We are very excited to announce that here at Scoil Mhuire we are embarking on a new adventure. Following on from the success of our Green Flag initiative, we are now taking on the challenge of obtaining the Amber Flag.
In line with the Department of Education and Skills guidelines for “Well –Being in Primary Schools Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion” we are aiming to promote mental health and well- being in our school.
It is recognised in these guidelines that positive mental health and well-being enables young people to more fulfilling lives. Home and family are recognised as the primary source of nurturing and support for children. However, mental health and well-being are recognised as everyone`s concern and involves the whole school community, parents/guardians and others involved in day to day school life.
In order to do our part in promoting positive mental health and well-being ,we have decided to take part in the Amber Flag initiative. This involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive, and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.
We have some great ideas on how to do this:
-Creating an Amber Flag noticeboard in the hallway.
-Painting positive affirmation murals around the school.
-Worry Box-children can put any concerns/worries they have in this box and will be dealt with in a discreet manner by the staff.
-Worry hand –children place their hand on this and their worries change from red to green. There are 3 of these located throughout the school.
-Yoga and relaxation techniques as part of our PE programme.
-Team building activities.
-Drop everything and relax (DEAR)
-Use of the school garden for various activities and Friendship benches.
- 10 @ 10/ daily run/Go Noodle
-Every second Wednesday will be assigned for Happiness Homework where children will have no written homework and instead it will involve for example visiting a neighbour/grandparent/going on a playdate/engaging in outdoor activity. No screen time as part of this homework will also be encouraged .
In order to undertake these activities we are forming an Amber Flag committee, which will consist of a randomly picked child from each class, Mrs Fenton, Ms Hickson, Ms Tyrrell and Ms Dunne.
We welcome any ideas /suggestions and help in relation to this, and likewise if any of you are willing to share any skills/talents with us in relation to art, music, meditation, fitness, healthy eating etc please let any of the above teachers know.
Finally, if you have any concerns/questions regarding the Amber Flag initiative, please do not hesitate to ask.
We were honoured to collect our wellness certificate to acknowledge taking part in the “Walk in my shoes” programme. St Patrick’s Mental Health Services held its third annual Mission Possible Awards celebrating the innovation of Irish schools in promoting positive mental health. Schools from across the country collected prizes at the awards ceremony, held in St Patrick’s University Hospital, commending student’s achievements in raising awareness of mental health and combating stigma in their classrooms and wider communities.
First launched in 2017, the 2019 Mission Possible Awards competition proved the most popular yet, receiving more than double the number of entries than last year. The competition marks a flagship initiative of Walk in My Shoes, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ awareness-raising and education campaign, geared towards youth mental health.
Walk in My Shoes
Established in 2012, Walk in My Shoes is St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ flagship awareness-raising and education campaign, geared towards youth mental health. It runs many initiatives throughout the year to promote positive mental health, provides support and information in communities throughout Ireland, and offers free, downloadable information packs and resources to schools, colleges, workplaces and individuals.