Curragh Community College

Wellbeing in our School

Wellbeing in our School

“Students’ wellbeing is present when students realise their abilities, take care of their physical wellbeing, can cope with the normal stresses of life and have a sense of purpose and belonging to wider community.” (NCCA 2017)

Wellbeing has always been at the heart of all that we do in Curragh Community College. However, within the new Junior Cycle, students engage with 400 hours of wellbeing across their 3 year programme. This involves the provision of learning opportunities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and mental wellbeing of our students and to enable them to build the necessary life skills to cope with day to day stresses in a healthy manner. These hours are split across the wellbeing subjects and school activities.

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Sample student timetable with wellbeing classes.

A whole school approach to wellbeing is encouraged in C.C.C. With this in mind, all teachers are aware of the importance of wellbeing and support its place in the school’s ethos. The indicators of wellbeing are engaged with across the whole curriculum.

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Wellbeing & The Curriculum

The curricular provision for wellbeing highlights the strong priority Curragh Community College has placed on catering for such in our school. It makes the school’s commitment to wellbeing visible to our students. Wellbeing provision is delivered through:

  • CSPE, SPHE & PE
  • Guidance related learning
  • Monthly Themed Wellbeing Events
  • Tutorial Programme
  • Whole school resilience and wellbeing activities
  • Extra-curricular and co-curricular learning

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Assessment & Wellbeing

There is flexibility in the assessing and reporting of the learning students gain from our wellbeing programme. Evidence of learning is gathered and relates to the knowledge and skills developed through the programme.

As part of assessment, student reflection is used. It is ongoing and usually takes place within the classroom setting. Whole school activities and their value and learning to student wellbeing are also accounted.

The curriculum components of wellbeing are assessed in a variety of ways as decided upon by individual class teachers - formats such as assignments, project work, presentations, performances, peer assessment are but some. The indicators of wellbeing are identified and linked to learning and said assessment of it.

Wellbeing will appear on students JCPA as Other Areas of Learning (OAL’s) along with formal assessments of short courses.

Curragh Community College has a number of wellbeing initiatives in operation, these are continuously reviewed to ensure students are receiving the best possible support. Our wellbeing initiatives include:

  • Breakfast Club - all students can avail of a free breakfast every morning during term time.
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Student Council
  • Check and Connect
  • First Year Transition Programme.
  • School Completion Team
  • Counselling
  • Afterschool Study
  • Maths Club
  • Positive Behaviour Strategy Team.

Student and Parent Voice

Parent/Guardian voice is important in the programme planning for wellbeing in CCC. A focus group is held at the end of each term to gather valuable insight to help make our programme responsive to the needs of our students. Parents/Guardians are best placed to witness these evolving needs and so your contributing is vital to the programme’s success. If you would like to be a part of the next focus group please send on your interest to selinacownay@kwetb.ie

Students are best placed to know what their needs are. CCC has an active student wellbeing team who meet regularly. The team is made up of students from all years who have volunteered their time to the team. Their work as wellbeing ambassadors includes contributing to the wellbeing themes across the year, to evaluate the wellbeing programme and initiatives and highlight gaps in provision and to be the voice of their classmates in relation to their wellbeing needs

Each year group is part of a designated Wellbeing Area on Microsoft Teams. This platform allows for the sharing of wellbeing tips and resources. It is used during wellbeing theme weeks to share activities and set goals. Wellbeing Assemblies are also held via this facility. Parents are advised to check in on their child’s Wellbeing Area Team regularly to keep up to date with events

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