Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland, and part of the National Physical Activity Plan.
The ASF initiative provides schools with a framework to guide, support and incentivise them to work towards achieving a physically educated and physically active school community.
Once awarded, ASF remains valid for a period of 3 years, after which time schools are invited to re-engage with the process.” (activeschoolflag.ie)
We have a great committee of children from 2-6th involved in this process. The children love participating in this and love meeting to discuss new ideas on how we can get everyone more involved.
Christmas Jumper Day
Every year we take part in The Christmas Jumper Day. This is an annual fundraiser organised by Crumlin Children’s Hospital. This fundraiser creates a great fun filled atmosphere for the children and staff. We are delighted to be able to participate in the raising of much needed funds for Crumlin.
Incredible Edibles is a healthy eating initiative for Primary School pupils.
It encourages schools across the country to get busy growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries, turnips and herbs.
Schools are supplied with grow packs containing everything they need to grow a veritable feast of healthy foods!
We plan on sowing & growing our own fruits and vegetables. We will use what we have grown in some tasty recipes – we call this “from seed to plate”. This encourages the children to taste and create healthy snacks and foods.
VEX Robotics & Video Presentation
“All students are natural scientists and engineers. They love to question, tinker, experiment and play. VEX competitions foster these skills and capitalize on the motivational effects of competitions and robotics to help all students create an identity as a STEM learner. VEX competitions are also a great way to expose students to valuable soft skills like communication, collaboration and time-management in a fun and authentic way. The VEX Robotics competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!” (VEXROBOTICS.COM)
For the last 2 years the children from Bohermore National School have participated in the VEX Robotics Competition hosted by Dell Computers. The children learned so much and had great fun participating in this event.
Letters to Nursing Home
As a way of reaching out to people in our community during these unprecedented and challenging times, we wrote letters to the residents in a local nursing home. The children wanted to spread a message of goodwill. We are all very proud of their efforts.
The children of Bohermore National School have been learning Sean Nós and Set Dancing for a number of years. They are very talented!! The children were involved in a Sean Nós Flash Mob for a fundraiser for Crumlin Children’s Hospital in the Crescent Shopping centre.
Handball is a fast paced, highly skilful, hugely entertaining, and fully inclusive sport. The fitness benefits of the game are vast. Speed, agility, endurance, flexibility, and bilateral coordination all come in to play in the sport that once you play for the first time, you wont ever want to stop. But what makes this game so great is that all you require to play is a ball and a wall…..it’s really that simple!” (GAAHANDBALL.IE)
Bohermore NS has a long history with Bohermore Handball Club. They participate in weekly lessons and are involved in tournaments and competitions throughout the county.
World Book Day
“World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Our mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.” (Worldbookday.com)
Every year the children of Bohermore National School participate in World Book Day. They dress up as their favourite character from their favourite book. They present a summary of their favourite book to the class. It is a thoroughly enjoyable day!!
As part of the curriculum for Physical Education, the child should be enabled to:
- understand basic hygiene procedures
- appreciate the dangers of water
- understand how to stay safe in water
- develop an increased understanding of flotation
- develop an appreciation of the freedom of movement in water
- extend knowledge of swimming strokes
- discuss a wide range of aquatic activities water polo, synchronised swimming, lifesaving
- become aware of local organisations and clubs that promote aquatics.
Every year the children from 1st -6th classes engage in swimming lessons for approximately 8-10 weeks. The children are taken by bus to the venue.