Ballyneale NS has been participating in the Active Schools Flag initiative since June 2012.  This is awarded by the Department of Education and Skills to schools that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated schools community.

To achieve this award Ballyneale NS

  • had a comprehensive and up-to-date Physical Education Plan
  • implements the prescribed curricula for Physical Education
  • makes a range of extra-curricular activities available on both an individual and team basis
  • offers extra-curricular activities available that are inclusive, and that cater for the diversity of the pupils including those with special needs
  • promotes physical activity during breaks and lunch times
  • works with external agencies to promote physical activity
  • organises an “Active Schools Week” every year
  • organises an annual school sports day where children engage co-operatively in a wide range of sporting activities.  Special emphasis is placed on participation and enjoyment rather than pressure to compete.