Dou­ble flag success for Holy Rosary as school cel­e­brates

FOR­MER PUPIL AND SPE­CIAL OLYMPIAN AIS­LING BEACOM RE­TURNS FOR SPE­CIAL DAY

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

SPE­CIAL Olympian Ais­ling Beacom was in­vited to of­fi­cially raise the Ac­tive Flag awarded to the her for­mer school, the Holy Rosary School in Wick­low town.

Holy Rosary also be­came the first school in the coun­try to raise the Dare to Be­lieve Flag. This pro­gramme was de­vel­oped by for­mer Wick­low Olympian Roisin McGet­ti­gan, an­other for­mer Holy Rosary pupil.

The Ac­tive School Com­mit­tee is made up of pupils from third to sixth class who played a very im­por­tant role in the Ac­tive School Flag process. Ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out this year in­cluded dances in the yard, marathon run­ning and an Ac­tive Schools Week.

Teacher Catherine O’Hara was quick to praise their efforts.

‘The Ac­tive School Com­mit­tee met reg­u­larly and helped plan ac­tiv­i­ties in the school. They also spoke to their classes and younger classes in Beth­le­hem about the Ac­tive School Flag process and ran events like the Easter ‘eg­ger­cise’ ori­en­teer­ing and Santa dash in the school. The Ac­tive School Com­mit­tee were awarded medals for all their hard work in achiev­ing the flag. The Ac­tive School Flag is a great achieve­ment for the whole school and can be seen proudly fly­ing on the flag pole out­side the school,’ said Ms O’Hara.

Dare to Be­lieve is the Ir­ish Olympic school pro­gramme based on the Olympic and Par­a­lympic val­ues with the mis­sion of bring­ing the Olympics to the class­room and inspiring the next gen­er­a­tion. The pro­gramme is funded by The Olympic Fed­er­a­tion of Ire­land and was de­vel­oped lo­cal Olympic ath­lete Roisin McGet­ti­gan.

Ms O’Hara and her sixth class pupils were in­stru­men­tal in the Olympic val­ues pro­gramme’s devel­op­ment. The class tested the pro­gramme ma­te­ri­als and gave feed­back through­out the ini­tia­tive’s first year. The class was also vis­ited by Olympian Shane O’Don­aghue, the Ir­ish hockey team captain, who gave an inspiring talk as part of the pro­gramme.

Roisin Jones, Dare to Be­lieve pro­gramme man­ager, was present to award the first Ir­ish Olympic school flag to the school. Small prizes were also pre­sented to the pupils for tak­ing part and com­plet­ing their chal­lenges that in­cluded Olympic de­signs, song writ­ing, physical ac­tiv­i­ties and much more.

Pupils, teach­ers and Ais­ling Beacom (cen­tre in green) with their Ac­tive Flag and Dare to be­lieve Flag.

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