Positive Mental Health

Today mindful colouring continued in the reading rooms .  There are loads of coloring pages and colors to use and staff and students are welcome.  People like  mindful coloring because it lowers your stress levels and makes you feel good, it takes your mind off worries and helps you relax. Come along tomorrow and unwind. 

At lunch time Colin played music in the canteen. Everyone loved it and Ms Kavanagh was even spotted dancing! Colin will have his decks set up again tomorrow and Sodiq and Lucy will be performing live on Friday! 


-Kara Cassidy

TY applications

Reminder. The deadline for handing in TY application forms is today at 3pm. All 3rd year subject option forms for 5th year must be handed in by this Friday

Tuesday's PMH message

Our message today is TALK:

When you are upset, worried or feeling down, it can help to talk about what you are going through. Talking to someone about what's troubling you can make a big difference to how you feel. 

Why talk?

·        Often in talking with someone you gain a different perspective that can help you look at things in a different way or find solutions.

·        Talking it out can help lessen worry and reassure you that there is a better or different way forward.

·        Have a cup of tea with someone who cares for you, or give them a call, and let them know you are not okay. You don’t have to appear to be strong or to try to struggle through things by yourself.

Someone will notice

Sometimes, we expect that those close to us should know we aren’t feeling good. We feel that they should notice what we are going through. However, perhaps they haven’t noticed or perhaps they are waiting for you to ask, not wanting to interfere. If you communicate your feelings to them, people are often willing to help out a friend in need. Your friends or family are often glad you asked and indeed, feel privileged that you asked them in the first place.

How do I get started?

Talking about your feelings is a sign of personal strength and of being able to take control of your life. It can be difficult to know how to start a conversation about your feelings or worries.

·        Find the right moment for the conversation – you want to have time to talk and not be interrupted.  

·        You might find it easier to start the conversation when you are doing something else – such as out for a walk or doing the dishes together.

What do I say?

·        It’s okay to start off by saying you have been going through a tough time and to describe what you’ve been thinking and feeling.  

·        It is normal to feel a little nervous. You might worry about how people will react but when you let someone know you need their help, they will respond positively. You might also find it hard to talk to others about your feelings and experiences. 

·        Or perhaps you have tried to talk to someone – or to get help – and things haven’t improved for you.  Don’t give up. There is support available, and talking about your feelings will get easier with time.

·        You can also write down how you feel, as this may help make the words clearer in your mind. Writing down your worries can have a two-fold effect.  The act of writing itself can be a therapeutic release. Also seeing you thoughts and feelings on paper allows you to confront them and find ways to deal with them.  Often when broken down it is also easier to put some perspective on them.

Who do I talk to?

Confide in someone you trust such as a family member, a teacher, a friend or neighbour. People will listen and give you support if you let them know how you’re feeling. It might also help the people you care about – if you open up about your feelings, they might do the same. Even being in other people’s company can help. If you find it too difficult to talk to a loved one, considering talking to a G.P. or counsellor.


We invite 1st and 2nd year girls on a lunch time walk. Meet at the front gate at 1.20.

We are doing this to highlight the importance of sport and exercise for Girls. GIRLS WHO PLAY sport report having significantly better body confidence and mental well-being, according to new research conducted by Lidl. By the age of 13 though, one in two girls will have given up sport completely, with 47% of those saying their main reason for quitting was that their friends weren’t playing.

Most girls that quit do so in secondary school, whereas third level is the more likely drop off point for their male counterparts.


There is Mindfull colouring in the Reading Rooms at lunch time

Music in the canteen at Lunch time. Students can make requests for songs that make them HAPPY.

Positive Mental Health week

Your Mental Health is an important part of your overall wellbeing and how you function in your life as a whole.

Positive Mental Health contributes to your overall wellbeing and is experienced when you can realise your own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully and make a contribution to your community. Looking after our mental health can prevent problems in the future or help us get through difficult times.


It is normal and natural to feel down at times. Problems you may encounter might range from general everyday worries or low periods in your life, to more serious long-term conditions. One in 4 of us will experience a mental health difficulty in our lifetime. Everyone is different and how we respond to mental health difficulties can vary from person to person.

1 in 5 young Irish Adults aged 19-24 and 1 in 6 young people aged  11-13 are experiencing mental health problems.

Our school are on our way to achieving our 3rd Amber Flag. This is a huge achievement for us as a school community.

The Amber Flag signifies how ready we are here at Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain to promote positive mental health and acknowledge, embrace and support those suffering with mental health issues and indeed those affected by them.

Ireland has come a long way in the past few years in terms of breaking down the stigma that once surrounded mental health. No longer is it a taboo subject and no longer is it something to be ashamed of, or afraid of.


This new awareness and recognition is thanks to many support networks available such as Pitea House, Suicide Aware, Spun Out, Reach Out and Mental Health Ireland. So this flag is our way of saying:

At  Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain, you are not alone, at Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain you will be supported and at Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain and at Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain, we will do everything possible to promote and encourage Positive Mental Health across our school community’’.

The theme for our Positive Mental Health Week is TALK

T: Talk

A: Active

L: Let it go

K: Kindness

WE will tell you more about these as the week goes on.

Variety Show

Tickets for the variety show are on sale each break time this week until they are sold out. Over half of the tickets for the Thursday night are already sold. Adult tickets €10 students €7

Positive Mental Health week next week

What is Positive Mental Health?
Mental health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics. – this is positive mental health.
People who are mentally and emotionally healthy generally have:
• A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun.
• The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.
• A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships.
• The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change.
• The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships.
• Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

Next week is our Annual Positive Mental Health Week.
We will give you more information about it on Monday and we encourage you to get involved in some of the activities taking place to highlight the importance of looking after out Mental Health.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Beidh imeachtaí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl an tseachtain seo chugainn- Tráth na gCeist, Cárta Comórtas,Cóisir agus Ceol sa rang , Duaiseanna, Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine agus an Ciorcal cainte :

An Comórtas Cárta
Teideal: 'Bliain na Gaeilge' 2018
Spriocdháta: Déardaoin 15 Márta
Duaiseanna don chéad, dara agus triú háit.
Múinteoir: Iníon Nic Mhuiris (Miss Fitzmaurice)

An Ciorcal cainte
Gach Aoine 11.00-11.20
Seomra 24
Caint agus brioscaí

TY parent teacher meeting

The TY parent teacher meeting takes place tomorrow from 4.15-6.45. School will finish at 3.35 as a result. There will be no homework club and study as teachers will be meeting parents .

The options talk on 5th year subjects, LCVP and TY will take place in the canteen at 7pm .