Example of Wellbeing Journey for 1st Year Students

Pillars Junior Cycle Wellbeing

All subjects in BGS look to foster the Wellbeing of students to help develop young people who are: connected, aware, resilient, responsible, respected, and active.

The subjects below particularly focus on these indicators of Wellbeing.


SPHE, as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.


Guidance is concerned with supporting students’ learning in three separated but interlinked areas of personal and social development, educational guidance and career guidance.


Wellbeing in junior cycle is about young people feeling confident, happy, healthy and connected. This short course in PE contributes to the Wellbeing programme by providing learning experiences which support students in being better able and more motivated to include regular physical activity in their lives, thereby contributing to their overall experience of wellbeing.


Our Philosophy course aims to promote students’ skills of critical thinking, analysis and communication and to help them develop their own philosophical ideas, informed by study of leading philosophers.
It is based on the NCCA curriculum and we set out to build students’ understanding in ways that are interesting and achievable for all.

What do these ‘Pillar Subjects’ of Wellbeing cover?


Subject Form I Form II Form III
Guidance I Guidance_ Well-Being Journey

(Weekly classes)

II Guidance_Well-Being Journey
(Monthly Classes)
III Individual Guidance on a referral basis
PE Form 1 – The benefits of physical activity are emphasised through a variety of different strands such as dance, soccer, spike ball, badminton and athletics. Students are taught to appreciate the different forms of physical activity and understand that physical activity plays a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing. Form 2 – Students experience gymnastics, basketball, team building, rounders and tennis. Students collaborate with others in the completion of tasks. Key skills such as teamwork and communication are emphasised throughout the year. Form 3 – Students complete strands such Invasion games, health related fitness, athletics and GAA. Autonomy is a key focus in third year. Students gain the awareness, knowledge, skills, values and motivation to live a physically active lifestyle.
Philosophy Form1- Our programme here is focused on beginning to see what philosophy means, how we can “do philosophy” e.g. through thought and discussion, and learning about some of the most influential philosophers.

This involves the two Strands of foundations of philosophy and social and political philosophy.

Form 2- Students will continue to develop their skills of thought, analysis and communication and concentrate on the Strands of the philosophy of sport and moral philosophy.

Term 2 includes working individually and in groups on a preparatory CBA

Form 3- Students continue to develop their skills, focus on the Strand of philosophy of education and work on completing a CBA on a topic of particular interest