COLÁISTE BRÍDE in Enniscorthy was awash with colour last week as the students and staff embraced Stand Up Awareness Week with a full programme of activities.
Now in its 11th year the anti-LGBTI+ bullying week gives schools an opportunity to make a stand against homphobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
Coláiste Bríde Principal Kiera O’Sullivan, said the week was led by the school’s Stand Up committee.
“It was very much student-driven and they were effectively setting the agenda for it,” she said.
Throughout the week, different themes were applied to different days including awareness and friendship forming and each morning the school body was notified about that day’s theme.
“The students were doing different things throughout the week,” said Ms O’Sullivan.
The teachers also had a different lesson plan covering different, age-appropriate topics, throughout the week.
Materials were sent to the school including films from the Irish Film Institute covering a wide range of topics.
“The staff also got rainbow facemasks,” said Ms O’Sullivan. “We decided that as we’re wearing facemasks anyway we might as well wear rainbow masks.”
The students got to wear bright colours throughout to highlight the week and beautiful, colourful cupcakes were made.
“There was a very strong air of positivity about the week,” said Ms O’Sullivan.
Ms O’Sullivan expressed congratulations to everyone involved with organising the programme of activities during a very successful week.