Archive for Health Promoting School Initiative

Cookery Demonstration

A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising and funding a very interesting and worthwhile cookery demonstration. The children had great fun taking part. They made delicious, healthy brown bread and salmon fish fingers. Thank you also to Pauric  and Irene from the Forge restaurant for providing a very engaging and interactive cookery demonstration for the children. (More photos to follow!)

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Wellbeing Posters

3rd -6th class pupils created posters in groups based on the Mental Health ‘Little Things’ slogans. The following slogans were used as stimuli for the posters:

-Problems feel smaller when you share them!

-The more you move the better your mood!

-Boost your mood with healthy food!

-Do things with others there’s strength in numbers!

-Add friends to your tea!

-If a friend seems distant catch up with them!

-8 hours sleep make the other 16 easier!


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GAA Training

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World Book Day

Our World Book Day dress up was a great success with lots of colourful and creative outfits on show! Well done to all the pupils and parents for putting such great effort into all the outfits! We presented prizes on the day to pupils in each classroom! However, you are ALL winners for having fun and taking part!!!


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Today is Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 6th February)

Tuesday 6th February is safer internet day. Technology is wonderful and useful but it is can also be dangerous and can affect children’s mental and physical health if it is not used appropriately and in moderation.

There are many resources available to help parents teach their children about staying safe on-line. Each teacher will be covering this topic with the pupils in their class, at an age appropriate level. It is important that you reinforce this at home. We would not let our children cross the road without teaching them the Safe Cross Code and the rules of the road, we should not allow them access to the internet without teaching them how to stay safe on-line and giving them clear rules to follow.

Visit this site for a family e-safety kit:  

or access it here: Parental-Guide

Click on the link below for a very informative leaflet. It is especially relevant for parents of pupils from 3rd class upwards. It covers things parents need to know about Facebook, Snapchat, KiK and Tinder for Teens. Please take the time to read it and discuss it with your children.

Cyber Bullying information leaflet

This website also has good material:  


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How to encourage your child to try their best!

We hear a lot about praising children and encouraging them to do their best. According to the latest research, while it is very important to praise children, the type of praise we give can determine whether they will be motivated to try harder or to give up!

What we should praise children for:
hard work
rising to a challenge
learning from a mistake
But we should not praise for:
being smart
born gifted
fixed abilities
not making mistakes
Try saying:
“You tried very hard” ” you used a good strategy!” or
“What a creative way to solve that problem.” “You haven’t got it yet, but you’ll get there.”


The poster below gives some interesting tips on how to develop what researchers call a “Growth Mindset” in children.

Parents Guide to a Growth Mindset


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FAQ document from the HSE regarding the Flu

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Charity walk wearing Christmas jumpers

Thank you for your kind and generous donations to GOAL and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The children and staff enjoyed their Christmas walk wearing their festive jumpers..we had all sorts, some that jingled, some that lit up and some very sparkly, colorful ones! We walked one mile this morning! The total raised was €282 which will be shared equally between the two charities.

The staff would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, safe and healthy New Year.


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Carol Singing

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class visited St.Joseph’s Nursing Home after school on Monday 18th. They sang a selection of Christmas carols for the residents, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On return to school, the boys and girls had some refreshments before being collected by their parents.

Thank you to Mrs. Edna Smith for coming along and to the management and staff of St.Joseph’s for their kindness to us.

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Carol singing in St Joseph’s Nursing Home Monday 18th December

Pupils from 3rd to 6th class are going carol singing to St Joseph’s Nursing home on Monday 18th Dec, after school. Please make sure you have sent in a permission slip if you want your child to go along. If you cannot find the slip please request another one.

Remember to collect your child from Billis NS at 4:40pm sharp, as they will go back there for treats afterwards. If you wish to collect them from the nursing home instead, please send a note to their class teacher.

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