Over the past few months many students have produced posters, poems and videos for a competition called 'Show Racism the Red Card'. On Wednesday 10th April all those who took part made the trip to the Aviva stadium in Lansdowne Road to attend the award ceremony.
There was a great atmosphere at the stadium as there were over 400 students from all over Ireland at the gathered there. We got to see all their work and to see some great performances, including a student from Blakestown who performed a brilliant rap he had written.
There were sports stars from the world of rugby, football, basketball and GAA, Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan; former Ireland International Kevin Kilbane; Dublin GAA legends Jason Sherlock, Phil Mc Mahon and Cliodhna O’Connor; Bosnian-born women’s basketball SuperLeague star Indira Kaljo; and Moldovan-born RTÉ children’s TV presenter Diana Bunici.
The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, also gave a speech highlighting the importance of being inclusive and open to other people and cultures.
Unfortunately St. Aidan's didn't win any of the prizes on offer but we certainly felt that we achieved out goal of getting the message across that in St. Aidan's we are against racist bullying and we want everyone to feel welcome here!
The competition standard was very high with Blakestown Community School coming out with the overall prize for their fantastic anti-racism campaign.
As always, St. Aidan's students displayed great behaviour and enthusiasim and were a credit to their school and to Brookfield. Thanks to all involved, especially Ms. Tierney and Ms. McDonald for all their hard work.