This week was Active School Week in Scoil Chill Ruadhain and everyone had a great time! The activities included a skipathon, school walk, table tennis, basketball, circuits, cycling, dancing and many others. There was a big emphasis on cooperation and taking part, with older classes helping and teaching the younger children. Well done to everyone!
Today is #MindYourSelfie Day 2017. #MindYourSelfie is an initiative which aims to increase understanding about mental health and stamp out the stigma associated with mental health difficulties. We were delighted to take part again this year. For more information and advice regarding young people’s mental health visit www.walkinmyshoes.ie.
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We were delighted to support World Down Syndrome Awareness Day again this year. Speakers came to speak to the children about Down Syndrome and everyone wore brightly coloured odd socks!
A number of weeks ago, children from Sixth Class took part in a drama production together with a members of the Cope Foundation’s drama group. They spent the day getting to know each other, learning the script and rehearsing together. In the afternoon they put on a performance for the children in 3rd to 5th. The messages portrayed in the drama were simple yet powerful. We saw how words can both hurt and heal; how we can lift others up or bring them down; the lasting impact bullying and negative behaviour can make. All of the children, both actors and spectators, learned a lot from the experience. We would like to extend huge thanks to the Cope Foundation for giving us the opportunity to take part in Stop and Stare, and to help share the important message that all people should be treated the same way.
Scoil Chill Ruadhain were delighted to take part in #MindYourSelfie Day on Friday which is part of an information campaign by Walk In My Shoes regarding the importance of looking after our mental health.
Walk in My Shoes is a mental health awareness initiative by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. Its new campaign, #MindYourSelfie, is a series of mental health information eBooks that will be available to primary and secondary schools, colleges, businesses and communities.
Sarah Surgenor, Head of Communications at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services said “This Friday, 8th April, we are asking all social media users to take a selfie and share it using the hashtag #MindYourSelfie and direct people to http://www.walkinmyshoes.ie to download the free mental health eBooks.”
Walk in My Shoes Ambassador Adam Clayton said “It is important to give young people the opportunity to talk about mental health in an informed, supportive environment. We developed the #MindYourSelfie eBook to provide a valuable and accessible resource for teachers in schools, colleges and businesses who are dealing with mental health issues every day.”
The eBook contains advice on ways to take care of our mental health, warning signs, helpline advice and causes of mental health problems.
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March 21st marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year, Down Syndrome Ireland is encouraging people to get involved in raising money or creating awareness by wearing odd socks on March 21st and posting a ‘footsie’ (foot selfie) on social media using the #Footsie4DSI hashtag and or make a €2 donation by texting DSI to 50300.
Everyone in Scoil Chill Ruadhain had great fun taking part in World Down Syndrome Day. We wore odd socks to raise money and speakers from Down Syndrome Ireland came to speak to the children. Well done to all involved!