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Health Promoting School Event

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The HPS event for parents was a great success. and very well attended. Parents and teachers learned so much from our excellent guest speakers. Thank you to all who came, but especially to our guest speakers who volunteered their time.


Eavanna Breen, founder and director of  Akina Beauty and Laser Clinic shared some of her extensive skin care knowledge, in particular how teenagers can establish a good skin care routine and she also gave advice on acne. Eavanna highly recommended Omega 3 as a supplement for healthy skin. Eavanna has a blog and is on Instagram @eavannabreen and is well worth following if you want to know more about skin care and acne for you or your daughter.


Anne O’Leary introduced us to Smovey rings and lots of people were keen to try them and use them.  Anne is planning to start classes in the Autumn and if anyone would like to get notification,  you can email her at



Our third speaker Colin Donnelly gave fantastic information and advice about how to recognise mental ill health in teenagers and how to talk to them about it.

Thank you again to all 3 speakers for giving us your time.  We hope to continue this initiative in the future in Manor House, please email if you are a parent of a Manor House student and would like to share your expertise or knowledge with other parents.


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Health Promoting School Event for Parents

Many parents who completed the HPS questionnaire last year suggested that they would like to be more involved in the school community and stated that they would like to find out more about various aspects of health.  In response to this the HPS team have organised a health promoting event for parents.  3 parents have very kindly volunteered their time and knowledge to share with parents.

Date: Wednesday 10th April
Time 10.00-11.30
Venue: Big kitchen, Manor House School (enter through reception and please sign in)
10.00- Eavanna Breen- Skin Care
10.30 – Anne O’Leary- Exercise and Smovey rings
11. 00 – Colin Donnelly- Mental health/ anxiety/ Depression
11.30 – Refreshments

You can read more about each speaker below.  We hope to see you there.

Colin Donnelly– Colin will be talking about depression, anxiety and mental health.
A brief introduction about myself- My name is Colin Donnelly I work as a Personal Trainer and am qualified in the field of Personal training/Gym & Fitness instruction/Nutrition.
I run my own business called U-fit specialising in the field of Physical Education for kids/teens/adults on the Autism Spectrum working in both private/public schools
across Dublin as well as private individual training and with Dublin City council helping to promote Health and wellbeing programs to the special needs community.
In my spare time I work as a volunteer for the organisation Aware who offer support to those suffering from Depression/Bipolar Disorder on their telephone support line.
I have suffered from this disorder myself all my life and actively encourage anything which can help increase the awareness of such.

Anne O’Leary is an anatomy & physiology tutor and she has skills in reflexology, bio-magnetic pair therapy and Smovey rings.
She will give a short introduction and demonstration of exercises using Smovey rings. This is very beneficial as it can be used by people of all ages and abilities. The rings can be used for general fitness and for improving balance and co-ordination.

Eavanna Breen – Eavanna is the founder and director of Akina Beauty and Laser Clinic and is a trusted and respected skin and laser expert with 26 years of hands on experience. She partners with her clients to help them think differently about how to approach their skin care. Working with clients to attain results that they previously hadn’t been able to achieve is her passion. She believes that great skin cannot be achieved with products alone but through a combined effort of lifestyle, diet, salon treatments and home care. The experience she has gained working with different skin types, skin conditions and numerous product ranges over the years is what sets her apart. She understands technology and keeps an eager eye on what is new to the beauty industry and how it will impact skin. Followed by celebrities such as Olivia Culpo, Eavanna has a deep understanding of her client’s needs and often combines different technologies to create unique results, making her the go to person in Dublin for your skin care


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