Schools Go Orange National Champaign – can you spot Fingal Community College?

Saaga (Student Council) painting Daniel’s face orange. 2nd Yrs taking part in the Selfie champaign.

On Friday the 17th of February, students and teachers from Fingal Community College turned their school orange for mental health awareness as part of Cycle Against Suicide’s #SchoolsGoOrange day.

Simultaneously hundreds of schools around the island of Ireland glowed orange to spread the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.” The aim of #SchoolsGoOrange was to drive mental health awareness and promote help-seeking behaviour in second level schools across all 32 counties.

In the run up to the day, 5th Yr Home Economics students prepared orange fruit snacks for the staff. The 1st Yr also helped by making orange fruit kebabs as a special treat for the breakfast club.

Fingal Community College hosted a Go-Orange Day, in which free orange face-painting was offered, and students and teachers were encouraged to wear orange. Orange ribbons and orange lollipops were sold to teachers and students. This raised money and helped to get everybody in school asking questions about the campaign and spreading the word. This couldn’t have been achievable without the help of the school’s Student Council. Members of the council volunteered to give up their morning and their lunch break to make sure the day was a major success.

As part of the build-up to the day, the #SchoolsGoOrange selfie campaign caused well-known Irish faces from Joe Duffy to Nadia Forde, and from Gerry Adams to Dustin The Turkey to ‘Go Orange’ on social media, helping to highlight the vital work being done in schools to raise awareness.

Participation in #SchoolsGoOrange part-fulfils the requirement for the prestigious award of Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School, which Fingal Community College is hoping to receive at the end of the school year.

“It was brilliant to be taking part in #SchoolsGoOrange day. It was great to have all the students involved in a movement, where we were the centre of discussing and promoting how our mental health and wellbeing, just like our physical health, needs to be cared for and nurtured.” –Moses, Fingal Community College’s Student Council Vice.

Written by Carmela 5th Yr Student Chairperson

5th Yrs Making Orange Fruit Snacks for the Staff