Wellbeing includes social, emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual and environmental aspects. Learning in Wellbeing focuses on the students’ journey across all aspects of wellbeing. Six indicators describe what is important for young people’s wellbeing.

  • Active
  • Responsible
  • Connected
  • Resilient
  • Respected
  • Aware

These indicators are not seen as goals or targets to be reached. The journey towards wellbeing is never complete.


Wellbeing Subjects

Civic Social & Political Education aims to inform, inspire, empower and enable young people to participate as active citizens in contemporary society at local, national and global levels, based on an understanding of human rights and social responsibilities. Students engage in an Action Project to build a Basic Needs Basket for a homeless person. This involves researching the difference between needs and wants, identifying basic needs and becoming active, empathetic and aware citizens.

Social, Personal & Health Education aims to develop students’ positive sense of themselves and their physical, social, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing. It also aims to build the capacity of young people to develop and maintain healthy relationships.

Physical Education aims to develop students as knowledgeable, skilful and creative participants who are confident and competent to perform in a range of activities safely. The course aims to build students’ appreciation of the importance of health-enhancing and inclusive physical activity and a commitment to it now, and in the future.

Let's C! is central to our school's learning culture. Students are given the opportunity to engage with their big questions and passions, a variety of different topics and subject areas in a fun, creative and experiential manner. This is an inter-age, inter-class, inter-year learning environment that promotes student voice, flexibility in learning and overall wellbeing.

Check & Connect is a short class each morning which allows students, in inter-year groups, to meet together and with their tutor. The focus here is on ensuring that students are set up correctly for the day and in community with one another. These Check & Connect groups meet in circles and begin with students being asked their energy rating and a relationship building question. Each Friday, this Check & Connect time is done as a whole school assembly.

Students will also be given many opportunities to engage in workshops, PBL, and educational school trips, all of which has wellbeing at its core.


Counselling Support

The wellbeing of each student is important. It is common that many young people encounter challenging times in their secondary school years. The role of the counsellor in the school is to support students' psychological and emotional development, resilience, and wellbeing.

At Firhouse ETSS, our School Counsellor, Eoin, offers a quiet space for students to express, explore, and resolve the challenges they are experiencing. The support involves:

  • One-to-one sessions to support the student to talk and explore their feelings, overcoming their distress and difficulties
  • Parental guidance to help parents/guardians support their child during this time.

Starting in a new school, friendships breaking down, bullying, lack of confidence, feeling ‘off’ but not able to explain or understand why? These are some of the issues which may lead a student to benefit from the support of a counsellor.

Confidentiality is important and allows the student to express their feelings without it being shared. However, information is shared if the student requests, or if the counsellor deems the safety of the student or others is at risk.

Useful supports for students and parents/guardians:







31 2024
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