PICTURES: Celebrations as the first Laois school raises its Rainbow Flag

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

The students in St. Fergal's College in Rathdowney have become the first in Laois to raise a Rainbow Flag to show that they have a dedicated safe space for LGBTI+ students and allies.

The school students and management had a day of celebrations that featured a rainbow cake to officially launch this new milestone they have reached.

The students and teachers at the school had an amazing day at the launch, the driving force behind the initiative was Prefect, Amy Wall, who wanted to create the safe space for LGBTI+ students and allies to meet and chat in a comfortable environment. 

With the huge support she received from management and staff, Amy together with the Amber Flag committee achieved this goal becoming the first school in Laois to create a safe space for this colourful crew. 

The SPHE classes have had workshops facilitated by their teacher Ms Clodagh Kennedy who also encouraged the creativity of 1st and 2nd years to make the rainbow coloured origami stars that decorate the corridors, a gentle reminder to embrace this diversity in our school community while raising awareness to STAND UP! against Homophobic and Transphobic bullying.

The raising of the Rainbow Flag a familiar symbol for the LGBTI+ Community was a proud and historical moment for the school.

The management of the school thanked everyone who made the launch day so special. They thanked Ms Jessica O'Brien and the Amber Flag committee for all their support particularly Hannah Murphy and the wonderful enchanting guests from Youth Work Ireland Laois.

Clive and Elaine from Youth Work Ireland Laois support LGBTI+ students outside of school.

Thanks to Ellen Wall for sending these pictures to the Leinster Express. Congratulations to all in St. Fergal's College, Rathdowney.

Thanks to St Fergal's College for the pictures.

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