In January 2015 Minsters Jan O’Sullivan and Kathleen Lynch jointly launched “Well-Being in Primary Schools- Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion”. This was 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.
Our first ever Amber Flag committee was founded last year. An enthusiastic, hard-working bunch of boys achieved so much for the school over the year. The boys organized fundraisers raising funds for both Teac Tom and Pieta House including an ‘Odd Socks and Orange Tops’ day where we had a guest speaker from Teac Tom. They ran competitions promoting Positive Mental Health and Growth Mindset initiatives in the school. All the team’s hard work culminated in them achieving our first Amber Flag in June. Huge congratulations to the boys. We can’t wait to see what they have planned to promote positive mental health in our school this coming year.
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. 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!
Presenting cheque to Teach Tom
Odd socks and Orange tops day
The “Power of Yet” poster competition winners.
Our Amber Flag noticeboard.