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'PATHS' award for Holy Rosary Primary School, Belfast

Holy Rosary Primary School, Belfast has received a PATHS ‘Model School’ Award from Barnardos at a special event in Belfast City Hall. The school is one of only three schools in Northern Ireland and the only Catholic Maintained School in Northern Ireland to obtain the award.

PATHS (Positive Alternative Thinking Strategies) empowers all children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which will enable them to make positive choices throughout life. The programme makes up the majority of the content of Personal Development for Mutual Understanding (PDMU) that is delivered throughout the school. It is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills.

Alongside delivery of classroom lessons, the programme also includes the Friendship Group and PATHS Playground Pals. Classroom Assistants Ms Rothwell and Miss Mullholland facilitate Friendship Group every Tuesday with three Friendship Ambassadors. A total of sixty children have been trained as a Playground Pals. All children from P1 - P7 are engaging positively in the programme.

Mr McAllister (Principal), Miss Campbell (PDMU and PATHS Leader), Ms Rothwell and Miss Mulholland (Classroom Assistants) along with two of the children represented the school as the awards ceremony.

School Principal, Paddy McAllister, commented, “Everyone in Holy Rosary is very proud of our achievement which recognises the great work being carried out throughout the school. PATHS is making a significant positive impact on our children and on behalf of the school community I would like to thank everyone involved especially Miss Campbell, our PDMU and PATHS leader and Ms Rothwell and Miss Mulholland, our friendship Group Leaders and Barnardos who have given so much support to the programme in Holy Rosary over the past few years.”

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