Academy plans hectic week of activities
THE importance of physical and mental health among teenagers will be the focus of an exciting initiative launched this week by transition year pupils at Mallow's Patrician Academy.
Travel and Health Flag Week, which will take place from Monday, March 10 to Friday, March 14, was officially launched on Tuesday by Fiona Barry of An Taisce's Green School travel section.
The day involved the launch of a poster/poetry competition for students based on health and travel, the unveiling of a travel survey undertaken in the school and a bicycle repair workshop with Fergal Hogan of Blackwater Valley Cycles.
Event organisers also announced a packed programme for the week, with students and teachers encouraged to take part in the events.
These include dedicated days where student's will meet at Keary's Garage and either cycle or walk to school, indoor rowing and cycling competitions, yoga and a soccer tournament.
Other events will include a travel quiz for pupils, talks on road safety and the staging of series of short plays on the twin subjects of mental health and healthy eating.
During the lead up to the week the student council at the Patrician organised a cycle and walk event that raised €1,700 toward the cost of the new school gym.
Teacher Regina Glynn said the purpose of the week-long initiative was twofold.
"Firstly it is aimed at earning the school the An Taisce green flag for travel," said Ms Glynn.
"Secondly it gives pupils a wonderful opportunity to try their hand at an exciting array of different events while at the same time highlighting the importance of physical and mental health," she added.
Ms Glynn said she had been delighted with the manner in which the student body at the school had welcomed the initiative.
"Already we have 50 students signed up to take part in the cycle and walk to school initiatives, with dozens more taking part in the bicycle repair workshop," she said.
"Our hope is that this initiative will encourage students to take greater interest in keeping fit and healthy," she added.