Positive Mental Health’ week took place at Ardee Community School recently.
It was dedicated to making students, teachers and staff aware of the importance of positive mental health.
It was organised by a hard working committee within the school made up of teachers, students and support groups. Many events were organised to create a positive atmosphere and to improve everyone’s mood.
Students were greeted on arrival each morning by cheery staff members. Random acts of kindness were carried out, for example, chocolates were distributed to staff and
Motivational quotes were placed in meeting places and students were allowed to abandon their uniforms on one day.
However, the highlight of the week was an event held in the parish centre when all 750 students walked to the centre, accompanied by their teachers. An opening address was given by Ms. Jackson, principal who congratulated everyone on their active participation in the event.
The school choir, led by Ms. Mary Ryan, sang ‘Titanium’ and created a joyful mood. This was followed by a poem entitled ‘Life is too precious’ by Eleanor Duffy.
Mr. Rob Carley then addressed the group. Rob is involved the Cycle against Suicide. He
was an enthusiastic, entertaining and upbeat speaker who inspired the students. He encouraged them to look after their mental health.
His quote was: “If its’ meant to be, it’s up to me”.
The students were dancing and singing by the end of his presentation.
To cap it all, some of the teaching staff formed a band and performed for the students. They did a rendition of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and The Heathers’, song ‘Forget me
Head Boy, Conor Keenan and head girl Gemma Myles addressed the whole school.
They thanked the organising committee for all their efforts on behalf of the students.
Moreover, they were grateful particularly for the opportunity to wear casual clothes to school on Wednesday and to have an afternoon out of class in the parish centre. As Conor
said, himself and Gemma are well aware of the stresses and strains students are faced with each day. The week has helped to inspire students.