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Monastery National School, Ardee, Co. Louth

Active School Flag

What is an Active School Flag?

An 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.

The ASF process focuses on a school’s work across three areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. Schools are also required to run an Active School Week and commit to having one each year.

Check out our work across these domains in their relevant sections below, as well as all of our latest news relating to ASF!


VIDEO: MNS Active School Flag 2022-23


ASF is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland.


Physical Education


Physical Activity

Our school places a huge emphasis on physical activity and this is showcased through many of the events and activities that have been organised so far this year.

We incorporate physical activity into our school day through 'brain breaks' in between subjects, utilising our large playground space at break times, active walkway lessons and many more! Click on the links below to have a look at our pupils having fun while being physically active.


Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday #1

Feel Good Friday #2 - Christmas Jumper Disco

Feel Good Friday #3 - Jump Into January

Feel Good Friday #4 - Pump Up The Volume


ASF Challenges/ Activities

Active Breaks Challenge

Active Lines


Other Activites

6th Class Challenge - Active Challenge

6th Class Lunchtime Soccer League

5th Class World Cup Final

Lunchtime Activities/ Use of Equipment

Infant Sponsored Walk

1st & 2nd Class Sponsored Walk

3rd & 4th Class Sponsored Walk

5th & 6th Class Sponsored Walk

Seachtain na Gaeilge


Check out our Active School Week section below for more news showcasing our pupils being physically active!



We have received brilliant support from external coaches and teachers who specialise in teaching certain parts of the PE curriculum.

Rugby Training & Matches

Dance Classes

GAA Coaching

Swimming Lessons


Pupils have taken great pride in leading our school's effort to be more active. See some examples of this in the posts below.

Meet Our ASF Committee

Playground Leaders

Feel Good Friday #1

2nd and 5th Class Gymnastics

Active Lines


ASF and Green Schools Partnership

Golden Boot for Sustainable Travel


Free Yoga Classes for Parents


LSP: Physical Activity Opportunities In Our Local Community 


'What Clubs Are You In?' Survey


Check out our Active School Week section below, where you can find information on how our school worked in partnership with local clubs/ organisations to provide coaching and taster sessions to our pupils. Examples include: Ardee Golf Club; GR8 Bowling; Mini Athletics; Tennis, GAA and basketball coaching. We also had classes working together during certain events such as our whole school workout (5th class leading the school), discos and Go-kart races.


12th Jun 2024
A very competitive basketball match was held on Monday 10th June between 6th Class...
12th Jun 2024
The Active School flag was raised on Monday 10th June by Áine Breen -Louth...
24th May 2023
What a day was had by all at Castleblaney Outdoor Adventure Centre! Paddleboarding,...