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Health Promoting School Project

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St. Mary's College was one of five second-level schools chosen by the Department of Education to pilot the Health Promoting School Project. The Health Promoting School emphasises a holistic approach to health and extends the narrowly held view of health as diet and fitness to include and promote broader aspects such as self esteem and self confidence, decision making, relationships with peers and adults, appreciation and respect for the environment.

The following programmes developed from the H.P.S.P. and became an integral part of the school curriculum:

  • Personal Development for senior students
  • Induction Days for first year students
  • Induction Days for Transition Year Students
  • Focus Days for Form 5 students
  • Parenting Courses
  • Healthy Eating
  • Activity Weeks
  • Liaison Students
  • Student Council
  • Increased parent involvement in school activities
  • Enhancement of the environment
  • Leadership training for senior students
  • Rainbows Programme
In 1998/99 we registered as a "Green School". A Committee comprising, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, management, parents and the local community are working together on environmental issues. The aim of the "Green School" is to promote care for the environment through educating students to be responsible and accountable for their actions.

In June 1999 St.Mary's College was the first Secondary School to be awarded the EU Green Flag. Every second year we undertake a new environmental project and apply to An Taisce for a renewal of our green School status. To date we are in receipt of five Green Flags.