We were delighted to welcome past pupil and Olympic runner Aoife Cooke to school on Tuesday, June 1st, to help us fly our Active Flag and Health Promoting School Flag before she flies the flag for Ireland in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Toyko.
The whole school was extremely happy to finally celebrate our achievement of renewing our Active Flag and receiving our first Health Promoting School Flag. A combined effort from the whole school community to promote movement and mindfulness meant we were awarded both accolades in the last school year, 2020. Unfortunately, school closures interrupted our plan to celebrate such an achievement. The wait, however, was worth it, as the ceremony was appreciated all the more as students and teachers gathered together outside to share in the good spirit, something that has been missed in recent times.
The Active and Well-being committee, which includes students and teachers, joined Aoife on stage, along with Principal, Mairéad Ní Mhurchú, who welcomed Aoife back to her old school and spoke of her memories of Aoife as a Scoil Mhuire student.
Aoife’s words of motivation to the girls of Scoil Mhuire were inspiring as she commended them on all they’ve done so far to stay active and promote movement. She encouraged everyone to “do what you love” and also highlighted the importance of taking part and enjoying an activity or sport without focusing on placing alone. As someone who has been successful in reaching goals she has set, Aoife encouraged the girls to do the same and believes that although she is the first Olympic athlete from Scoil Mhuire, she won’t be the last.
To top off an already exciting and fun filled day, a visit from the ice-cream truck was met with joyous cheering as everyone enjoyed a delicious treat. It was the perfect end to the memorable ceremony. You can see some pictures of the day in the slideshow below.
We want to say a huge thank you to Aoife for helping us raise our flags and we wish her all the best in the Olympics as we cheer her on!
Go n-éirí an t-áth leat Aoife!!
Follow the link below to read all about the day in this Echo Live article