This Friday, May 5th, the students of CBS Roscommon will be raising a new, specially designed flag to celebrate the unique spirit of the school and to mark the start of a focus on positive mental health for students.
The new Edmund Rice Flag, which incorporates the crest of CBS Roscommon is also being raised across the country by the 95 schools who are also members of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST).
The flag was designed by a Cork-based first year student attending Edmund Rice College Carrigaline. The young artist, Elizabeth Butler, won a network wide art competition aimed at capturing what is important to students about their Edmund Rice Schools. Across the country, the crests of the other 94 schools within the network are represented on the common Edmund Rice flag.
May 5th is marked as Edmund Rice Day across the ERST network of secondary and primary schools. The day is celebrated by the network, including CBS Roscommon to focus on the core values of equality, diversity, student wellbeing and social justice.
This year, the focus of CBS Roscommon and the network is positive mental health within the student community. Over the coming year, students, working with their teachers, are being encouraged to initiate and develop activities and programmes to spread the word that mental health matters and that it is important that students who may be feeling worried or anxious can share their concerns within their school environments and look for support.
“We are constantly working to ensure that CBS Roscommon is a positive, welcoming, learning home for all of our students,” said Principal, Fiona Gallagher. Edmund Rice Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the inclusive spirit of our own school and the spirit of the network we belong to.”
“We know that life can be stressful at various times for young people. They can have concerns, worries, and difficulties that they have to cope with that can impact on their confidence, their ability to learn and on their mental and physical wellbeing. At Roscommon CBS, we strive to create a caring and safe environment for all students where they know that they can raise concerns or worries they may have and that they will be supported to thrive physically and mentally.”
The Edmund Rice Schools Trust is one of Ireland’s largest networks of schools, with 95 voluntary secondary and primary schools working to inspire and motivate over 37,000 students.