Clondalkin’s first ever Active School Flag was presented by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, to St. Mary’s SNS in Rowlagh at a packed assembly on Friday.
The staff and children of the school were joined by parents to celebrate their achievement of receiving Clondalkins’ first ever Active School Flag award. The flag is given to schools in recognition of their physically active and physically educated ethos and so far 110 schools nationwide have been awarded this Flag.
“I’m pleased to help celebrate this fantastic achievement by all the children and staff of St. Mary’s JNS here in Rowlagh,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald who was the guest of honour at the event.
“It’s wonderful to see so many girls and boys so enthusiastic about getting active, fit and healthy. This flag is a tribute not just to their efforts but to the support and hard work of every member of staff and the encouragement of their parents,” continued Fitzgerald.
“The Active Flag is a relatively new initiative and we are all hoping that it becomes as successful as the Green Flag Programme. Physical Education is of such importance to our young people and it is something I am working hard at a Government level to encourage. Senator Eamonn Coghlan came out to our area recently to help me launch a new local authority play and recreation network which empowers Council’s to support schools and local organisations developing programmes like this. Eamonn has developed a pilot programme being run in a number of schools to introduce regular cardio vascular exercise into the daily curriculum and I think that schools like St. Mary’s who have already achieved their Active Schools Flag are leading the way,” said Minister Fitzgerald.
“Skipping, football, handball; you name it these kids have done it. It’s so important that they continue this ethos into their lives and you never know; they might just teach us a thing or two about how to be fitter, healthier and more active,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.