As part of the SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) Curriculum, Third Class will be taking part in the ‘Friends for Life’ programme this term.
‘Friends for Life’ is an internationally acclaimed programme for building confidence and reducing anxiety in young people. It teaches children that although some worrying is normal, it is important to acknowledge and challenge thoughts which may not be helpful or realistic.
Studies which have been carried out by the Department of Education, show that the programme has resulted in positive outcomes for children in terms of reduced levels of stress and anxiety, and an increased awareness around coping mechanisms for dealing with stressful situations. This type of education is thus paramount in preventing against depression in the future and contributing to resilience development.
Learning Support Teacher, Aisling McNamara has trained as a ‘Friends for Life’ facilitator and will deliver the programme to the children every Tuesday. Activities are recommended for engaging this programme at home and they will involve the children discussing different themes and practising new positive behaviours. In order for children to get the most out of these home activities, we encourage family members to get involved, where possible.
More information on the programme can be found at:
Thanking you for your continued support and cooperation.
Aisling & Mary