St David's C.B.S. Artane

Student Support

School Chaplain

The school offers a multitude of services through the chaplain. The chaplain is responsible for ensuring the Catholic ethos of the school is apparent through various liturgical seasonal displays, the organisation of Masses for the students, prayer services, Edmund Rice education and spiritual guidance where necessary.

The chaplain also offers one to one student support – predominantly for grief counselling but also looking at the general wellbeing of students. The chaplain is a faith presence in the school promoting the caring, kind and considerate values of the Christian religion that is inclusive and tolerant of all beliefs and cultures. Moreover, the chaplain’s pastoral role in the school is to help guide and support all of its students.

Finally, the chaplain is also part of the Positive Behaviour Strategy Team which encourages students to behave in a positive and reflective way.

Home School Liaison

The HSL supports parents in the education of their children. The HSL offers a systematic approach to establishing good rapport with parents through home visitation and encouraging parents to become involved in the whole school community.

The work of the HSL is both a symbolic and real expression of interest in families and the vital importance of parental involvement in their son’s education. The HSL plays a significant role in the provision of care for our students and supporting a strong partnership between the school and home in providing the best education for their son.

Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator

The principal aim of the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator is to optimise the teaching and learning process in order to enable pupils with learning difficulties to achieve adequate levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy. With this the SEN Co-ordinator ensures that the needs of the students are communicated effectively to parents and their sons aswell as their teachers to optimize the teaching and learning process.

Guidance Counsellor

The GC co-ordinates and participates in the school Guidance and Counselling service which endeavours to assist students to develop self-management skills which lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encomapasses three seperate but interlinked areas, Personal and Social Development, Educational Guidance and Career Guidance. Counselling is a key part of the school guidance programme offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis.

The GC works closely with the Principal, Deputy Principal, HSL, BFL, Chaplain, SEN Co-ordinator, Year Heads and Subject Teachers to ensure a comprehensive service is provided to all students. Communication with parents and outside agencies is an integral part of the role.

Meditation

Meditation classes were introduced to St David’s in 2012. Mindfulness classes were introduced in 2014. In the modern world young people are constantly bombarded with information and stimulation. Students are unable to live in the present and levels of insomnia have risen greatly. Meditation gives students the tools to help them relax and cope with difficult situations. Students learn to ‘be still’, which is increasingly difficult with present day distractions (e.g. social media, mobile devices etc.).

Meditation is a way of bypassing the chatter of the mind to go to the deeper levels, to connect with the inner wisdom. It is the nature of the mind to think; you will never turn the mind off completely. Regular meditation practice will help you to quiet your mind.

When you meditate, you stop thought. When you stop thought, you release resistance. When you release resistance you are in the mode of allowing. When you are in the mode of allowing, you are in vibrational alignment.

The benefits of meditation are cumulative. The more often you meditate and the longer you continue to meditate, the better it gets. You will find yourself being more peaceful during the day when you are just going about your ordinary business. If a difficult situation or crisis comes up, you will handle it in a calmer way.

The benefits of meditation are tenfold. Listed below are some of the many advantages:

HEALTH

Regular meditation practice increases immune function, decreases pain and decreases inflammation at a cellular level.

HAPPINESS

Meditation increases positive emotion, decreases depression, decreases anxiety and stress. It increases your sense of connection to others, your emotional intelligence and it makes you more compassionate. It makes you feel less lonely, boosts your self-control and improves your ability to regulate your emotions.

CHANGES YOUR BRAIN FOR THE BETTER!

Meditation increases grey matter and volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions and self-control. It increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention, increases your focus and attention and improves your ability to multitask. It improves your memory and ability to be creative and think outside the box.

Meditation is one of the best gifts you can give your body!

Students from first to sixth year attend regular meditation classes in the school. If any student is interested in participating, please speak with Ms Bennett our Mindfulness/Meditation Teacher

Life Coaching

Ms Bennett is a trained and licenced ‘ Heal Your Life’ teacher, workshop leader and life coach (based on the transformational and life-changing philosophy of Louise Hay). During one to one coaching sessions with students, she helps them to learn strategies to cope with everyday stressful situations, using a range of techniques such as meditation, visualisation and affirmations increase their self-esteem and learn emotional resilience, develop coping skills to effect positive change in their lives

A life coach helps people clarify goals, develop the behaviours and attitudes to achieve those goals and focus energy in the direction of achievement. The simple fact of having a focused coaching time each week is a great motivator and support for students. As a coach, Ms Bennett is a facilitator and helps the students to gain balance in body, mind and emotion.“It’s only a thought, and a thought can be changed.

  • I am not limited by any past thinking.
  • I choose my thoughts with care.
  • I am willing to change and grow. ~ Louise Hay

Heal Your Life Further Information (word)

Dec 08
2021
School Closed
Dec 23
2021
Christmas Holidays
Jan 20
2022
TY trip to the Laughter Lounge
Feb 15
2022
JCT Teacher Cluster Day
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