On Wednesday we had the raising of the Rainbow flag with members of the student council and 5th year. Mr. Halford, Ms. Ryan and Mr. McDonnell were also present showing their support. There was also the erecting of the Safe Zone sign outside of the schools guidance counsellors office. This sign represents that this is a safe space for students to come and talk about any issue that may be troubling them, not just issues of an LGBT nature. It signifies that Ms. O Sullivan is an ally of the students as are all the teachers.
Thursday saw a past pupil of the school and Voice of Ireland contestant Colm Conlon come in and speak to our Transition Year and 5th Year Students. Colm shared his experiences with the groups of being a gay student in school and coming to term with these feelings and understanding these. He spoke so wonderfully to the students and was brilliant at telling them it is ok to feel the way they feel and not to worry about the judgement of other people in society for being a member of the LGBT community.
On the last day of the week saw a grand finale to the week. We started off with a Non – Uniform day with a focus on Bright Colours, there was also some face painting for those willing to brighten up their faces in the morning. The student council on Friday also performed workshops with all of the 1st year students in relation to LGBT which was hugely positive and successful. At lunch there was a concert for the students in the GP. Here some of the wonderfully talented students of St. Marys performed. This was a huge success and there was also some goodies handed out the students during lunch as a thank you from the student council for everyone’s participation in the week. A big well done must go to the student council and St. Marys for a well organised and executed week and one which will hopefully show that St. Marys Edenderry is pro LGBT.