Wellness Week

Wellness week 2011

Dr. Gary Stack, in conjunction with Olympic rowers Sean Casey and Cathal Moynihan were on hand to launch the St. Brendan’s College Wellness Week on Monday last. The week, crammed with a diverse array of talks, workshops, demonstrations and activities for the students and the staff made St. Brendan’s a hub of cross curricular learning this week.

Co-organiser Mary Collier of the Parents’ association spoke of the benefits of increased student self awareness at the launch, while school principal Sean Coffey advocated that the boys need to engage with the full spread of organisations and clubs in our community here in Killarney in order that they might fully experience the vast opportunities available to them. “While our two rowers achieved to the highest level in one chosen sport, it is important that each one of us be the “best that we can be” in relation to our physical and psychological well-being and across the full spectrum of our lives. Having a calm and balanced approach to one’s own well-being is central to this. The activities planned for this week are but a brief snapshot of the possibilities”

The senior students engaged in a series of workshops on self- esteem, addiction awareness, sports yoga, nutrition and peer support, students also engaged with speakers from Killarney Active Retirement who described what being a teenager was like in times past. Dan O’Connor spoke to the students on strengthening mental wellbeing while students also got the opportunity to avail of drumming workshops, aikido and grappling practical’s, core training, meditation and personal development. A HSE Safe talk programme was also conducted in the school this week, attended by senior students, staff and parents. Safe talk is a programme which serves to give people information about who to contact if they have a concern for a peer.

Fifth year student Brian Lynch gained insight into the difficulty and the value of sports yoga, and at the Food for Mood workshop realised the impact different foods can have on behaviour and on concentration levels.

Our Student Council will evaluate the programme over the coming weeks and begin planning a health week in March 12.

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