Fourth year students Cycle for mental health

By Mary Dennehy

ONLY two weeks in their new school building and the students of Kingswood Community College have already jumped on their bikes for a good cause.

On Tuesday, transition year students and staff took part in a Cycle against Suicide, peddling a distance of 276 kilometres.

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Kingswood Community College Fourth Year students

According to teacher Una Buggy: “Students cycled a distance of 276 kilometres in order to raise awareness about suicide in the hope of creating a world where mental health stigma is replaced by hope, understanding and accessible help.”

After three years in prefabs, Kingswood Community College moved into its new building earlier this month.

Students are now based in a spacious, specially-designed learning hub that boasts 30 mainstream classes and additional purpose-built rooms for subjects such as art, technology, wood work, home economics, technical graphics and music.

There are also six science labs, a special needs classroom, library and multi-use hall.

Some 525 students and 48 staff started in the new building, which has the capacity to grow to a 1,000 pupil school.

For anyone affected by issues raised in this article, help is available at Samaritans 116 123 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety); Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (suicide, self-harm); Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19) and Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s).

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