We are very proud to say we are enrolled in Jigsaw’s One Good School initiative.
Jigsaw is the national center for youth mental health in Ireland.
The One Good School Initiative involves a whole school approach, aimed at supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people and those around them.
OGS will involve:
- A wide range of activities, based on the school’s needs. These include face-to-face classes, events and online learning options.
- Topics include managing exam stress, anxiety in the classroom, how to get help and self care.
- Young people are the experts in what affects them. Therefore, pupils will have the opportunity to lead, support and promote mental health in Maryfield.
- Right now, we are establishing a One Good School team, made up of school management, teachers, pupils and parents. Their job is to roll out the programme in the school.
- Team members will receive training from Jigsaw. Between now and the summer, they will complete 5 team tasks. One would be to assess the needs of the school in order to plan for September.
- Pupils and parents will start with an online course.
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Drop Everything and Exercise
As part of our approach to whole-school wellbeing, we have launched the Drop Everything and Exercise initiative.
What is it?
- It is the use of physical activity breaks during lessons.
- Pupils and teachers stop what they are doing and engage in a little bit of exercise.
- New exercises are tried out every week.
- These physical activity breaks allow you to clear your mind, get some fresh air and energise yourself.
- They will increase your focus in a fun and healthy way.
Welcome to our Wellness Workshop, we have set up this link to encourage Maryfield girls to look after their wellness.
There are four areas to think about;
Please take a look at our video
It is important to relax and de-stress daily. Take time to look after yourself and to focus on the positives in your life.
Talking to a trusted friend or family member can be a great way of de-stressing…a problem shared is a problem halved.
Tips for a healthy mind
Daydream – Think of a dream location
Good Feelings – Make it a point everyday to remember good times.
Learn ways to cope with negative thoughts – Try distracting yourself or comforting yourself, if you can’t solve the problem right away.
Enjoy hobbies – Something fun that you enjoy
Set goals – reaching it will build confidence and a sense of satisfaction.
Share humour – A little humour can go a long way to keeping us mentally fit! 🙂
Social and Cultural Health
Making friends and confiding in others is vital in a teenager’s life as it boosts our self-esteem and can help us deal with problems.
Learning about different cultures provides a better understanding of others.
Physical and Nutritional Health
A healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve general health.
Exercise is very important, it gives us more energy. It also controls weight, reduces the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Can relieve stress too. Go for a walk or join a school team.
Remember: Healthy eating does not have to mean giving up the foods you like best, just balance the food choices you make!
Spiritual health is the act of living a life with honesty and in line with a spiritual belief system of some kind. Spirituality is about knowing your function in life and you can get that guidance from your heart.
There are different forms of spirituality, such as: meditating, listening to music, reading or even just relaxing.