Wellbeing- The Amber Flag Initiative
‘Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day’ Dalai Lama
Following numerous years of success with initiatives such as the Green Flag and the Active Flag, within our school, we have decided to focus on promoting positive Mental Wellbeing over the next number of years.
In order to promote positive mental health and well-being we have decided to take part in the Amber Flag Initiative. This involves the whole school community coming together in other to create a safe, positive and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being
It is recognised in studies that positive mental health and well-being enables young people to lead fulfilling lives.
Home and family are recognised as the primary source of nurturing and support for children. However, mental health and well-being are recognised as everyone’s concern and involves the whole school community, parents/guardians and others involved in day to day school life.
Positive mental health for children is part of their overall health and is inextricably linked with Wellbeing.
Please see below helpful documents on
Wellbeing Poster Competition October 2021
Check out all the wonderful posters the children of Inver N.S. designed to show their understanding of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Well done boys and girls!
Introducing our Amber Committee
- Erin Mills 6th Class
- Kayla Ginnelly 5th class
- Rhían King McGrath 4th class
- Lorcán Keenaghan 3rd class
- Peyton O Donnell 3rd class
- Feagan Cullotty 2nd class
- Paddy Doocey 1st class
- Abbie Bourne Senior Infants
These children will be the ‘voices’ of the children in their classrooms and will also inform their class of decisions made by the committee, in the future.
They will help organise the timetable for Wellbeing week and a fundraiser (involving the whole community) both of which will happen in Springtime when weather is better.
An Amber noticeboard has been set up in school and the winning posters have been displayed.
To commence the Wellbeing initiative, each class will take part in the Fyffesfitsquad challenge, in school time, between now and April. Exercise and movement breaks have a significant impact on mental wellbeing and we look forward to getting in some extra movement breaks between now and April. You can check out the site to read more information about it …there are some lovely recipies on there also! https://www.
The children have done the most amazing job in decorating their Positivity Pebbles. Check out the wonderful words of encouragement below. These words will be placed by each family in different locations, spreading positivity throughout our community. Well done to all the boys and girls!!! Thank you to the wellbeing team for varnishing the pebbles.
As part of our Wellbeing promotion we decided to ask each family to contribute a recipe of choice to a school book of healthy recipes. Each family has received a copy of the book and we hope you have lots of fun cooking the delicious meals.
Please click on link to view book Recipe Book 1
Thank you to everyone who has contributed and to our Wellbeing team also for the lovely posters featured in the book.
To promote self positivity amongst the children, each child has been writing a compliment about themselves every Friday in class. This will continue up to Easter when each child will link their strips of paper to create a chain of self compliments. We look forward to seeing how many positive things we can say about ourselves. This exercise encourages children to reflect on their positive thoughts and actions and instil in them, hopefully, the habit of looking at their positive traits and perhaps set goals for future weeks.
Well-being Days March 14th-16th
To celebrate our wellbeing in school and raise money for Pieta House, the following activities took place:
Thank you most sincerely for your very generous donations to such a worthy cause.
|Mindful Monday 14th March take place:||· Each class teacher incorporated mindfulness into their regular timetable through a PE lesson / Art / Colouring or sensory play.
· Seed Planting
· Mindful Music
Together Tuesday 15th
· Wholeschool Céilí to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge
· ‘Together we Stand’ song – all children singing together (a few Irish songs for Seachtain na Gaeilge)
· Kahoot Quiz Mixed teams (combination of Irish /English questions)
* Mindful Drawing/colouring
Mfitness Exercise Class
Junior Room 12:45- 1.10pm
Free Parent Mfitness class 1.20pm – 1.50 pm
Middle Room 1:50pm – 2.20pm
Senior Room 2.20pm – 2.50pm
|Wellbeing Wednesday 16th March||March4Mental Health Fundraiser * & A surprise
The whole school took a trip to Bellinaboy Woods for a walk. Children were encouraged to wear green to represent green thoughts. We are trying to encourage children to change red thoughts (negative) to green thoughts (positive) when possible. Red thoughts are ok to have but not helpful to us. Green thoughts are helpful. Eg I can’t do this (red) . I can try my best (green).
Ice cream Van treat for everyone
Below is a little snapshot of some of the activities.