CCM School News 10-11-23

CCM School News 10-11-23

Stand Up Week

Our school was beautifully decorated this week for Stand-Up Week 2023 and this year's theme is 'You belong here'. This nationwide week-long event is aimed at encouraging post-primary schools to take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying among young people. Throughout the week we had lots of events planned, including CSPE lessons on anti-bullying and SPHE lessons on allyship. Students were invited to participate in an art competition, creating a work of art for Stand Up Week in any media (drawing, painting, digital art etc.). The library had a beautiful display of books featuring LGBTQ+ authors and themes.

On Monday, students were invited to take part in a quiz at lunchtime. The questions ranged from tv and film to guess the celebrity and general knowledge. Lots of competition ensued with last year's winners taking the title once again. Congratulations to Jill Corrigan, Caitlin O'Connor, Liam Phelan and Sophia Doyle.

On Wednesday, our school's Diversity and Inclusion ambassadors went on a trip as part of Stand-Up Week. This group meets every Tuesday and ranges from First Year right up to Sixth Year. To celebrate all of their hard work throughout the year and especially for Stand-Up Week, we walked to Diamond Bowl in town for a chance to bond. Lots of chatting and making new friends happened on our brisk walk from the school to the bowling alley. Once we arrived, the friendships formed were tested in some really competitive bowling. A great day was had by all.

In Thursday’s Art Club, students participated in an 'Express Yourself' activity in honour of Stand-Up Week. The students collaborated to create a vibrant 3D lettering installation featuring words that represent either themselves or the LGBTQIA+ community. They drew inspiration from Pop Art and the bright colours famously used by Andy Warhol.

Friday was the final day of Stand Up Week and culminated in a Karaoke Lunch for members of our Inclusion and Diversity group. Christmas tunes were blasted and a raffle took place for the coveted prizes of chocolate selection boxes, stickers and flags.

This week has been such a huge success, and we want to say such a big thank you to all of the students for getting involved, not only this week but for their constant dedication to Inclusion and Diversity throughout the whole year. We hope that new friendships have been formed this week and that everyone feels safe and supported in our school.

Please don't forget the central message of this year's Stand-Up Week - You Belong Here!🏳️‍🌈

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