Working Towards Our Amber Flag
The Amber Flag Initiative
The Amber Flag initiative is an initiative run by Pieta House which recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youth reach, third level institutions, community groups, clubs, and companies to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing.
Promoting Postitive Mental health
To promote positive mental health and wellbeing at St. Brigid’s National School, we have decided to take part in the Amber Flag Initiative. Successful completion of the Amber Flag initiative involves the whole school community coming together to create a safe, positive, and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.
We have established our first Wellbeing Committee, made up of pupil representatives from Junior Infants to 6th Class, as well as some staff members. We have already completed an audit of activities already in place at St. Brigid’s which promote positive mental health. We are now in the process of identifying our goals for the year. We will be documenting all of our hard work on this page.
Quotes from the Wellbeing Team
Wellbeing means to be happy, to live happily, to be kind, to have fun, to wash your hands, to live healthily, to not bring germs and to drink water.
We stay healthy at PE. We do GoNoodle, Cosmic Yoga and dancing.
My teachers does special breaths with me. We do butterfly breaths, snake breaths and bee breaths.
My teachers asks if I’m ok and let me have a rest.
My teacher gives me water and a break. My teacher chats with my Mum to help me.
Friendship Week this year is Monday 13th November - Friday 17th November
Similar to last year, we've planned some whole school activities for Friendship Week
Key to a good friendship
Each class will brainstorm the qualities/traits of a good friend. Each child can then record a quality that they think is important on an A3 key. The whole class can record their ideas on the one key and then all 18 keys will be displayed together.
Launch of our buddy system which links with our SSE for Wellbeing too. Each class will organise an activity with their buddy class to celebrate Friendship Week. They might meet up to play games, build lego, buddy up for PE etc. As part of our SSE, the idea is that the buddy classes will try to meet up each month.
Drop Everything and Reflect
Like last year, each class is required to teach the ‘Drop Everything and Reflect’ lesson for Anti-Bullying Week / Friendship Week. It is a requirement of the Department of Education. This will be done during Friendship Week too.
Principal: Máire Costello