Monday 22 July 2019

Double flag success for Holy Rosary as school celebrates

Former pupil and Special Olympian Aisling Beacom returns for special day

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

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.

Wicklow People