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Mental Health Awareness

Mind Your Mind

We in Moyne College recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and enabling young people to live fulfilling lives. We are aware that due to increasing daily pressures and difficult life events, mental health problems are on the increase particularly among young people. Therefore, in recent years as part of the school calendar, Moyne College has incorporated a valuable week-long initiative -‘Mind Your Mind’ focusing on promoting positive mental health and well-being. We aim to make young people aware of services and facilities should they, a member of their family, or a friend need to avail of them while ensuring that the stigma of mental illness becomes a thing of the past.
We wish to introduce alternative activities and experiences to address the issue of mental health and build strength and resilience for the future in a realistic and relevant manner appropriate to the age group. Students learn what mental health means, the importance of expressing oneself, identifying a support network and talking to someone.
Each year guest speakers are invited to speak to students and staff about their own personal experiences and how they deal with them. Mind Your Mind runs for a week before Christmas holidays – a wind down after all the hard work and Christmas tests. During this week students experience a range of different activities which promote positive mental health. Students are given the opportunity to take part in activities that aim at building resilience, equipping them with coping strategies and of course having fun. Activities vary from year to year and include; performing arts, kickboxing, relaxation, cookery, sport, karaoke, zumba, walking, art and crafts, art therapy, quizzes and much more.
This annual event would not be possible without loyal sponsorship from Mayo North East Leader Partnership and other various local businesses. We are also grateful to Mayo Mental Health for their support and time.




Monday 20th January 2014


Moyne College received a boost today after food company Kellogg’s awarded funding worth €450.00 to help support the school’s breakfast club.

Moyne College is one of 100 schools from across Ireland that will receive a grant after research* revealed that more children than ever are going to school hungry.

83% of teachers surveyed, believe that hunger causes a decrease in concentration among pupils, 76% believe it causes a decrease in performance levels and 75% believe that it causes an increase in tiredness and lethargy. A further 54% said that hunger increases poor behaviour in the classroom. 

“That’s why breakfast clubs are a lifeline for so many children. As well as offering vital nourishment, they provide them with an opportunity to learn interaction and socialisation skills in a way that they might never do at home.”

Kellogg’s has been supporting breakfast clubs for more than a decade and has set up over 1,000 in the UK and Ireland in that time. It will be supporting up to 100 breakfast clubs in Ireland this academic year alone.



For further information, please contact Moyne College at 09621472


Existing Kellogg’s breakfast clubs will receive €250 grant and €200 cereal vouchers

New Kellogg’s breakfast clubs will receive a €400 grant and €50.00 cereal vouchers

Notes to editors
* This survey was carried out online among primary (55%) and secondary school (45%) teachers / members of Empathy Research’s IdeasPanel. The survey was live from 27th September – 7th October 2012. There were a total of 553 participants in the survey.


Junior Cycle Field Trip to Marble Arch Caves Co. Fermanagh

A group of 2nd and 3rd year Geography students travelled to the Marble Arch Caves Co. Fermanagh on Thursday 3rd April 2014. Students got real-life hands-on experience with different sections of the Junior Cert Geography course they are currently studying including weathering, glaciation and mapwork. The trip took them on a Limestone Trail along the lower slopes of the Cuilcagh Mountains (the source of the Shannon river). Students got to see features formed by chemical weathering of limestone (including a limestone pavement, a collapsed doline, a subsidence doline, and a sink hole); glacial erratics (huge boulders transported by glaciers during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago) and to study a peat landscape. The second part of the trip involved a tour of the Marble Arch Caves where students went into underground caves and got to see stalagmites and stalactites and how underground limestone features are formed. Students loved getting to experience geography in a real landscape in the great outdoors. Without a doubt, this beautiful landscape and all we got to see made it a trip to remember.

Remains of an old cottage along the Limestone Trail

Students looking down at a sink hole along the Limestone Trail

The stream flowing underground through a limestone sink hole into a cave beneath

Underground in the caves


Tommy Markham Cup Visits Moyne College

Enda Gilvarry, Cora Conlon and Darragh DevaneyEnda Gilvarry Cup & Students

Moyne College was treated to a very special guest last week when the Tommy Markham Cup was brought in by the All-Ireland Minor Football Team Manager Enda Gilvarry. Students of Moyne College got to chat the All-Ireland Winning manager about the jubilant scenes witnessed last September in Croke Park when the Mayo Minor Football Team won the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Title. Moyne College students also got a chance to have their picture taken with the Cup. This was all part of the recently held Science & Technology Day where all the local National Schools came to Moyne College to experience all that Science & Technology has to offer. The 6th Class National School pupils also got the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Tommy Markham Cup. This was a fantastic experience for all the students involved. We would like to thank Mayo Minor Manager Enda Gilvarry for taking the time to come in to share his experiences with the students.