Social Skills are very important in the modern world. In St Killian’s we recognise the importance and value of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) which is proven to have as much impact in the adult world as IQ.
What Is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include 3 skills:
1. Emotional awareness, including the ability to identify your own emotions and those of others.
2. The ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problems solving.
3. The ability to manage emotions, including the ability to regulate your own emotions, and the ability to cheer up or calm down another person.
St Killian’s prides itself on delivering programmes at class, group and individual level to support development of EQ.
All classes participate in a range of social activities based on strengthening EQ. Pupils in all classes have daily opportunities to work with peers in a structured way through playing games in the classroom and outside in the yard. They visit local amenities such as the shops, the library, the cafe and attend mass in order to develop important social skills in a range of locations. Older pupils also learn to use public transport to travel to other parts of the city for educational experiences.
We also work on strengthening partnership with community, this year classes participated for the first time in the local Bishopstown Spring Clean, which we hope will become an annual event. We have visitors to assemblies to talk about roles in the wider community, such as representatives of the Samaritians, Penny Dinners, Team Hope shoebox appeal, etc.