This year, in Piper’s Hill College, we amalgamated Friendship and Mind your mental health weeks, and called it Wellbeing week.
Wellbeing Week took place here in Piper’s Hill College from 8th-12th October to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10th. All years took place in activities. 1st years enjoyed a Colour Run and Bully 4 U talk, 2nd years were treated to a Film Morning while 3rd Years took part in a Photography Competition. Senior students relaxed with coffee mornings and there was a focus on mindfulness and the importance of looking after your mental health. Drumming workshops rocked the school on Wednesday and a talk on “Persistence is the key to success” gave 6th years a new outlook on resilience and learning from setbacks.
Teachers and students threw themselves into the week and activites included “Positive Moments”in Business, Tea parties in Spanish, Mindfulness Colouring, Stop everything and breathe, relaxation techniques, Friendship hands in Technical Graphics, Meditation and Mindfulness, No phone day for Enable Ireland, Pic Collages of what happiness is in Digital Media Literacy, Friendship activities, Decoding and Team activities in Maths, Understanding your learning style and study techniques, Inspirational Music while you work in Engineering, Poems about themselves in English and Money vs Happiness in Geography.
Across the week, there were lots of games and activities to get students physically active with Zumba, badminton, soccer, hurling and camogie to get students up and moving. There was an emphasis on healthy eating also as frozen yoghurt smoothies and fruit snacks were enjoyed by staff and students throughout the week, courtesy of our fantastic Home Ec department. Funds were raised for Childline.
Staff got involved also, raising funds for Pieta House with the Great Piper’s Hill Bake Off on Thursday. Mindfulness and a lunchtime walk a mile took place for staff, as well as a reflective space with mindfulness activities.
The highlight of the week was on World Mental Health Day when our 4th Year and 5th Year students collaborated with the four other post-primary schools in the community to celebrate and promote positive mental health in Naas town centre. Students designed posters on mental health and displayed them in Naas town. Orange was the chosen colour for the day and in keeping with the dress code students handed out orange lollipops. Students were treated to refreshments in St. Mary’s afterwards where students and teachers from all five schools took time to socialise and connect with each other. We had a guest appearance from the sun for the day and the Garda Liaison also took time to drop by and get his picture taken with the students.
Well done to all our staff and students who got involved and made the week such a great success! We’re already chomping at the bit for next year’s Wellbeing week!