Whole School Holistic Approach
Old Bawn Community School’s education is very much centered on the education of the whole person. We are committed to the academic, creative, emotional, social, spiritual and physical development of each student in a caring and safe environment. A strong emphasis is placed on each student attaining her/his full potential through an enriching and comprehensive education. Our school promotes an atmosphere of trust and friendliness. Students are encouraged to develop responsibility, initiative, personal growth and leadership so that they can take place in society as mature and committed citizens.
The wellbeing of the whole school community is at the heart of our school’s mission statement and is central to everything that we do.
The new framework for Junior Cycle provides for “a new area of learning at junior cycle called Wellbeing. Wellbeing will cross the three years of junior cycle and build on substantial work already taking place in school’s culture and ethos and commitment to wellbeing visible to students. It will include learning opportunities to enhance the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of students. It will enable students to build life skills and develop a strong sense of connectedness to their school and to their community. The junior cycle Wellbeing Program began with 300 hours of timetabled engagement in 2017 and will build up to 400 hours by 2020 as the new junior cycle is implemented fully in schools”
Old Bawn Community School is committed to implementing a holistic whole school approach to wellbeing, one that incorporates the new framework for Junior Cycle as well as many other areas of wellbeing support for all students and staff in our school. The indicators of wellbeing as outlined below underpin our holistic program.
Here in Old Bawn Community School we have chosen to strongly prioritise and highlight wellbeing within our School Community. This is reflected in our curricular provision:
- CSPE, PE and SPHE and Religious, Social and Cultural Studies at Senior Cycle
- Guidance related learning
- Timetabled wellbeing class: other subjects and learning experiences
- Extra-curricular and co-curricular learning
Junior Cycle Wellbeing
All Junior Cycle students take part in CSPE, PE, & SPHE. All of these subject areas support the general wellbeing of our students. Students will also take part in a modular based wellbeing program, which will allow students to explore new ways of supporting their own wellbeing. The details of the modules are outlined below:
|Module 1||Module 2||Module 3||Module 4|
|IT skills and Internet Safety||Drama||Philosophy and Cultural Studies.||Music Appreciation|
|Module 1||Module 2||Module 3|
|Study Skills and Guidance Related Learning||Nutrition and Healthy Living||Minding Me (mindfulness, relaxation & resilience)|
|Module 1||Module 2||Module 3||Module 4|
|Guidance Related Learning||Minding Me (mindfulness, relaxation & resilience)||Drama, Debating & Public Speaking||Music Appreciation|
Senior Cycle Wellbeing
TY students take part in a number of modules that support their wellbeing. These include Philosophy, Young Social Innovators, PE and SPHE.
5th and 6th Year
Topics relating to wellbeing are accessible to senior cycle students through Religious Social and Cultural Studies, the Mind Out Program, PE and Career Guidance.
Additional Wellbeing Supports
We have eight different programs (Integr8) available on a referral basis that are designed to enable our students to reach their full potential at Old Bawn Community School. It is our aim as a school community to nurture the whole person so that they may be able to respond to the challenges of every day life with resilience, optimism and a feeling of ownership. Through Integr8 it is hoped that this aim will be achieved. The booklet below outlines the Integr8 program.
Other Supports & Initiatives
As well as the provisions already outlined, the following are available to all students to support their emotional, social, personal, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
- An active chaplaincy team and school completion team
- Year head structure, along with SDOs and class tutors
- Extra-Curricular Activities
- The guidance team who meet with students by appointment
- Supportive school management team
- Year group assemblies, year group trips and retreats
- An active student leadership team including mentors, peer leaders, student council and prefects.