What is the Amber Flag?
The Amber Flag initiative is an initiative run by Pieta House which recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youth reach, third level institutions, community groups, clubs and companies to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing.
Minsters Jan O’Sullivan and Kathleen Lynch have recently launched Well-Being in Primary Schools- Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion. This joint collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Health Service Executive, aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in primary schools. It is recognised in these guidelines that positive mental health and wellbeing enables young people to lead fulfilling lives and is vitally important to their holistic development.
In order to promote positive mental health and wellbeing at Our Lady of Consolation N.S., we have decided to take part in the Amber Flag Initiative. Successful completion of the Amber Flag initiative involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.
We, in Our Lady of Consolation N.S., wish to rally the wider school community together to endorse positive mental health and wellbeing. If any parents are willing to share their skills and talents with us in terms of music, meditation, mindfulness, fitness, healthy eating, art, etc. please get in touch.
We will be documenting all of our hard work on this page. There is also a blog attached where you will see all of the wonderful wellbeing work that is being completed in our school.
Our aims and objectives are…
- To create Amber Flag notice boards in the school, promoting positive mental health strategies.
- To hold a fundraising event for Pieta House and a Wellbeing Week to promote positive mental health in our school
- To hold a ‘Design a Poster’ competition within the school to raise awareness of positive mental health strategies.
Meet the ‘Wellbeing Warriors’
Our ‘Wellbeing Warriors’ work together to help promote positive mental health in our school. There is a Wellbing Warrior from each of the senior classes. They have been working tirelessly to outline lots of innovative ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst our students.
Our Wellbeing Warriors include:
- Sadie McCann
- Ella Duffy
- Katie Downes
- Selena Rotari
- Louise McGuire
Our staff representatives include:
- Ms. Ní Bhreacháin
- Ms. Golden
- Ms. Sweeney
- Ms. Cullen
- Ms. O’Driscoll
- Ms. McDermott
- Ms. Adams
Stay tuned for more updates on all of the exciting events and initiatives we have planned over the coming weeks!
See our Amber Flag blog to keep up to date with each class’ wonderful wellbeing work!
Well-being Warrior Challenge✨
Monday, 1st February 2021 marks the beginning of Children’s Mental Health Week. In line with this and our work towards receiving an Amber Flag for our school, we will be aiming to complete some wellbeing activities from OLOC’s well-being calendar for the month of February.
It is so important to look after our minds. We must look after our minds like we look after our bodies. Therefore, Ms. McDermott and Ms. Cullen, along with the Amber Flag committee, have organised a ‘Well-being Warrior Challenge’ to help us look after our well-being.
We will be assigning some wellbeing activities each week. Children must send a picture or a video of each activity to their teacher. If they complete at least three of the well-being activities each week, they will receive a certificate from their teacher. We ask for everybody to try their best to complete the activity assigned each day on this calendar. They won’t take long and they are very good for your metal health and wellbeing!
Find the link to weekly Well-being Warrior Challenge below:
Inside Out Day
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we celebrated ‘Inside Out Day’ during our whole-school online assembly. Inside Out Day encourages everyone to wear their clothes inside out to raise awareness for children’s mental health and to outline the concept that how someone looks on the outside doesn’t always reflect how they are truly feeling on the inside. For more information on this initiative click on the following link – https://www.insideoutday.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
As part of OLOC’s Amber Flag Initiative, we have planned a number of activities for both students and parents alike to enjoy this week. The aim of our Mental Health Awareness Week is to foster positive mental health and wellbeing in our wider school community.
We will be facilitating a Pyjama Day on Friday, 26th March, to raise funds for Pieta House. Pieta House is an organisation that works tirelessly to generate and nourish hope amongst those suffering with their mental health in Ireland. Please see our jam packed itinerary below for more details.
We really look forward to see you all get involved and do your bit to foster your mental health and wellbeing!
Pieta House Fundraiser
The Amber Flag Committee would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to everybody for their amazing generosity in helping us raise €1542.32 for Pieta House. We are so thankful for each and every contribution made.