ST Caimin’s Community, School recently held a Friendship Week aimed at promoting positive relationships between students and tackling bullying.
The approach adopted was for LC1 students to give presentations to junior cycle students. The older students reminded the younger ones to speak out about situations before they escalate and they offered advice on how to deal with bullying and its effects.
Other activities during the week included a ‘Thought of the Day’ which was communicated over the school’s intercom. The objective of this was to give students a positive thought to keep their spirits up during the day.
During the week LC1 students were visited by Colm Fagan from Aware. Colm spoke to students about how to recognise anxiety and about how to cope with it effectively.
Posters, created by the students, were displayed around St Caimin’s to remind them to be aware of the support systems available in the school.
There was positive feedback from both staff and students and the Friendship Week may become an annual event.