All about the Active Schools Initiative!

What is the Active School Flag?

The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland.

The Active School Flag (ASF) is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often.
Schools must self-evaluate their current provision across three areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools must also organise an Active School Week.  The Active School Flag is awarded to schools that satisfy all of the ASF success criteria.

To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website

Why Active School Flag status?

Here in St. Matthew’s  we regard participation in sport as highly valuable. It not only promotes physical development and well-being but also helps each student’s social integration whilst developing qualities of endurance, reliability, co-operation and leadership.

Our pupils are an inspiration in their enthusiasm for being active. We ensure that each class has a  timetabled weekly hour of PE, and throughout the year blocks of special activities ranging from swimming and cricket, to hockey, GAA and stretch and grow.