Emotions at the End of the School Year

The end of the school year can bring mixed emotions for many pupils. These feelings are expressed in a positive and affirming Story Massage written by pupils and staff at our latest Story Massage Centre of Excellence – The Early Focus Project and St James Primary School, Dublin 8. We hope you will find it helpful.

Benefits of Story Massage

Story Massage has become part of regular activities at the Early Focus Project and St James Primary School following an in-house training day. “The children respond very well to Story Massage,” says Heidi Mahon, Class Teacher (above left), “They find it very relaxing and calming. We use it every day to help them settle for more quiet and concentrated work. It also teaches the children about kind hands – they ask each other if they want a massage when they are playing in the yard.”

The Early Focus and St James Primary School recently won first place as the top Primary School in Ireland for promoting and supporting Mental Health in the Mission Possible: School Achievement Awards. “Story Massage is among the therapies that we provide to help develop a holistic approach to promoting positive mental health to pupils, teachers and parents,” says Una Curran (above, middle in back row) from the Early Focus Project,  “We use it in many ways as it is so helpful for relaxation and also for expressing and exploring difficult feelings such as those at the end of the school year. It helps children to feel safe and secure within themselves.”

The beautiful massage story below shows the caring and supportive nature of the whole team at the Early Focus Project and St James Primary School as they help children make the transition to a new class or school.

End of School Year Story Massage

We are all part of the family of St. James School. (Circle)

We enjoy growing and learning together with our friends and our class. (Fan)

Soon we will come to the end of the school year and change to a new class/school. (Wave)

When we walk into a new class/school we might feel worried, nervous or a mix of emotions. (Walk)

But changes can bring us lots of new adventures with our friends in school. (Bounce)

We have to remember how our caterpillars grow and change and go into their chrysalis. (Fan)

But they change and emerge into beautiful butterflies and fly in our garden. (Sprinkle)

We will all grow and change together with our friends (Circle)

as we look forward to new, exciting experiences…. (Calm)

Two pupils demonstrate the End of School Year Story Massage.

More about Story Massage

Story Massage combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity and engagement of storytelling. Ten simple massage strokes form the basis of the Story Massage programme. These strokes have a child friendly name, such as The Circle or The Sprinkle, and an easy to recognise symbol making it accessible for all. It is a fully inclusive activity, no clothing is removed and no oil is used.

Would you like to train in Story Massage?

Are you inspired by the way that staff at the Early Focus Project and St James Primary School are using Story Massage to promote positive mental health?  Would you like to train to use Story Massage in your work or home? We run one day accredited training courses that is held around the country for individuals and groups. These days can also be organised as in-house training sessions. We teach you how to share the ten Story Massage strokes and work with you to adapt familiar stories and even create some sensory stories of your own. Ideal for teachers, SEN staff, support staff, therapists, Early Years practitioners,  those working with people with additional needs, Baby Massage Instructors, Relax Kids Coaches… everyone with an interest in sharing positive touch activities with children. All the information is here: Story Massage Training

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