Mental health and well being is an area that the school places huge emphasis on. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. The following are initiaitves that our school have taken part in to promote mental health awareness and well being in out school:
Amber Flag initiative: The school was awarded the Amber flag in the school year of 2018/2019. The Pieta Amber Flag initiative recognises the individual efforts of primary schools that create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental well-being. Through this initiative the pupils organised an odd shoes and socks day and raised money for Pieta House. The school organised an art competition based on the slogan "Its ok, not to be ok". Pupils took part in mindfulness, yoga and pilates sessions through the Amber Flag initiative.
Donal Walsh LiveLife film competition: The LiveLife film competition is an initiative that promotes mental health awareness. The Donal Walsh film competition is a national competition run by Donal's family in memory of the inspirational Kerry teenager who touched so many lives and keeping his #Livelife message alive sin order to promote his anti-suicide #Livelife message. Schools all over Ireland enter this competition. 5th and 6th class of Caherline NS who submitted an excellent entry with the theme "Take My Hand" and it was both an honour and a privilege to be invited to the final of the film competition in Tralee. Caherline N.S. proudly won second place in all of Ireland for their entry, and got to meet some famous faces including the Riptide Movement band who entertained the entrants on the day. It was a memorable and moving event and it is a prize the school treasures in memory of such an admirable cause
Someone Like Me: The Someone Like Me competition is run by the National Disabilities Authority. It aims to promote inclusion and understanding of people and children with disabilities. The message is simple: we are all different, but we all deserve the same kindness, respect and love. Caherline N.S. won the Someone Like Me regional competition and travelled to Dublin to be accredited the award and to be put forward for the national award in which they came 2nd in all of Ireland. It was an amazing achievement and a testament to the inclusive, kind atmosphere and ethos of Caherline N.S.
S.S.E.(School Self-Evaluation): This year the school is focusing on mental health and well-being for the School Self-Evaluation process. School self-evaluation is a collaborative, inclusive, and reflective process of internal school review. We hope that by choosing this topic, we can improve the mental health and well being of all in the school community.