Thank you to all who made our Stand-Up Awareness Week a successful, inclusive week! All year groups had an SPHE class on terminology and the key message was about kindness and using words that heal not hurt. Everyone wore colourful outfits today for Rainbow Day and congratulations to Aisling O Brien, Sophie Allen, Evan Molyneux and Mrs Parke for the most colourful outfits. Thank you to Ms Simpson and her student helpers for co-ordinating the week’s events.
This year to mark Stand Up Week the amber Flag Team distributed rainbow coloured masks to students and staff to show that we are standing ip against all forms of LGBTI+ bullying.
Congratulations to all the students and staff who successfully reached their goal of walking 1,000km in one day. Each year group came out for one class period and walked laps of the school campus. Our combined total exceeded our 1,000km target. While the weather may have been grey, the combination of fresh air, exercise and camaraderie along the way ensured that everyone returned to class with a pep in their step. Walking for Wellness was the first activity organised by the Amber Flag Team for the 2021-2022 school year. It marks World Mental Health Day which takes place on Sunday 10th October. The team is made up of students and teachers and they work together to promote positive mental health across our school community.
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.
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.
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.