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One Good School Launch Day at Castleisland Presentation Secondary

Jigsaw initiative supports metal health of students

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At the Presentation Castleisland / Jigsaw Kerry One Good School launch on Friday were, front from left: Aoibhe Hickey, Grace Mills, Clara Michel and Wiktoria Brzozka. Back row: Katelyn Curtin, Síle Oonagh Mansfield, Pierce Dargan, principal; Caoimhe Keogan, Jigsaw Kerry, Mairéad Lane-Cronin, lead teacher, One Good School programme; Leah Horan and Aoife Fleming. Photo by John Reidy

At the Presentation Castleisland / Jigsaw Kerry One Good School launch on Friday were, front from left: Aoibhe Hickey, Grace Mills, Clara Michel and Wiktoria Brzozka. Back row: Katelyn Curtin, Síle Oonagh Mansfield, Pierce Dargan, principal; Caoimhe Keogan, Jigsaw Kerry, Mairéad Lane-Cronin, lead teacher, One Good School programme; Leah Horan and Aoife Fleming. Photo by John Reidy

At the Presentation Castleisland / Jigsaw Kerry One Good School launch on Friday were, front from left: Aoibhe Hickey, Grace Mills, Clara Michel and Wiktoria Brzozka. Back row: Katelyn Curtin, Síle Oonagh Mansfield, Pierce Dargan, principal; Caoimhe Keogan, Jigsaw Kerry, Mairéad Lane-Cronin, lead teacher, One Good School programme; Leah Horan and Aoife Fleming. Photo by John Reidy

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Last Friday, in Presentation Secondary School Castleisland, there was an air of excitement for students and staff as the One Good School launch day took place.

Jigsaw’s One Good School initiative is a two year comprehensive initiative which strives to support the mental health and well-being of young people, and those around them by developing a shared response for mental health across the whole school community.

“The initiative helps us as a school to provide a safe and supportive environment for building life skills, resilience and a strong sense of contentedness,” said Mairead Lane-Cronin- One Good School lead teacher and Well-being leader.

The launch day began with the arrival of eight different outdoor activities provided by the business ‘It’s My Party’.

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This was a surprise for students and one that was well received by all. Throughout the day all year groups got the chance to have some chill out time along with having fun with their peers.

“We felt it was important to highlight the need for students to take time out, get outside for fresh air, clear their heads, connect with others, laugh and overall just enjoy themselves, Ms. Lane-Cronin continued.

“All of this is integral to helping their overall well-being and mental health. Fostering healthy relationships among peers, school staff and parents is critical to a young person’s overall experience of school and their social, emotional and cognitive development. This programme helps greatly in promoting all these aspects.

“Our launch day helped by generating interest in the initiative and it helped students and teachers to understand what One Good School is all about.

“On the day we also unveiled the new student and teacher well-being areas. Caoimhe Keogan from Jigsaw Kerry arrived to the school and cut the ribbon to officially open them both, much to the delight of everyone. These chill zone areas are bright and uplifting, we hope they will be a place for students and teachers to relax and take some time out when needed.

“Caoimhe also unveiled the One Good School flag that we intend to proudly showcase outside our school for the year ahead. The day would not be a success without the help from our student council and international students.

“Our student council got involved and helped in running the activities as well as our international students who did a fantastic art work display ahead of the launch day which was present at our front entrance. For the year ahead, students, teachers and parents will be completing courses online and watching webinars from the Jigsaw portal related to mental health, with some already completed.

“We look forward to our continued work with Jigsaw Kerry, and know that the well-being of our students and staff is being well supported through the involvement with this fantastic initiative,” said Mairead in conclusion


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