Amber Flag Initiative
"The Pieta Amber Flag Initiative 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 well-being. Uniting these groups in their efforts, working together toward a happier, healthier Ireland and eradicate the stigmas associated with mental health issues".
This year (2020/2021) the staff and students of Dromore NS have been taking part in the Amber Flag initiative. In line with the Department of Education and Skills publication “Well–Being in Primary Schools Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion” we are aiming to promote mental health and well-being in our school. It is recognised in these guidelines that positive mental health and well-being enables young people to lead fulfilling lives. The Amber Flag Initiative involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.
Our Plan for the Year:
To encourage, implement and learn more about our mental health and well-being, we have decided to have Wellness Wednesday's every month. On these Wednesdays we emphasise our focus on friendship, meditation, quiet time and general well-being. This is encouraged through mandala art, friendship buddies, and other calming crafts such as 'Eye of God' stars. We have also organised our Wellness Week beginning Monday April 19th.
On Mindfulness Monday all children from Junior Infants to 6th Class participated in guided meditation and received their friendship buddies for the week.
On Thankful Tuesday all the children talked with their class teacher about the meaning of gratitude and doing kind gestures for one another They also identified things that they are thankful for and wrote it on a leaf for the gratitude tree.
On Wellness Wednesday, the children participated in mindfulness meditation and colouring activities or any other activities chosen by the class teacher that would allow them to be in the present moment.
On Triumphant Thursday, the children focused on changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts. They discussed with their classmates their strengths and what makes them unique and a good friend.
On Feel Good Friday the children dressed in the different colours of the rainbow to raise money for Pieta House with the positive motto of When it rains, look for rainbows. When it is dark, look for the stars. The children played with their friendship buddy during lunch-break and had golden time in the afternoon.
Everyone enjoyed the activities that were set out for the week.