With the support of the Health Service Executive (HSE), our school has made a commitment to develop as a Health Promoting School (HPS). A (HPS) is about giving school an extra special focus on health. It encourages teachers, students and parents/guardians to look at how health and wellbeing can be built upon within the school. This means that we will be consulting with and involving students, staff and parents/guardians to explore what makes a school a healthy place in which to work, study and visit. This will mean something different for each school; for example some schools have introduced nutrition policies, involved Student Councils in promoting mental health, introduced increased levels of physical activity, developed school wildlife gardens or shared/supplied fruit in the school kitchen. Children and young people spend a lot of time in school and it is an important influence in their lives. The evidence shows schools are much more effective in what they do and what they can achieve when their parents/guardians are supportive and involved.
As a parent/guardian we would encourage you to get involved and support our Health Promotion work. We will keep you updated you throughout the rest of the year on our progress and how you can be involved. For more information or to share your ideas, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Warren, Ms Nolan Mr Walsh or pop a suggestion in the suggestion box in reception.
Tuesday, 2nd of February was a very special day for the pupils and staff in Ballycar. Our very special visitor, Sergeant Derek Dinan from Sarsfield Barracks, presented the National Flag to the pupils of the school. The children had prepared wonderful projects and artwork for the occasion. Aoife Garry showed us the medals that her great grandfather earned for his efforts during the Easter Rising. The children were taught about the National Flag and Proclamation, but the best part was possibly a Question and Answer session with Sergeant Derek. It was a very humbling and inspiring day for everyone. We will celebrate Proclamation Day in our school on 15th March, sharing our hopes and dreams for the next 100 years!