Thursday, June 27, 2019

Dr Mark Rowe with pupils at St Paul’s National School. Also included is Principal Suzanne Griffin.

A PAST Pupil of St. Paul’s National School in Lisduggan has funded a new Buddy Bench as part of the school’s Anti-Bullying Programme.

Dr Mark Rowe has supported the positive, proactive mental health initiative, and recently attended his old school for the launch of the programme.

The buddy benches are in the play areas of the school and are used as a visual tool to help children develop friendship and coping skills necessary for a healthy school life. It is a win-win arrangement; those who are having a tough or lonely day are given the skills to ask for help and friendship while children who are happily playing are taught empathy and encouraged to reach out to others. The motto behind the project is “look up, look around and look out for each other”.

During the visit of Dr Rowe, who is an author as well as a medical doctor based at Waterford Health Park, he was warmly welcomed back and treated to a rendition of “A Million Dreams” by the whole school. Dr Rowe spoke of his school memories and impressed on the boys the importance of holding onto their dreams. He ended with a recitation of “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by WB Yeats.

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