HSE West SYNER-CHI Youth Mental Health Conference
On Tuesday October 21st Ms. Flaherty and Ms. McDonagh attended the HSE West SYNER-CHI Youth Mental Health Conference.
The conference emphasised that mental health involves all areas of our lives: family, friendships, school work and lifestyle.
There were many speakers on the day including iRadio’s Fergal D’Arcy
Science for Fun:
The primary goal is to present Science to pupils in an enjoyable way. The hope is to emphasise the importance of language while developing scientific concepts and skills.
Science for Fun involves Transition Year students training as facilitators for a Schools Partnership Science for Fun programme. The secondary school students prepare experiments based on the four strands of the primary curriculum. Through the use of ICT, hands on experiments and preparation of resources, the Transition year students deliver an exciting programme to the primary pupils.
This initiative aims to:
- Create a partnership where TY students become educators and develop many skills through delivery of the programme.
- Give pupils an opportunity to experience hands on science activities.
- Give primary pupils the opportunity to visit a secondary school science laboratory.
Maths for Fun:
Maths for Fun is offered to J.C.S.P. classes in First and Second year .
This initiative aims to:
- Assist teachers in the challenge of making Maths ‘fun’.
- Give students the opportunity to experience Maths as ‘fun’.
- Give students the opportunity to focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions in the non-threatening setting of playing a card game or a board game.
- Give students practice at mental arithmetic.
- Allow students practice skills such as telling the time.
- Improve social skills e.g. taking turns, accepting defeat etc.
This project is run in collaboration with the Mercy Primary School and their H.S.C.L. Coordinator.
It targets First and/or Second year J.C.S.P. students and its aim is to build student confidence about reading and to raise overall confidence and self esteem.
Students are given training in Paired Reading and are encouraged by their English teacher. They read books with the children in Senior Infants or First Class. At the end of each week’s session two students read and act out a story for the class using story sacks.
Tuam Library supports this initiative by providing books. The Mercy and St. Patrick’s primary schools provide the story sacks.
The initiative ends with the presentation of Paired Reading certificates, exchange of gifts and a celebration.