Active Schools

Active School Flag

We are delighted to have achieved our Active Flag in Rathnure N.S. in June 2019.   Our Active Flag committee is combined with our Health Promoting School Committee as we work on most initiatives together.



Rathnure N.S. is committed to providing high-quality Physical Education to all pupils.  All classes receive 60 minutes of formal PE lessons each week.  All classes are taught the strands of Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Outdoor & Adventure each year.  Pupils from 1st-6th class also take part in Aquatics, having swimming lessons each year in the Apex in New Ross.

Teachers use a variety of resources to guide them in delivering quality PE lessons.  PSSI Lesson Plans are widely used throughout the school and we have focused on the Dance strand for the school year 2019/2020 in order to build on our resources in this area.  We have introduced the Move Well, Move Often programme to teach the Fundamental Movement Skills to all pupils.  In September 2019, we introduced a standardised PE timetable, meaning that all classes will be taught the same strand and Fundamental Movement Skill at the same time during the school year.  This will allow for the sharing of resources and ideas among staff and ensure that an equal amount of time is given to each strand.


  • Staff v 6th Class Step Challenge – each year 6th class pupils take on the staff in a step challenge. Pupils wear pedometers for a week recording their steps every day.  The following week, it’s the staff’s turn and whoever gets the most combined steps are the winners.  The winners then choose a forfeit for the losers!!
  • Lunchtime Leagues – we run various lunchtime leagues throughout the school year in Hurling, Football and Soccer. Teams are made up of boys and girls from different classes and matches are played during lunchtime.  Older pupils act as managers for the teams.
  • ‘Do your Talking as You’re Walking’ – we have introduced this into our playground to encourage pupils who, even if they just want to chat, they can do so while walking to make sure they are keeping active.
  • Playground Game of the Month – we have a different playground game each month that pupils can choose to play on the yard if they wish. Our committee members teach the game to younger classes at the start of each month and encourage them to play it throughout the month.   The game is displayed at each door to the yard as a reminder.
  • Playground Leaders – pupils from 4th-6th class can sign up to become a Playground Leader.  They give up one lunch break per week to play games with the Junior Classes, ensuring they are active and happy throughout break time.
  • Active School Walkway – We have a designated walkway around the pitch in our school.  One lap of the walkway is 330m, meaning that for every 3 laps you do, you have completed a kilometre.
  • Active Breaks – All classes take part in active breaks throughout the school day.  This includes Go-Noodle, Bizzy Breaks and a variety of classroom movement ideas.  On a wet day, if pupils cannot go outside at break time, extra time will be given to movement breaks in the classroom.
  • Tour of Europe Challenge – this running challenge will take place in the Summer term each year.  Each class chooses a European landmark to ‘run’ to e.g. the Eiffel Tower is 778km away.  We use our Active Walkway to clock up the kilometres; 3 laps of our walkway is 1km.  We collect a lollipop stick every time we complete a lap to keep track!

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  • Rathnure GAA – we have a very strong school-club link with our local GAA club. We are very lucky to have access to the indoor arena which we can use for PE.  Hurling 365 runs in the club, teaching skills to the pupils after school.
  • Be Active After School – this initiative is run with the help of parents, providing a fun environment for 1st/2nd class pupils to learn basic skills. This runs during the summer term for an hour after school for one day a week and is free of charge to pupils.
  • Enniscorthy Rugby Club – coaches from Enniscorthy RFC visit the school for a block of time each year to teach rugby skills to our senior classes.
  • Cycling Ireland – Senior pupils receive cycling lessons through cycling Ireland in the Summer term each year.  Pupils cycle to school where possible on these days.  Some of our pupils cycle to school every day, we have a bike rack at the front of the school to facilitate cyclists.
  • GAA 5-Star – we are partnered with the GAA to become a GAA 5-Star Centre. The GAA 5 Star initiative aims to support and recognise Primary Schools that provide pupils with 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous Gaelic Games activity per week in a manner that ensures the children will experience fun, friendship, fairness and ultimately improve their fitness.
  • Super Troopers – All our pupils receive a Super Troopers journal which gives them Active homework each night. Pupils are encouraged to do the activity each night as part of their homework.
  • Active Flag Committee – Our Active Flag Committee is combined with our Health Promoting Schools Committee as we work on most initiatives together.  Pupils are given various roles and tasks to carry out throughout the school year such as making announcements at assembly, giving messages to the classrooms on various initiatives, designing posters for the school, carrying out surveys and checking the suggestion box.  Our pupils play a very important role in organising and delivering our Active Flag initiatives.
  • Achievement Wall – Each class has their own Achievement Wall or ‘Wow Wall’ outside their classroom.  This wall contains a picture of each child and displays their achievements outside of school in the many and varied activities they get up to as well as achievements, both sporting and otherwise made in school.
  • HSE Health Promotion – We have a very close partnership with the Health Promotion Department and are in regular contact with our Health Promotion Officer.  We are very proud to be the first school in the South East to receive the Health Promoting School flag in 2015 and are committed to improving the overall health and well being of our pupils.
  • Sports Active Wexford – we work with Sports Active Wexford to deliver programmes to our pupils to enhance their physical development and to upskill staff on various strategies to improve the delivery of PE in our school.

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Active week is a week of fun activities held in June, ending each year with our Whole-School penalty shoot-out final. We have a wide variety of activities throughout the week such as a disco in the yard, circuits and fun activities.  We like to try out a new activity each year.  In the past we have tried Boxing, Zumba Dancing and Tag Rugby.  We also try to incorporate as much physical activity into our curriculum as possible during this week, for example, doing a Maths Trail or a Minibeast hunt in the school grounds. We have a Suggestion Box in the corridor beside our Active School Notice Board where pupils and parents may give suggestions on what they would like to see during Active Week or in general to make our school more active.  Pupils and staff wear tracksuits during Active Week and Active Homework is given throughout the week.   It is always one of the most enjoyable weeks in our school.

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