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  • Northside East

On the move!

Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 7:59am
On the move!

‘Fourth class pupils Gavin Weadick and Eoin Spillane with Kimmo Nykanen, one of the ‘Schools on the Move’ visitors from Finland. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

On the move!

‘Fourth class pupils Gavin Weadick and Eoin Spillane with Kimmo Nykanen, one of the ‘Schools on the Move’ visitors from Finland. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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A FINNISH delegation visited a Northside school recently to see first-hand its efforts to promote physical activity. 

The delegation that visited Scoil Assaim in Raheny included school Principals and PE policymakers with an interest in the Active Schools Flag (ASF). 

The Finnish 'On The Move' co-ordinators wanted to see how schools in Ireland were responding to the ASF programme. Scoil Assaim was one of three schools chosen as an exemplary school.

The delegates were shown the Active Walkway designed and created by the boys; they also observed a whole school activity and exercise session in the yard which was great fun! 

The visitors had many questions for the boys on attitudes to exercise and healthy living in general; they were delighted with the boys' enthusiasm for the activities and their eagerness to engage with them.

The Finnish visitors, who received a warm TERVETULOA (welcome!) lamented the over-use of mobile phones in their own country and were delighted to see the boys running around and playing actively at break time.

It was a great learning experience for the boys who became the school's ambassadors for the day.

And we hope the Finnish learned a little something from us too!

Pictured are some of the boys at Scoil Assaim involved in the physical activity programme that has been a huge success.  Some of the Finnish delegation visiting Scoil Assaim Raheny along with teachers and pupils from the school partaking in physical exercise class during their visit. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

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