In 1948 the World Health Organisation stated, ‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’. The week of Monday 6th October was all about health at St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow. Students and staff organised a jam packed week of activities aimed at promoting positive health; mental and physical.
On Monday the Marie Keating Mobile Information Unit was available all day to students and staff. A nurse was on hand to speak informatively about all aspects of cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women in Ireland.
Throughout the week an array of physical activities were organised for students and staff. The Sports Hall hosted Taekwondo for Transition Years, Pilates for Fifth Years, Tai Chi for Second Years and Zumba for all. The same venue hosted a Céilí for all students during lunchtime on Tuesday.
All first years were treated to a free breakfast on Tuesday morning. With the help of Leaving Cert Applied students, fruit salads, yoghurts and cereal bars were on offer in the Home Economics Room.
The highlight of the week was most certainly the surprise whole-school flash mob organised by the Music Department. Senior music students were strategically placed around the school before bursting into classrooms and breaking into song. Great credit goes to Music teacher Sarah Finn who bravely sang the Bill Withers classic ‘Lean On Me’ as the entire school was directed to the Sports Hall for a sing-song.
On Wednesday morning Leaving Cert and Transition Year students were treated to fresh pizza made with healthy ingredients. The same day saw Fifth Year girls given free portions of pasta salad for lunch.
A series of talks and demonstrations were on offer throughout the week for interested teachers. Topics such as nutrition, dental hygiene and food preparation were discussed. Indeed, on Wednesday, a health themed quiz was organised for First Years.
Overall, given the renewed emphasis on mental and physical well-being, Health Week at St. Mary’s was a huge success. Particular thanks go to the PE and Home Economics Departments who spearheaded the week’s activities. Thanks also to all the individuals, groups and organisations that supported the event.