Meitheal lead­ers to re­ceive certs

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

MEITHEAL lead­ers from all over County Wex­ford will be pre­sented with their cer­tifi­cate of achieve­ment at a cer­e­mony at County Hall, Car­rick­lawn, Wex­ford, next week.

Meitheal is a men­tor­ing and anti-bul­ly­ing pro­gramme which has been in County Wex­ford post-pri­mary schools for 19 years. The county’s Meitheal lead­ers in 2018 will be hon­oured at the cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 16.

Lead­ers are a friendly face for 1st Years and pro­vide in­valu­able sup­port dur­ing the dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion phase from pri­mary to sec­ondary school. How­ever it does not end there; lead­ers meet with their 1st Years on a reg­u­lar ba­sis through­out the aca­demic year and are a trusted source of prac­ti­cal help and ad­vice dur­ing that dif­fi­cult first year in sec­ondary school.

To pre­pare for their role lead­ers at­tend a two day res­i­den­tial train­ing pro­gramme dur­ing their sum­mer break where they at­tend work­shops cov­er­ing; com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and ac­tive lis­ten­ing, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, cul­tural aware­ness train­ing, pos­i­tive men­tal health and stress man­age­ment, dis­clo­sure (role of the Meitheal leader), team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ev­ery school has an in-school co­or­di­na­tor; a teacher who over­sees the day-to-day run­ning of the pro­gramme and of­fers ad­vice and sup­port to the Meitheal team.

Meitheal Co­or­di­na­tor Tina Kelly helps with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gramme in County Wex­ford.

Although tak­ing a pro-ac­tive stance re­gard­ing bul­ly­ing the Meitheal lead­ers face nu­mer­ous chal­lenges through­out the year. Of­ten stu­dents will con­fide in their leader with quite se­ri­ous is­sues, the lead­ers have re­ceived train­ing on what to do if such dis­clo­sures are made and in the past have acted promptly and with a ma­tu­rity be­yond their years.

The Meitheal Pro­gramme is op­er­ated by Wex­ford Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment as part of their ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme.

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