Health Promotion in Mercy Mounthawk
Mercy Mounthawk became a Health Promoting School in 2008. Our school works to promote a proactive health agenda among the students and teachers. The school has a Health promotions team including teachers, students and parents which liaises with several external organisations to promote the Health agenda. Each year the team organises two Health Promotion Weeks which focus the whole school community on the theme at hand. These weeks are very much in keeping with the holistic ethos of the school.
Health Promotion Weeks
Over the last number of years, our weeks have focused on a number of themes. The 2009 campaign was around Positive Psychology and the importance of being happy.
“Be Happy and Make Others Happy” 2009 Campaign
Both students and staff participate in the health promotion week. With guest speakers, special activities and the promotion of healthy eating in our canteen, the events make for a very active and enjoyable week for all. The aim of the week is to show students how easy it is for them to lead a healthy active life.
The 2011/2012 Campaign – Fitness
Mounthawk on the move!
Mercy Mounthawk was delighted to promote its inaugural 5k challenge Tuesday 8th May. Almost 700 pupils, staff and parents completed the 5k. Participants could run, jog or walk the distance and the glorious weather on the day ensured that numbers were high.
Members of an Garda Síochána cordoned off some of the route to ensure safe passage and the help of parents and staff alike ensured everybody remained safe on our roads.
Emphasis on the event was on participation and organisers were keen to express that this was not a race. This event was aimed more at the sedentary pupils who may not have enough exercise in their daily lives. It is hoped that by completing 5k and experiencing the pleasures of walking or jogging, many of these pupils may make lifestyle changes to become more fit.
Training took place in the school twice a week in the buildup to the event to help pupils ready themselves. It is envisaged that “Mounthawk on the Move” will become an annual event and the aim for next year is to increase the numbers taking part to 1000. See the slide show…
The Student Guide to Keeping Fit and Healthy
Last year a group of students on the Health Promotion Committee got together to write a short guide to keeping fit and healthy. Read more…
Health Promotion for 2012/2013
Learning to Learn – the emotional component.
This year our Health promotion will focus on the agenda of emotional intelligence as part of core skills that each students needs in Learning how to Learn. For many people difficulties experiences in application to study or work have little to do with ones intellectual ability, but instead are very often related to emotional issues such as coping with anxiety, not feeling motivated just now, keeping up interesting in something, getting over a disappointing result or feedback. Issues such as these are very often at the root of a poor productivity and application. And so it is that learning how to manage ones own emotional self is a central plank of study skill development.
Our 1st health promotion week this year will focus on the issue of motivation in 2nd and 5th year students. It is often in these ‘non-exam’ years that students find it most challenging to maintain motivation. During this week in late November, we will have workshops for students and parents on motivation and the formation of good study habits.
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