This year, City Quay NS is going to try and get an Active Schools Flag!


The Active School Flag  is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The award recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

Here at City Quay NS, we are going stay active and healthy and work as hard as we can to get our Active School Flag for 2017 – 2018 school year.



Find out more about the Active School Flag below:



Our Active School Flag Committee



We have a very hardworking team on our Active School Flag Committee. The committee is made up of two students from 4th , two students from 5th and two students from 6th class. Ms Kelly and Ms Rafter are the two teachers who are on the committee to help the members come up with ideas and strategies to make our school healthier and more active! 


Our Active School Flag


Lunchtime Leaders


As part of our Active Flag, we have assigned ‘Lunchtime Pals’ to help keep everyone active and supervise and help out with our games on Yard. The yard is split into different sections so that everyone has a safe space to play fun and active games during the break time! Lunchtime pals are volunteers from 4th, 5th and 6th class, and the ‘Supervisors’ make sure that everyone is doing their duty on yard and they help to organise the Duties Rota with Ms. Conway. The lunchtime locker has our ‘Active Yard’ Games, list of equipment to be kept safe and the names of the Lunchtime Pals who are on each week. 


6th Class Lunchtime Pals


5th Class Lunchtime Pals


4th Class Lunchtime Pals





Lunchtime Pal Supervisors from 5th and 6th Class







Since September, we have been working hard to try and become active during the school day. We have even started to use GoNoodle and all of the class love using these Active Breaks throughout the school day. A GoNoodle of the month helped classroom teachers pick a video to begin with.

September GoNoodle of the Month was: My Racing Heart




Ms Horan came up with the fantastic idea of using GoNoodle in her classroom last year to celebrate birthdays in an active way instead of giving out treats! The ‘Birthday Song’ on GoNoodle is used in Senior Infants to celebrate a student’s birthday at the end of the day!


We went on Nature Walks to keep active.


For Halloween, we dressed up and went down to the hall to show off our amazing costumes. After assembly, we had 4 minutes to quickly take off our costumes and get ready for the rest of the day. Each class did ‘Bones Bones Bones!’ for the October GoNoodle of the Month in their classrooms to celebrate Halloween.






Celebrating Student Sport Achievements


6th Class student with their Player of the Year Award


Senior Infant Student with a Swimming Award

 During the months of September, October, November and December, 5th Class and 6th Class participated in Dublin City Council’s and IABA ‘Gold Boxing Programme’ with Michael Carruth. The programme involved boxing with Michael and him giving the children taster sessions in the school before certain pupils were selected to train and compete. The students really enjoyed the experience of trying out a new sport and even won some medals! Well done to all of our boxing champions who took part in the competitions in the National Stadium.








Jingle Bell Rock out


For Christmas, we decided to hold a ‘Jingle Bell Rock Out’ for the whole school at 11:30am in the hall. We used the projector to display our favourite GoNoodle Videos and we danced and rocked until the bell rang at 12 noon for our Christmas Holidays!


November GoNoodle of the Month: Awesome Rainbows






January: Operation Transformation


Operation Transformation has begun in City Quay NS! Check out our Active Homework and Notices that are posted around the school. We want as many parents involved as possible!



We will be documenting our 6 week challenge here on the Active School Section of the website.

This week ( January 15th- 19th) is week 1 of Operation Transformation City Quay! We have started the fitness classes for parents on a Monday, Healthy Cooking for Parents on a Wednesday, Couch to 5k on a Friday. For the students of City Quay, the Active Committee worked hard finding out what other students wanted for Operation Transformation 2018. We have started ‘Move with Mark at 10:15 on a Thursday morning for the duration of the six weeks and we have started Fitness Classes during Yard Time for anyone who would like to get involved in the hall with Ava from 12:30- 1pm. Check out some of the photos below. 










Move With Mark





Fitness Wednesdays with Ava


Who is Mark? 

Mark Lacey is our local ‘Fitspiration’ who is holding our parents fitness class on a Monday and Cookery Class on a Wednesday. ‘Move with Mark’ involves the whole school and everyone is trying to reach their 60 minutes of exercise a day, target. Mark has completed 84 Marathons and 4 IronMans! He has ran countless races and holds lots of strength and conditioning classes in the gym across the road, daily!