Today we started our 20 days of walking challenge as organised by the Amber Flag Team. This year we are focusing on the positive benefits that physical activity and fresh air have on our mental health and well-being in general. The first 50 students to complete the challenge will be rewarded with a trip to Sligo in May to climb Knocknarea. 🏽♀️
CPR 4 Schools is a programme for post primary schools and gives students the confidence to perform hands-only CPR, use an AED and know what to do when someone is choking. All 1st and 2nd year students participated in CPR training and will subsequently receive their certificate of completion. This links in with the Irish Heart Foundation’s awareness campaign they run every September ‘Heart Month’. All students at Ballinamore CS have now been trained in CPR.
‘Love your Gut’ Week 2019 provided the opportunity in home ec class to discuss issues around digestion and gut health. On Friday 20th September, the Health Promotion Team in school set up an awareness stand at break time for students and staff to sample some foods/drinks that are good for gut health / digestion including some locally produced Kefir.
The 1st year girls attended Leitrim Sports Partnership’s ‘Girls Active Festival’ in Drumshanbo on Tuesday 8th April. They had completed 10 weeks after school every Wednesday engaging in a variety of activities and the festival in Drumshanbo was a celebration day where they received their Certificates of Completion which they will put in their JCPA Cert at the end of Junior Cycle. Four second years who kept on the programme this year also attended on the day. They all participated in a variety of activities on the day such as Parkour, Cycling along the Blueway, Football, Self Defence and Zumba. Well done girls.
One of our main areas of focus for the Health Promoting Schools Programme is to focus on more physical activity. Recently 1st and 2nd year boys participated in a lunch time Peile Tournament over a number of weeks. The TY’s facilitated by Mr. Nolan organised and ran the tournament. Well done to Paul Flynn, Louis Smith, James Gilheany and Ezra McGovern (Team A) who were the winning team from the tournament.
Players from Aughnasheelin GAA and Leitrim U20 participated in cookery classes with Ms. Cooney. They put the sports nutrition theory into practice by cooking a variety of healthy main course meals and snacks. They also received the Recipe for Success booklet designed by St. Angela’s College and the GAA.
Members of the Health Promoting Schools team highlighting the importance of healthy eating and keeping physically active throughout the year. The display board in the canteen area is refreshed with a new focus regularly. 1st year girls participated in the Girls Active Programme funded by Leitrim Sports Partnership, Games Club runs every Tuesday lunch (facilitated by senior members of the HPS team and student council), different fruit and dairy promos were undertaken by members of HPS team and awareness on health promotion to incoming first year parents on enrolment evening. Staff and senior students received informative talks on Breast Cancer/Testicular Cancer in January. The HPS team are busy planning for our themed healthy living week event which runs 13th – 17th May 2019, organising a Pele Tournament between 1st and 2nd years, finalising the work of our physical activity policy and work has begun on developing a healthy eating policy for the school.
There were numerous activities held this week in school as part of Pieta House’s ‘Feel Good Week’. Music was played in the GP/Canteen area at lunch times. Students completed a walk and talk exercise to reflect on all the things that they are grateful for, what their individual strengths are and where they could turn to if facing life’s challenges. Some 5th year students made delicious cupcakes for the staff as a thank you for their hard work that they do. Last class on Thursday was a homework class where students were allowed to get some homework done early so they could have extra time that evening to dedicate to the things that make them feel good. First years cooked one of their favourite dinners (chicken curry) which both groups thoroughly enjoyed. On Friday Mr. Kane organised a Halloween Costume Competition. Well done to students who won prizes on the day.