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St Kevin’s first-year student, Lloyd Tomkins who won in his category of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ Irish History Competition, pictured with his parents after receiving his award.

St Kevin’s first-year student, Lloyd Tomkins who won in his category of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ Irish History Competition, pictured with his parents after receiving his award.

Some of the St. Kevin’s medal winners from the Cross Country Relay Championships.

Some of the St. Kevin’s medal winners from the Cross Country Relay Championships.

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St Kevin’s first-year student, Lloyd Tomkins who won in his category of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ Irish History Competition, pictured with his parents after receiving his award.

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BLESSINGTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Pieta House Amber Flag Initiative

Thank you to Ms Kavanagh and our sixth year girls Rosie and Kate for their speeches yesterday. Great advice and encouragement, below is the text of their important words.

Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm: A recent survey from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services shows that nearly half of Irish adults have been treated for a mental health difficulty in 2021.25% of people who responded to the survey are experiencing mental health difficulties for the first time in their lives due to the pandemic. 66% of respondents believe that being treated for a mental health difficulty is still seen by Irish society as a sign of personal failure. Would we consider it to be a personal failure if we caught the measles or broke a leg?

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On a positive note, 72% believe that Irish society is more open to talking about mental health issues since the onset of the pandemic and 89% would tell someone if they were experiencing a mental health difficulty. We believe it is ok not to be ok.

Our Amber Flag initiatives are supporting Pieta House and today’s walk is a fundraiser for their services. Pieta House provides a professional one-to-one therapeutic service to those in suicidal distress, those who engage in self-harm and those who are bereaved by suicide. Their services are free to those who need them.

Finally, we want to remind everyone that it’s ok to make mistakes, to have bad days, to be less than perfect and to be yourself. Smiles are contagious and kindness is free. But on the days when it is hard to be positive, lean on your supports, your family, your friends because it really is ok not to be ok and you don’t have to struggle in silence. Be kind to yourself and to each other.

MK added: As an English teacher, I love my metaphors and I read yesterday an American politician’s comparison of our ability to withstand burnout as being like a cup. We are a cup that needs to be filled and also pours out. We pour out our energy and support and need to be filled with good food/nutrition, good rest/sleep, good friends, getting back to the things we love, e.g. sports, etc. We need our supports in order to keep our cup full. Remember it is ok not to be ok!

Thanks to Rosie and Kate for speaking and to Seán Dempsey and Brian Keogh for the borrowed loudspeaker to try to amplify our voices.

Equestrian

Well done to our Equestrian teams who competed in the Barnadown Equestrian Interschools competition in Gorey today. Thanks to the parents and students for getting up at 5:30am to prepare their horses and travel to the event. All nine riders competed exceptionally well today and we look forward to more completions in the coming months.

ST KEVIN’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Maths Week 2021

We had a lot of fun engaging with all things maths, last week in St Kevin’s. Students and staff got involved in competitions and tasks all centred around numeracy. Thanks to all involved in making the week such a big success.

Cross Country Athletics

St Kevin’s sent 15 relay teams to Greystones last Thursday for the County Wicklow Relay Cross Country Championships. It was a very successful day for our athletics teams with 11 teams taking home medals on the day; eight gold, two silver and one bronze. Well done to all our competitors and their coach, Ms Reid.

Congratulations

We at St Kevin’s would like to congratulate First-Year student, Lloyd Tomkins, for winning in his category of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ Irish History Competition for primary and post primary schools 2021. The competition was organised by the Department of Education and University College Cork – School of History.

Lloyd entered the competition under the category ‘Ireland and the First World War’ and did a project on his great grand uncle, who fought in World War I Lloyd completed the project in the last academic year while in primary school. Our friends in Jonathan Swift National School organised an award ceremony for Lloyd which was attended by Mr Cleere (Deputy Principal) and Mr Campbell (History Teacher). Well done, Lloyd.


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