As part of the Amber Flag initiative we created a "Mindful Space" that includes a "Wellness Wall and Eco Garden", an "Enchanted Fairy Tree" and a "Worry Well" where the children can come wish their worries away into the well and the fairies will take them away. This area has proved to be a huge hit as the children can come here to relax and have mindful time when they need a break from the classroom.
The concept for this Mindful Space came from the 2nd class children, who were asked to come up with some ideas for the area.
Here are some of the fantastic entries that we used to come up with the concept for our Mindful Space.
We picked a drab area outside that was in need of a face lift to create our new relaxing space. We used some of the beautiful drawings that the 2nd classes did to come up with the theme of positive messages and a garden area that will have insect friendly flowers
Over the midterm break Pshemeck, our caretaker, started by painted it white. Already it was a huge improvement.
Mrs Heffernan then took some of the flower designs from the second class entries and created a mural, that she then painted on the wall. Check out the photos below to see the wall transform into a beautiful garden mural.
Our fantastic Student Council planted Spring flowering bulbs in Autumn into our new garden area. They planted daffodils, crocuses and tulips. It was such a delight to see them pop up over lock down and when the children eventually returned in March, they were in full bloom and added a lovely bit of colour to the garden.
Wildflower seed bombs were also planted by the Junior Infants and the Student Council, where we hope they will grow and attract some bees and butterflies during the summer months.