained active. Older classes used the hall for their own gymnastic sessions while younger classes used go noodle, free flowing exercise movement as well as chair aerobics with Miss Kelly. All we needed was a chair, some music and ourselves. A great way to keep fit while having fun at the same time!

The children have access to a wide variety of equipment when on break and we have special storage facilities for equipment used at both breaks. We have playground leaders assuring all the equipment is put back at the end of each break. The pitch as well as the court are in full use. Basketball is a regular sight in Abbeyleix where children have lunchtime challenge matches. The children love to practice their tennis skills and have ample room to do so. The pitch is fully equipped with different stations set out for football, athletics , skipping and hula hooping. The children love to take part in yard aerobics with Miss Kelly and can be regularly seen branching off into their own yard aerobics groups and taking turns to be the instructor. The person calling out the moves still has to do them ensuring we are all staying active!

The members of the active committee are taught playground games like traffic lights, cups and saucers, duck duck goose and sea ship shore that they teach the younger classes to play. The active members make and take responsibility for the equipment needed for these games. It is a great success.


In October 2017 we held a Halloween disco with lots of fun activities. The children danced the night away and played a variety of fun active games.


During lesson transitions in the classroom teachers use games like ‘copy the instructor’ where one person is chosen to be the instructor and do a variety of moves (5) and the other children copy and the instructor chooses a new instructor each round.

In resource math classes Miss Kelly uses ‘finger count’ games to help learn our tables but be active at the same time. The children love it.



We loved participating in the 10@10 and we try to do it on a weekly basis in our classrooms. The children are very good at suggesting the exercises themselves. Exercises include running on the spot, star jumps, high legs, hopping on alternative legs and even some bur-pees!

In November for one week we took part in the ‘To the Moon and Back’ programme in association with the Irish heart foundation. The children used pedometers to count their daily steps and set personal targets to achieve over the course of the week. The teachers were provided with lots of concrete materials, ideas and activities to implement in their classrooms in order for the children to achieve their steps per day.

On Sunday the 29th April we had our family fun day where parents and children got involved in a variety of active games and events. Along with the children, parents and teachers took part too.



Due to the bank holiday Monday we had badminton coaching with Declan Bennett of Badminton Ireland on Friday 4th May.

Our Active week started off with a great start with a planned school and parent walk around Abbeyleix. All the teachers wore their tracksuits and runners to school this week! The children and teachers from Junior Infants to 6th wore their high visibility vests and did a 3km walk around the town. We were blessed with sunshine on the day and arrived back to school feeling energised and ready for some cool drinks.

3rd and 4th class did a short woodland walk that day with their teacher Ms. Wallace and Miss Kelly went with them.

All classes took part in orienteering and outdoor games throughout the day.


Classes took part in ‘run a mile with a smile’ something they have been practicing for on Wednesday afternoons on the pitch.


Ms. Wallace’s class used the perimeter of the school to mark out their mile and Ms. Wallace got involved too. Well done to everyone. Keep running and smiling.


What great excitement. Today was bike day. The children brought their bikes/scooters to school and took part in a variety of bike games with their teachers on the court and avenue of the school including relays, duck duck goose and traffic lights.


Friday was dance day. We took part in a variety of dance styles including céilí and hip hop. The children used the school hall and the classrooms to drop everything and dance. We were exercising and having so much fun at the same time.