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Latest News from Our Lady's Castleblayney

Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan have kindly shared the following news with CEIST. 

Presentation of Amber Flag to Our Lady’s

A group of 5th Year students, accompanied by their teacher, Ms Grace Duffy travelled to DCU on Tuesday 5th May to receive the Amber Flag on behalf of Our Lady’s. Being awarded the flag recognises the school’s initiatives in promoting positive mental health by pro-actively putting in place activities and events that encourage students and staff to 'Talk, Connect and Share'.

The awarding of the flag was the culmination of a lot of hard work by the dynamic Amber Flag committee in the school. Under the stewardship of Ms Duffy, this committee has organised a ‘Positive Mental Health Week’ with events such as a colour run, fancy dress for teachers, thoughts for the day, and they even organised a very lively cuddly bear who gave out hugs to staff and students at break and lunchtime.! Other activities have included participation in the 5km fun run in the Phoenix Park for the launch of the Cycle for Suicide and more recently a large group of students took part in the Darkness into Light Run in Monaghan.

The committee of Joshua Kelly, Ciara Kelly, Romans Serskis, Anne Gattagne, Ross Byrne, Amy Brohan, Noelle Duffy & Tate Donnelly, Torchia McQuaid, Elana McKenna, Ciara Laverty, Megan Cunningham & David Duffy are to be commended for all their hard work and they were delighted to accept the flag on behalf of the school from Mr Alan Quinlan former Munster Rugby Player. The message being promoted as always is ‘It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’

Pictured in Our Lady’s are the hardworking Amber Flag committee who received the flag from Mr Alan Quinlan in DCU last week. The Amber flag recognises the school’s initiatives promoting positive mental health by pro-actively putting in place activities and events that encourage students and staff to 'Talk, Connect and Share'.

Our Lady’s choir hit the high notes in All Ireland Music Competition

Our Lady's Choir were winners once again on the stage of the National Concert Hall Dublin on Monday 10th May when they took 3rd prize in the prestigious All Ireland Waltons' Music for Schools Competition.

This competition is a national competition and celebration of Music in Irish schools and the choir was one of six finalists, making it the fourth consecutive time for Music teacher and conductor Cara Murray and her students to reach the finals and once again bring home a prize. Their five minute medley was entitled ‘Musical Enlightenment’.

The 45 strong choir consisting of First, Second, Transition Year and Fifth Year students, together with the accomplished school musicians, played to a capacity audience in the National Concert Hall and treated the audience to some beautiful melodies. Liz Nolan of Lyric FM was MC and adjudicators, David Brophy, one of Ireland's leading conductors, and Ellen Cranitch, performer, composer and broadcaster, were extremely impressed with what David Brophy called a ‘spectacular event’.

Congratulations to all concerned on another spectacular performance.

Pictured in The National Concert Hall Dublin at the Waltons Music for Schools Competition is Pierce Callaghan & Ms Cara Murray. Also in the photo are adjudicators, Mr David Brophy, Conductor, Ms Ellen Cranitch, Performer, Composer & Broadcaster & Ms Aideen Walton.