St. Joseph’s recently received their second flag in five years in acknowledgement of the work they carry out as a Health Promoting School. Pictured with the flag are staff and students of the school who make up the committee, along with Pauline Flynn and Patricia McQuaid representing the parents association, and Anne Walshe of Health Promoting Schools, Ireland. The presentation of the flag is the culmination of the work put in over the past two years, having first received the flag in 2014.
An emphasis was placed on two aspects of health in the school during this time. The first aim was to create an awareness of the importance of maintaining a good balance in mental health among the staff and student bodies alike. The second aim was to promote an increased participation in physical activity in the school, with particular attention paid to promotion of sport for girls.
Initiatives such as Mental Health week, Big Brother Big Sister, Trinity Sports Leadership Programme and Sky Sports “Living for Sport” are but a few of the schemes that have been run in the school to help us achieve this status again. Our success in extracurricular sport over the past number of years is testament to the work being put in in these areas both by the local clubs of the areas and the teachers within the school.
The school will begin a new cycle in the coming academic year, and with new aims in place, while maintaining the current progress, can no doubt continue on the journey towards receiving the flag for a third time.