Monday 22 July 2019

Ballygarrett NS's first Wellness Week

Adrian Tomkins, Rebeccae Rush, Alannah O’Connor and Katie Crowe
Adrian Tomkins, Rebeccae Rush, Alannah O’Connor and Katie Crowe

Cathy Lee

From an idea born of the Student Council at Ballygarrett National School, the school held its first Wellness Week, which cumulated in a beach walk for the whole community from Curracloe to Cahore beach which saw about 200 people gather at the finish line.

'There was a wonderful atmosphere of togetherness as everyone arrived back to Cahore, and Ms Byrne's music group performed a trad fest for all the families. The wellness week was a brand new event to help raise awareness of mental health in our school community. The children were enthusiastic about the many mindful activities that were happening and they took time out to concentrate on mindful listening, colouring, prizes for acts of kindness, a kindness tree as well as daily meditations,' said teacher Ann Doyle.

Children also took part in healthy eating workshops, yoga and made the effort to take a step away from technology and concentrate on the now through music at play time.

'The knock on affect of practising mindfulness in the classroom is that children perform better and they are happier. It was a fantastic experience for the whole school community,' said Ann.

Ann explained that a key part of the wellness week was involving the community in activies, and this came to life at Cahore beach at the Strand Bar.

'It was a success because the local community got involved and we want to say a huge thank you to all local business who helped. Over 50 parents took part in the 26 km walk, and everyone overcame challenges'.

Gorey Guardian