Mental health education is extremely important for our children. At Cloonakilla NS we participate annually in the Amber Flag initiative.
The Amber Flag is a mental health initiative designed to help schools and clubs promote positive mental health within the educational system.
This is our 4th year of participation in the Amber Flag initiative at Cloonakilla NS. We received our first Amber Flag in 2017/18…we were the first school in Roscommon to receive one! We renewed our flag in 2018/19 and began the process again in 2019/20 but we had to roll the planned goals over into this year, 2020/21, due to the Covid 19 school closures from March to June.
In previous years, Mrs Cronolly and the children on the various AF committees have held Bake Sales and Bring and Buy sales which raised thousands of euro for Pieta Midlands (a mental health charity) and the school’s Sensory Room. We have created an Amber Flag notice-board in the school which is kept up to date by the pupils on the committee. We have hosted debates relating to mental health topics, had positive messages posted on the school intercom and in the library and we have created the Wellbeing section on the school website. We have held mindfulness and wellbeing sessions in the library and had colouring competitions for the younger children. We had speakers into the school from Pieta. We put a new Buddy Bench in the junior infant yard.
We have a new committee this year. One of our goals for 2021 is to raise money for a new Buddy Bench for the senior infant yard. In 2020/21 we also want to hold a fun fundraising activity to raise money and awareness for Pieta, and we want to keep the Wellbeing area on the website up-to-date, as well as having some activities and a competition during the year that all classes can take part in.
Isabelle, Margarita, Katelyn, Kyle, Emma, Grace, Adam & Orla (The 2020/21 AF Committee)
The Amber Flag committee 2020-2021