Term 1 2023/24
The Amber Flag Committee has had a busy first term. The new committee was elected in October. The committee comprises of Chairperson Maisie-Belle Mullally, Vice-chairperson Sarah Brennan, Secretary Jack Sherlock, Vice-secretary Matthew Brydon, PROs Julia Kuszaj, Ava Cooney and Mollie Rafferty, Treasurers Conor Kilmartin and Addison Kiernan and Amber Buddies Mary-Kate Kinneavy and Ellen Curley.
So far, we have updated the Amber Flag Noticeboard, and submitted our application for this year’s Amber Flag. We have held fortnightly meetings and have decided on the aims for the coming year. These include our annual Easter Raffle, which will take place in term 2, a Wellbeing Activity Calendar which all classes have received, a Halloween Joke Day over the intercom and a new Buddy Bench poster. The Amber Flag Committee have visited the junior classes to explain the Buddy Benches to them and we are delighted with the new homework policy, which means pupils will have no written homework on Thursdays and will instead have wellbeing and oral activities. The new Mind Me, Mind You Wellbeing Programme will be used in the middle and senior classes after the midterm break and we hope it will be useful for developing resilience. We have lots more plans for the rest of the year!
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 5th 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.
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.