Shimna Integrated College is celebrating its inaugural Activities Week; a week-long event that showcases the wealth of talent within the school through exciting and unique extra-curricular activities. Activities Week is designed to enrich studentlearning and celebrate the final week of summer term.
“Today has been good,” says Zara Graham, year 9. “My favourite thing was basketball. I loved the teamwork.”
“The walk up Slieve Donard was the best thing today,” says Cillian Keown year 11
A study published yesterday by the University of Australia and the Department for Education suggests that participation in extra- curricular activities leads to an increase in children’s happiness and well-being. The study analysed data from more than 60 thousand students.
“This is why an activities week in school is of paramount importance to promote positive mental health within our students,” says Steve Pagan, Principal of ShimnaIntegrated College.
“Children have been hit particularly hard as a result of the pandemic and they need to participate in outdoor pursuits, learn new skills and, most importantly, to participate in wholesome and enjoyable activities with their peers.”
Activities Week includes a mix of active pursuits such as sponsored walks, circus skills, sports tournaments and dancing as well as more cerebral activities such as Minecraft, singing, fine art and rocket making. It is also an opportunity for off-site endeavours. For example, Shimna’s Sixth Form students are in Donegal workingtowards their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.
Activities Week runs from Thursday 23rd- Wednesday 29th June 2022.
For more information, please contact Stacey Wilkinson, Communications Co-ordinator at Shimna Integrated College: firstname.lastname@example.org