We are very excited to announce that we are embarking on a new adventure. We are now taking on the challenge of obtaining an Amber Flag.
Recently, Minsters Jan O’Sullivan and Kathleen Lynch jointly launched Well-Being in Primary Schools- Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion. This is the result of a joint collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Health Service Executive, with the aim of promoting mental health and well-being in primary schools.
It is recognised in these guidelines that positive mental health and well-being enables young people to lead 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. Positive mental health for children is part of their overall health and is inextricably linked with well-being.
In order to promote positive mental health and well-being at CBS Kilkenny; we have decided to take part in the Amber Flag Initiative. This involves the whole school community coming together in other 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 and our goals for this year include:
- Create an Amber Flag notice board with regular updates
- Develop our Mission Statement
- School Poster competition
- Fundraising event
- Whole school Wellness Day
In order to undertake all these activities we have formed an Amber Flag Committee. This committee is led by student representatives Mafujur, JJ, Francis, David, Jack, Brandon, Emmet, and Momin.
Our Amber flag student representatives developed our Mission Statement:
- Provide information to others on what mental health means.
- To provide information on what activities can help and where to go for help.
- To help our school be a place where everybody, no matter how different we all are, feels safe and has lots of fun learning.
We would really welcome any ideas and suggestions you may have which could be incorporated into the activities already listed. Likewise, if any parent is willing to share their skills and talents with us in terms of creative art, music, meditation, mindfulness, fitness, healthy eating, etc. please let one of the teachers know. We acknowledge and appreciate the knowledge and skills you all have which may help us create a positive mental health and well-being environment here at CBS Kilkenny!