On December 4th, Presentation Ballingarry launched its “Wellbeing Week.” The principle aim of the week was to provide an environment where the physical, social, and mental wellbeing of the students and staff was supported. Throughout the week the whole school community was involved in a wide range of activities from zumba, yoga and bodybalance workouts to board games, to teacher v’s pupils’ basketball, to traditional music and many sporting activities. There was also time for meditation, mindfulness colouring, Christmas music and fresh fruit at break times. Our sincerest thanks to The Apple Farm for their very generous donation of apples.
The importance of such a week cannot be underestimated in today’s pressured environment and it was fitting that this week followed on directly from Christmas house exams. In keeping with the Presentation ethos, wellbeing week acknowledges the complexity of each individual and the importance of feeling a sense of belonging to a community. Taking time to be grateful for the goodness in life or get physically active or simply enjoying the company of one another was a major focus of the week. Students and staff were invited to come together and get to know one another outside the confines of the classroom. Our gratitude board was such a success that it will continue to hold its position at the heart of school long after the week is over.
Coordinator of the events, Mr. Brian Moran expressed his thanks to the students for their enthusiasm and engagement with the myriad of activities on offer. He also paid tribute to the staff for their involvement in both organising and supervising activities. This is just the first of many initiatives which will continue to be offered to the students and staff throughout this and future academic years.