We are very excited to announce that here at Masterson National School; we are embarking on a new adventure. Following on from the success of the Active Flag and Green School Flag initiatives, we are now taking on the challenge of obtaining an Amber Flag.
The Amber Flag initiative aims to promote positive mental health and well-being for all the children in our school.
Positive mental health and well-being means feeling good in
your body and your mind, getting on well with others, feeling grateful for
everything you have and feeling proud of the special person that you are. This
enables us to lead happy, fulfilling lives.
On Mindfulness Monday all children from Junior Infants to 6th Class participated in guided meditation and received their friendship buddies for the week.
On Thankful Tuesday all the children talked with their class teacher about the meaning of gratitude and doing kind gestures for one another They also identified things that they are thankful for and wrote it on a leaf for the gratitude tree.
On Wellness Wednesday, the children participated in mindfulness meditation and colouring activities or any other activities chosen by the class teacher that would allow them to be in the present moment.
On Triumphant Thursday, the children focused on changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts. They discussed with their classmates their strengths and what makes them unique and a good friend.
On Feel Good Friday the children came to school dressed in their pajamas to raise money for Pieta House with the positive motto of When it rains, look for rainbows. When it is dark, look for the stars. The children played with their friendship buddy during lunch-break and had golden time in the afternoon.
The Amber Flag Committee would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to everybody for their amazing generosity in helping us raise money for Pieta House. We are so thankful for each and every contribution made.
Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve our focus and performance and reduce stress and anxiety.
On Well being teacher Catherine took each class for a yoga session. We enjoyed learning some new poses and taking time for ourselves during the busy school day. Thank you Catherine for doing the yoga workshop with us.