Emotional education at Oakgrove

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College pictured with teachers, student and parents at last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme (first term) at the Waterside school. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College pictured with teachers, student and parents at last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme (first term) at the Waterside school. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

Oakgrove Integrated College held a celebration event for their new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme.

Year 8 students and their parents marked the sterling work completed in term one and the launch of ‘Hopeful Minds’ for term two.

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College and Ms. Judith Colvin, MEE teacher, pictured with some of the parents during last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme on the newly-decorated stairwell at the school illustrating the MEE programme.

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College and Ms. Judith Colvin, MEE teacher, pictured with some of the parents during last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme on the newly-decorated stairwell at the school illustrating the MEE programme.

The event saw the children and their parents view a number of videos on MEE.

A question and answer session followed involving both students and parents.

There were also talks by the Principal, Mrs. Katrina Crilly, MEE teachers Ms. Aislinn Breslin and Mrs. Judith Colvin and two external facilitators, Janet Quigley and Lisa Dawson from Lotus Health and Wellbeing Centre.

The parents witnessed the success of the pilot project so far and were brought up to date on how term one helped their children build confidence through MEE.

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College at last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme with MEE teachers Ms. Aislinn Breslin and Ms. Judith Colvin.

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College at last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme with MEE teachers Ms. Aislinn Breslin and Ms. Judith Colvin.

Before leaving they were asked to write hopeful wishes on sunflower petals.

Principal, Mrs. Katrina Crilly said the celebration strengthened her feeling on the necessity for the programme.

She said: “I am so proud of all our year 8 pupils who were outstanding in demonstrating the learning they have attained so far in this subject. Today was such a lovely occasion and one that reassured me again that this is needed and worth doing.”

Aislinn Breslin, MEE teacher, said: “It has been truly inspirational to see how our Year 8 students have grown and immersed themselves in the new MEE subject. They have been fully engaged in this new subject and it is clear that they are starting to use the techniques and language that they have learnt by incorporating it into their everyday way of thinking.”

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College addressing the attendance at last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme.

Mrs. Katrina Crilly, Principal, Oakgrove Integrated College addressing the attendance at last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme.

Her colleague Judith Colvin commented: “The Year 8s put so much effort into their new subject and from the workshop today it is clear to see the progress they have made. It lets us see clearly that MEE is a worthwhile venture and it is worth taking time every week to address the topic of Mental Health.”

A section of the Year 8s who took part in last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme at Oakgrove College.

A section of the Year 8s who took part in last Friday�"s celebration of the new Mental and Emotional Education (MEE) programme at Oakgrove College.

Parents writing their wishes into the sunflower petals after Friday�"s event in Oakgrove College.

Parents writing their wishes into the sunflower petals after Friday�"s event in Oakgrove College.