A Health Promoting School can be characterised as a school which is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy place in which to live, learn and work.
Year One of our Campaign:
We began our journey towards becoming a Health Promoting School in March 2016 in conjunction with our health promotion officer Jennifer Treanor. Our first aim in striving towards receiving Health Promoting School recognition was to work on Healthy Eating within our school and review our Healthy Eating Policy. Our new Healthy Eating Policy was ratified in June and is now available for all to view on our School Notice Board. We hope all parents, staff and pupils will embrace our new Healthy Eating Policy with a view to our school becoming a healthier and happier environment for all and that they will continue to embrace this into the future. Some of our starter and ongoing activities can be viewed below. Our Health Promoting Team are key components in striving towards making our school a healthier and happier environment for everyone!
Year Two of our Campaign:
In year two (2017 – 2018) of our Health Promoting Schools Initiative we have been focusing on incorporating physical activity into our school day. Not only is this part of our overall aim to promote health among everyone here in our school but we also hope to obtain an Active Flag to recognize our efforts! A small selection of our active flag initiatives can be viewed below. Lots more of our Active Flag Activities can also be viewed on the Active Flag page of our website. We have an Active Flag Team made up of our pupil body who are integral in leading many of the activities in our Active Flag Campaign!
Year Three of our Campaign:
In year 3 (2018 – 2019) we decided to focus on promoting mental health among our pupils and staff. We have already marked the importance of friendship by planting a friendship tree on National Tree Day on October 4th 2018. We will use this tree to represent the importance of friendship in our school. We are also appreciative of the commitment of parents in commencing and maintaining a friendship garden for our school. In the future we also hope to purchase a ‘buddy bench’ and to add some picnic tables to our garden, in keeping with the theme of friendship. As a staff we have engaged in an anti-bullying workshop with Sean Fallon to give us a better understanding of bullying. The aim of these workshops is to enable us as teachers to equip children with the skills to recognize bullying and have the skills to deal with it should it arise. Teachers in the school continue to engage with CPD courses (for example the Friends for Life and the Fun Friends Programmes) which continue to enrich their knowledge of how to promote mental health and well being among our entire school body.
Health Promoting Schools News & Events!
Well done to all of the boys and girls who took part in our Read-A-Thon. You raised an incredible €1400 to purchase books for our school. Every child who returned a sponsorship card was then entered into a raffle for a €50 Smyths Voucher. Congratulations to our winner Seán – happy spending!! Read More
Food Dudes is an award winning curriculum-linked evidence-based healthy eating programme, developed to encourage children to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. It is based on repeated tastings of fresh fruit and vegetables, rewards and positive role models. The boys and girls were delighted to take part again this year, and enjoyed plenty of fresh […] Read More
On the Wednesday before our mid-term break we learned how to play tag rugby. We had so much fun! Read More
Dear Principal and Active School Flag Coordinator, We hope that this email finds everyone well. The Active School Flag team would like to begin by saying WELL DONE to principals and teachers for all the work that you are doing to support your pupils with their wellbeing, and by providing continuity of teaching and learning […] Read More
During our school closure due to Covid -19, we were very conscious of the impact the virus was causing on our students and whole school community. As both a Health Promoting School and Active School, we decided to introduce an initiative called Wellness Wednesday to support children and families in maintaining fitness and mental health! […] Read More
The children in our in our school really enjoyed their first session of Relax Kids on Thursday 30th January 2020 and are excited about their next class. The sessions are aimed at primary school children and run in 6 week courses. They involve warm up and movement, relaxing mindfulness games, stretching and breathing exercises, massage, […] Read More
We got active for our Health Promoting Schools Campaign on Thursday 24th October 2019. We looked terrifyingly good as we did our various circuits. Well done everyone for your participation and a huge thank you to all our active leaders for leading the events. Read More
Our children continue to focus on Health Promotion and continue to practice our Active Flag Initiative as they take part in soccer skills with Euan Treanor during September and October. Have a look at some of their activities below! Thanks to Euan for visiting our school and sharing his knowledge and expertise with us. Read More
On Friday 21st June 2019, we were very fortunate to be offered a free taster session from Bike Green by the Monaghan Sports Partnership. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class got to learn many valuable cycling skills, using balance bikes. A massive thank you to Seán and Francis for coming to visit us today […] Read More
There was huge excitement in St. Michael’s National School on Wednesday 19th June 2019 as we came together as a school community to raise three very important and well-deserved flags. Both staff and pupils have worked extremely hard and have shown huge dedication and commitment to achieve a flag for Water Conservation and Preservation, a […] Read More