Warm Weather Welcomes Wellbeing Week

September 20, 2019
Pierce Dargan

The students and staff at Presentation Castleisland strive to create a learning environment which promotes health and wellbeing in addition to encouraging the academic endeavours’ students strive for. Beginning in 2016, the school’s ‘Wellbeing Week’ has grown immensely to now include popular physical activities such as Zumba and trail walking in addition to the visit of several guest speakers and workshops. Nutritionist Susie Cox spoke to Junior Cycle students highlighting the importance of a healthy diet in academic and sporting success. Life coach and motivational speaker Astrid Longhurst spoke to Fifth Year students regarding her lifelong struggle developing a positive sense of self and body image. Astrid challenged students to become their own best friend and persevere when challenges present themselves.

The SOAR Foundation, from Dublin, travelled to Castleisland this week also and presented character development workshops which enabled young people to share their thoughts, fears and emotions. Soar is a collective movement which believes that there is greatness within all young people. SOAR workshops empower young people to thrive, believe in themselves and fulfil their true potential, a most important sentiment of our school’s ‘Wellbeing Week’.

 

The Amber Flag for Positive Mental Health is presented to schools which actively endeavour to promote and support positive mental health in their school community. Presentation Secondary School Castleisland achieved this flag in 2019 and proudly launched the flag on Monday afternoon under the stewardship of Ms. O’Connor, Ms. Lane and guest speaker Astrid Longhurst. Well done to all involved as this achievement required much organisation, enthusiasm and action.

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