Active Flag

We have been very active here in school since we came back after Christmas.  Tag rugby has begun again for the senior classes, swimming begins on Friday, Offaly Sports Partnership is running a six week P.E programme for the Cairdeas children and all classes have been very active at lunchtimes and during P.E. classes.  To keep up the activity why not take part in the Operation Transformation walk on Saturday 18th January in Tullamore.  See full details below.

Cairdeas children taking part in activities run by Offaly Sports Partnership:

Before the Christmas holidays, the whole school came together to perform “Fight Song”, a dance we learned for active homework.

Take a look at some of the activities we have been getting up to since September.




Active School Flag slogan:

We worked together to find and agree on an Active School slogan. We received fantastic slogan entries from every class. Our Caretaker, Eddie, found it difficult to choose just one slogan. In the end, he picked a slogan created by Ciara in 5th class, which was: “Run, walk, jump, play. Let’s be active in every way!” As a reward, our winner was credited with an extra P.E lesson for her whole class.

Active School Committee

Introducing our new Active School Committee for term 1. Each child here will be representing their class on our mission to keep active. Welcome to the team, boys and girls!   


What Does The Active School Committee Do?

The committee has a number of roles including:

  • Attending Active School Meetings
  • Coming up with ideas for different activities that classes can do throughout the year.
  • Making announcements in each classroom
  • Checking the PE equipment and keeping it tidy.
  • Taking on the role of playground leaders
  • Planning, organising and running “Active School Week.”


What club are you in?

Senior members of our Active School Committee, along with their friends, conducted a “What club are you in?” survey. They learned that there are many different clubs in local areas. They created posters to inform the rest of the school about the various clubs and organisations operating in the local community.


Physical Activity Acknowledgements

Our school praises and encourages physical activity efforts and success both during school and outside of school hours. The children display photos of their achievements in the “Proud Cloud” section of our Active School noticeboard.


Parent and Student Questionnaires

Our senior Active School Committee distributed parent and student questionnaires. The committee spent some time discussing and recording the responses from these questionnaires. The information gained from these questionnaires will inform our Active School initiative going forward.

Active School Week

Our annual Active School Week will run from 5th – 8th May 2020. (Weather permitting.)

Any parents/family members who wish to participate or make suggestions for this exciting event are invited to contact Ms Leonard here in the school. More information will follow in the coming months.

The staff and students of Geashill N.S were delighted to be awarded the Active School Flag in June 2017. As a newly accredited active school we will continuously strive to achieve “a physically educated and physically active school community.”

What is an active school flag?

The Department of Education and Skills wishes to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physical educated and physically active school community by awarding them the Active School Flag (ASF). The Active School Flag will be awarded to schools that:

  • Adhere to DES guidelines regarding PE timetable provision for all students
  • Teach a broad and balanced PE curriculum
  • Inform and invite the whole school community to participate in the ASF process
  • Self-evaluate current provision in terms of PE, Physical Activity and Partnerships
  • Plan, implement and monitor improvements for each of the aforementioned areas
  • Organise an ‘Active School Week’ as part of the annual school calendar.

The Active School Flag is funded by the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills and based in Mayo Education Centre. Once awarded the ASF remains valid for a period of 3 years.

To learn more please visit the Active School Flag website 

Some of the activities we took part in last year:




Active Art


10 @ 10


The Geashill to Malin Head Running Challenge

Walk On Wednesday




Penalty Shootouts


“Climb the Heights” Skipping Challenge