Thursday, November 10, 2022

The new sensory room at St Brigid’s NS in Clonegal

Principal of St Brigid’s NS Mary Gallagher presents pupils Alexandra Balfe and Toby Murphy with their prizes for naming the school’s new sensory room ‘The Rainbow Room’

 By Suzanne Pender

YESTERDAY’S clouds have burst into colour to create a wonderful ‘rainbow’ especially for pupils from Brigid’s NS, Clonegal.

The school has just opened its new state-of-the-art multi-sensory room, which has been aptly named The Rainbow Room. A bright, colourful, inviting and relaxing space, it is a fantastic addition to the school that’s created huge excitement.

The impact of Covid-19 has meant a difficult and challenging few years for pupils; therefore, this room is seen as a great benefit to every child in the school.

A sensory room has a variety of therapeutic spaces, specifically designed to utilise and to promote self-organisation and positive change. This fun space is used by every class in the school. Some students use it for yoga, relaxation, story time, occupational therapy, play and reward time, to name but a few uses.

In the room there is indoor grass, gel tiles, a crocodile activity board, a bubble tube, projectors and a bubble wall as well as some seating areas.

From start to finish, this sensory room was a whole school effort for St Brigid’s NS, Clonegal. Through sourcing the grants, consulting the staff, the students and the professional team at totalsensory.ie, a design that would suit the needs of the students was created.

To celebrate this new addition, the school ran a competition to find a name for the room. After a lot of thinking, each pupil submitted one entry, with the winner receiving a €20 Ken Blacks voucher. Quick-thinking students Alexandra Balfe and Toby Murphy emerged as winners of the competition and the new space was duly christened The Rainbow Room.

The boys and girls in St Brigid’s NS, Clonegal are sure to experience many happy times using this ultra-modern facility.

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