An article written on behalf of the MMC Student Council
By Edel Burton, Head Girl, November 2014
Mount Mercy Students release the balloons, Thursday 20th November, 2014
The balloon releases organised by the Student Council, Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and accompanying teachers for the fifth and sixth year students of Mount Mercy College epitomised Twain’s belief –
” Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”
This event was held in conjunction with the school’s efforts to achieve the Amber Flag towards promoting positive mental health. The idea was to enable senior students to write down a worry or fear on a piece of coloured paper and witness it floating into the sky attached to a balloon.
The sixth year students gathered at 1.35 pm on Thursday 20th November at the school hockey pitch and listened to a speech on worries and fears given by the Head Girl. Watching prefects and sub – prefects release the coloured balloons glistening and rising, symbolically lifted our strains. As we sang “Band Aid 30” and stood in a circle holding hands, we were unified as a year group and this provided us with much needed empowerment.
Furthermore, the fifth years also enjoyed their uplifting experience which took place at 2.55pm on the same day, beginning with a speech on the purpose of the events and the theme of woes and stresses given by Chairperson of the Student Council, Gráinne Sexton. As the balloons were released, the group sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.
Therefore, steps towards positive mental health can be as simple as a packet of balloons, some shiny string, friends and a Christmas song. As life is a balloon if you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise!
* With special thanks to Ms Van Wallaghem, Ms Horan, Ms Loftus, senior members of the Student Council and all students who made this event happen including those who blew up balloons, took photographs, released balloons and participated in general organisation. Thank you.*