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Wellbeing Programme

Well-being

In Coláiste Mhuire student well-being is central to our focus. The entire school community work to help the students realize their abilities, take care of their physical and mental well-being, cope with the normal stresses of life and have a sense of purpose and belonging to a wider community. Through the curriculum and extracurricular activities, students are assisted in developing lifelong learning skills in order to be more resilient and independent.
Indicators of Well-being

Indicators of wellbeing

Active

Am I a confident and skilled participant in physical activity?
How physically active am I?

Responsible

Do I take action to protect and promote my wellbeing and that of others?
Do I make healthy eating choices?
Do I know where my safety is at risk and do I make right choices?

Connected

Do I feel connected to my school, my friends, my community and the wider world?
Do I appreciate that my actions and interactions impact on my own wellbeing and that of others, in local and global contexts?

Resilient

Do I believe that I have the coping skills to deal with life’s challenges?
Do I know where I can go for help?
Do I believe that with effort I can achieve?

Respected

Do I feel that I am listened to and valued?
Do I have positive relationships with my friends, my peers and my teachers?
Do I show care and respect for others?

Aware

Am I aware of my thoughts, feelings and behaviours and can I make sense of them?
Am I aware of what my personal values are and do I think through my decisions?
Do I understand what helps me to learn and how I can improve?

Well-being and the Curriculum

In Junior Cycle students in Coláiste Mhuire have classes in – S.P.H.E. – C.S.P.E. – R.S.E. – P.E. – and Well-being
At Senior Cycle well-being is facilitated in the curriculum through – R.S.E. P.E. and Guidance.

Four Aspects of Wellbeing

Culture

School mission and ethos
Physical and social environment
Classroom culture
Teaching, learning and assessment

Relationships

Student/teacher relationships
Peer relationships
Student voice
Partnerships with parents/guardians, community and wider supports

Curriculum

CSPE, PE and SPHE
Guidance
Other subjects and learning experiences
Extra-curricular and co-curricular learning

Policy & Planning

School policies
School self-evalu ation
Subject and whole-school planning
CPD planning

Well-being Committee

Coláiste Mhuire has a dedicated well-being committee consisting of staff and students. The committee meet on a regular basis to co-ordinate activities and events to promote well-being.

A well-being week takes place during February, with various activities including guest speakers and workshops.

Peter Ryan

Irish Paralympian: A highlight of the week for some of the students was the visit of Peter Ryan, an Irish Paralympian. You could hear a pin drop in the packed room when Peter told his story, how he changed from been “an angry young man” to representing Ireland in the Paralympics in Brazil. Peter spoke about growing up in Tipperary and dreaming about playing hurling in Croke Park. This dream was unfortunately Robbed from Peter when he got a rare genetic disorder resulting in sight loss at the end of his teens.

Positive Vibes

During the week, the positive vibes banner was on the wall in the reception. Students were encouraged to post positive messages on the banner, to remind the school community, how important it is to acknowledge reasons for feeling positive about themselves.

Sample Smoothies

The Home Economics Department, along with Transition Year students in Colaiste Mhuire, provided smoothies during wellbeing week encouraging healthy eating. Eating well helps to reduce the risk of physical health problems like heart disease and diabetes. It also helps with sleeping patterns, energy levels, and your general health. … Having a healthy, balanced diet plays an important role in your overall health and wellbeing.

Tug-O-War

There was great fun during Wellbeing week, when the 6th year students, challenged the teachers to a tug – o-war. The teachers didn’t have much support but all of the school really enjoyed the event.

Worry Box

Wellbeing week finished with the TY students organising a “worry box” for 1st year students. The worry box is particularly beneficial for young children, because it helps them to understand their thoughts and feelings, and give them control over them. … The act of decorating and creating the box shows the child that they can have ownership and control over their thoughts and feelings.