St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray

Yellow Flag Committee

Yellow Flag Committee:

The Yellow Flag committee is a diversity and well-being committee who meet each month.  The committee is composed of representatives from the staff and students in the school. It is estimated that 26% of the student population is made up of international students or students from diverse cultural backgrounds. The make-up of the committee aims to reflect the cultural diversity of the student body. It includes both international students and students from the dominant cultural group, so that they can learn from each other. At the moment we have 25 student representatives and 4 teachers on board. 

In all initiatives we ensure that young people take up leadership roles. The committee is interested fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity within our school. Responsibilities of the committee include creating an awareness of justice and peace issues amongst their peers, contributing to and supporting students' and teachers' well-being, celebrating diversity, promoting inclusion and challenging racism. 

Our hope for the future is that we will be accepted on to  ITM's official 'Yellow Flag Programme' and that the committee will guide the school through the process. ITM have accepted our application and are currently seeking funding within the local community to enable us to take part in their programme.  Beyond this, the committee will continue to celebrate inclusion, diversity and well-being within the school community. 

Cycle Against Suicide's 'Student Leaders Congress':

All of the Yellow Flag Committee's efforts this year are also contributing to our school obtaining the 'Cycle Against Suicide' Ambassador School Award. As part of the process 'Cycle Against Suicide' have offered us the opportunity to attend a 'Student Leaders Congress' at the 3 Arena on Tuesday April 9th. 'Student Leaders Congress' is a contact based mental health education day supported by a mini concert. Students will be educated on what mental health is, on addressing mental health stigma, offering hope to others and on building resilience. Topics discussed on the day will include: the mental health continuum, addictions on the developing brain, social anxiety and social media, stigma and resilience, and create the great in you. Students have been working on an ongoing project that they will present at the 'Student Leaders Congress'.