As a school we place our mental health and well-being high on our curricular agenda. We have a dedicated DEIS team whose responsibility is to plan & oversee the identification, assessment and implementation of various mental health initiatives and programmes. These include:

  • Friends for Life
    • 6 teachers are trained in this NEPS programme and is delivered to 6th Class during Term 2 & 3
  • Fun Friends
  • Sociograms & analysis of same
  • Walk Tall
  • Circle time
  • Anti bullying lessons
  • We facilitate a “Friendship Week” during the month of October, when all classes actively discuss friendship and its negative side, namely bullying, including cyber bullying for senior classes
  • Mindfulness is used as a methodology in all classes
  • Every Monday morning is kick-started with 10 minutes of whole school physical activity. Studies show that such an initiative has a positive effect on children’s physical health. Regular participation in physical activity in childhood is associated with a decreased cardiovascular risk in youth and adulthood. There is also a growing body of literature suggesting that physical activity has beneficial effects on several mental health outcomes, including health-related quality of life and better mood states
  • 1 km route has been devised around the playground & pupils (& staff!) run /jog/walk this route
  • Thursdays Together: we have prioritised the importance and value of family. To this end, the last Thursday of the calendar month is homework free and families are encouraged to spend time together e.g. eat a meal together or do an activity together. Families must submit photographic evidence to be placed on a central noticeboard
  • We have worked closely with Mairéad Kelly, HSE &HPS coordinator & will submit an application to receive recognition in the future