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Health and Wellbeing Week 2017.

Health and Wellbeing Week at St.Kilian’s Junior School -18th 22nd September.
Saint Kilian’s Junior School  engaged in a full programme of activities to celebrate Health and Wellbeing Week. All activities were designed to support the children’s physical, mental and emotional health. The children were coached in Zumba, Soccer Skills, Rugby Skills and Yoga by visiting coaches, they visited their healthy eating policy by introducing Fruity Friday and began a yearlong Mindfulness programme.
On Tuesday, the school launched their Tree Of Thankfulness in the school hall. The tree was designed and  beautifully crafted by Derek McDonnell, a parent and past pupil. The Tree  can be ordered from custommade.ie. It is a beautiful piece of work, almost ten feet tall, with over 100 hooks where the children will regularly hang pictures of the things in their lives they are grateful for, the simple things that they often take for granted. By acknowledging the goodness in their lives, the children are learning to focus on positivity.
Mr.Niall Kennedy, previous Board member and Chairperson of the Board of Management for twenty-one years cut the ribbon on Tuesday and formally launched the Tree. Millie, Holly, Ben, Rhys, Ella and   read their thankful notes and the whole school sang “Happy Talk”. The Echo took pictures of the event and ran a full page article on it during the week. Everyone had a smile on their faces!

Health and Wellbeing Week - 12th - 18th September 2016
St. Kilian's Junior School took a very active part in National Health and Wellbeing Week once again this year.
The children engaged in positive affirmations throughout the week, all classes took part in Cricket Skills and Tag Rugby with our visiting coaches, Yoga Classes with Ms.Kelleher and Drama workshops with Ms. Gillespie. We went on a whole school walk on Friday and revisited our healthy lunchbox policy during the week also. The week began with the very successful launch of our Buddy Seat on Monday. The Buddy Seat was made by Tallaght Men's Shed and was kindly donated to us by NINA (Need Information, Need Advice). We are the first school in Dublin to have a Buddy Seat to help promote inclusion and friendship at yardtime. The children read "The Smile" poem and Chrissie helped us to sing. Charlie O'Connor kindly helped to cut the ribbon and the children released a sea of yellow balloons. Special thanks to all who helped on the day, especially Jean Haas for all her help in organising the event.
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