For the duration of the lockdown in January/February, The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe ensured that students’ wellbeing was a priority.
Knowing that the general public was struggling in their 3rd lockdown, the school decided to run some initiatives which they believed would benefit the whole school community.
Initiatives covered both the physical and emotional aspects of wellbeing. These included a ‘Strava Art’ PE initiative, a ‘Valentine’s Baking’ initiative and a photography initiative.
Here are just some of the routes taken by students as they created Strava art in their local areas:
See some of the delicious bakes here:
The whole school community was asked to get involved and each initiative was promoted through the school’s social media outlets and through the educational platform of Google Classroom.
The Wellbeing Team was completely overwhelmed by the level of response they received, highlighting how important it is to recognise non-academic achievements in school communities. The theme of ‘Hope in the Darkness’ was chosen for the photography competition, and it seemed to resonate with the students who submitted exceptional photos.
Check out some images from the photography project here:
Even though students are now back in school, the Royal and Prior are continuing to promote Wellbeing with staff and students partaking in the AWARE Paddy’s Day virtual event.
There are also some History and Geography initiatives ongoing helping to promote students’ creative and research skills.
The Royal and Prior would like to thank Brian McCormick Sports and Leisure for sponsoring some of the Strava Art prizes and to Gerard McCormick in Magee Pharmacy for sponsoring the Fuji Instax Cameras as prizes for the Photography competition. Lynn Wauchope, a local cake maker and decorator has very generously offered a masterclass to the winners of the Valentine’s baking competition. It is important for schools to work together with local businesses and entrepreneurs, especially in these challenging times.