Carrick-on-Suir’s Scoil Mhuire is striving to become the first secondary school in the South East to be designated a Health Promoting School.
The school is working with the HSE’s Health Promotion Unit in Clonmel in relation to organising events, initiatives and implementing policies to educate and encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle.
Scoil Mhuire Home Economics teacher Claire Howlin said a committee of students, parents and teachers has been set up to co-ordinate the school’s campaign to achieve the designation.
“It’s about educating students to make the right choices.We are looking at doing a survey of parents, students and staff to see what is lacking in the school. There is a process the school has to work within to achieve the designation and it will take a year or two . “
One of the key initiatives Scoil Mhuire already has in place is its annual Healthy Living Week, which took place two weeks ago.This was the third year the school ran the awareness week promoting good physical and mental health for students.
A series of fun events were organised to encourage students to eat healty foods. There were competitions to identify fruit and vegetbales and a healthy eating breakfast morning where first year students enjoyed a healthy breakfast of scones, muffins and smoothies prepared by the Transition Year home economics class. Health Promotion officer Tracey Tobin gave a talk on healthy lunches to Second Year students and nutritionist Laurann O’Reilly gave a healthy eating talk to Transition Years.
Meanwhile, Fifth Years learned how to prepare a range of tasty dishes at a cookery demonstration run by Carrick-on-Suir born chef Lucia Parle. “The cookery demonstration was one of the highlights of the week, The 5th years thought it was brilliant. They tasted everything and were really enthusiastic,” said Claire.
There was also a big focus on exercise. Sixth year students tried out pilates while Transition Year students had a very enjoyable session in the gym with personal trainer Leslie Russell.
The “Golden Mile” lunchtime walk on Wednesday, January 15 attracted more than 50 students and staff. And students tested their fitness in hula hooping and skipping contests in the school gym.
Other events included talks by representatives of the Samaritans to Fifth and Sixth Year classes, an Irish Heart Foundation talk to Transition Years on heart disease prevention, a quiz and poster contest.
Claire Howlin thanked Super Valu, Carrick-on-Suir, Iverk Produce, Glanbia and Centra, Ballylynch for sponsoring Healthy Living Week.