We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the AMBER FLAG. This flag is given to schools who show they have excelled in the area of wellbeing. We are so proud of this achievement and our Amber Flag Committee for all their work on this and for helping to create a culture of wellbeing in the school where kindness is central to all we do.
Amber Flag Award
Unveiling of the Amber Flag at our assembly
Members of the Amber Flag Committee
Amber Flag Goals
Well-Being Day 2023:
Well-Being Day took place on the 24th of March creating a positive, happy, calm, healthy and fun-filled atmosphere around the school, teaching us an essential life-long lesson about looking after our Well-Being – see St. Laurence’s Amber Flag poster attached.
The children were greeted entering the school by the Amber Flag Committee and other students wishing them a, ‘Happy Well-Being Day’ and giving out smiley face stickers. Like Kindness Day, a positive vibe set the tone of the day as both teachers, staff members, students and parents sang and danced their way in, to uplifting tunes.
The whole school was vibrating this uplifting mood and the corridor walls, school doors and Well-Being (Mental Health) boards were awash with positive, uplifting Well-Being posters, positive affirmations and mantras.
We announced on the school intercom, the Dr. Seuss quote that inspired this year’s Well-being Day theme, ‘To the world you may be one person; but to one person who may be the world’. It was the ideal message for the day!!! We spoke to the school body about how important and precious each of us are and therefore, we need to prioritize our Well-Being. We referred to the attached poster, ‘5 Ways to Support Your Well-Being’ and to their classes chosen activity to boost their mood and to give them Well-Being ideas.
This filled every pupil with a sense of Well-Being and the importance of looking after the Well-Being of others. They were also excited to participate in their classes’ Well-Being activity. Here are just a few of the Well-Being activities that took place: talking about what Well-Being (Mental health) is and how to look after it, talking about the school Well-Being poster, singing, dancing, yoga, relaxation meditations, breathing exercises, outdoor golden time like drawing with chalk outside with buddy classes, extra P.E outside, mindful colouring, a Well-Being class breakfast, a nature walk, a picnic and using the Amber Flag Well-Being resources on the school website.
That’s a fantastic amount of Well-Being and super resources that each child can use throughout the year and forever more!!🏆🥇🙌✨😍🥰🖐👏🙏
Cake Sale 2023:
The 6th class pupils, Amber Flag Committee, indeed the whole school community baked cakes and organised a cake sale. Each class had a slot to buy cakes and there were posters advertising our chosen charities. The cake sale was so enjoyable and a great success. It did wonders for everyone’s Well-Being.
Click here for photos of our Cake Sale.
Kindness Day 2023:
Kindness day took place on the 8th of February creating a positive, kind and love-filled atmosphere to get us ready for St. Valentine’s Day during our mid-term break.
The children were greeted coming to school by the Amber Flag Committee and some teachers' children wishing them a, ‘Happy Kindness Day’ and giving out heart stickers. The tone of the day was set as both teachers, staff members and students bopped to kindness tunes.
The whole school gathered for St. Brigid Kindness themed assembly. Junior Infants and their 5th Class buddies highlighted the theme of the day, ‘How will you make some one smile today by being kind?’ A third class young lady named Ava Melody inspired our theme from her amazing art work. It sent the perfect message for the day!!!
The whole school celebrated St. Brigid, all her kindness and gave all our school students and staff ideas on how they could be kind to each other, today and every day. We concluded our celebrations by joining the school choir sing, ‘You Can Count on Me’, by Bruno Mars.
This sent every student back to their class eager to spread kindness and to participate in their classes’ kindness activity. These activities were carried out across the whole school at different levels: kindness compliments passed to each other, cards to buddies, reading kindness books, designing kindness quilts out of paper, creating posters, art activities, song singing, kindness mindful colouring, creating a kindness tree, kindness fortune teller, kindness poetry, kindness word pots and writing letters to a nursing home.
That’s a lot of Kindness and a great recipe for a year full of Kindness!!!