8th-12th October 2018 was Mental Health Week at St. Kilian’s. During this week the school’s focus was on our mental wellbeing and the importance of showing empathy and kindness towards each other on a daily basis.
Activities of the week included Wellbeing walks or ‘walk and talk activities’ and a Wellbeing Slogan competition to find a slogan for our school. The competition was open to students from 7-12th class and we had a large number of entries. Congratulations to the winner Kate Linehan (8th class) who came up with the following slogan:
“Everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud.”
Thank you to Ms Bowen and class 5A who rehearsed and performed the Wellbeing Rap (see video below).
Mental Health Week also saw the launch of the following new and ongoing Wellbeing initiatives for our school:
- Positivity Award: This will be awarded monthly to one Senior Cycle and one Junior Cycle student who have displayed empathy, support, encouragement, kindness to others or who have been witnessed displaying an act of kindness and support. Well done to the September winners of the Positivity Award:
Senior Cycle: Charlie Twomey (12th class)
Junior Cycle: Benas Vasiliauskas (7th class)
From October onwards a student or teacher may nominate a student they feel is worthy of the award.
- A new Wellbeing Team has been formed by students in Transition Year. The aim of the team is to help promote Wellbeing in the school and run activities related to Wellbeing.
- Tea and Chats: An informal meeting for all students who would like to meet other students and have a chat. This meeting is organised by the Wellbeing Team and held every Monday at lunch time outside the Guidance Office.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the activities of Mental Health Week, in particular Ms Sherriff, Herr Drechsler and the TY Wellbeing Team. A big thank you also goes to Ms Brennan and her music students from 11th and 12th class who performed at the wellbeing assembly which was held during the week.
If you have any ideas for activities on the topic of mental health or Wellbeing, please share them!