Stand Up Awareness Week 15th Nov – 19th Nov 2021  – Stand Up Awareness Week is an annual campaign run by BeLonG To Youth Services, which gives second-level schools and other youth services, the opportunity to celebrate and recognise their LGBTI+ community. Colaiste Mhuire were proud to play their part in this campaign and to ensure that our school is an inclusive school.  Our students and staff took part in activities to create awareness and promote acceptance of all.  Our junior students made rainbow paper chains with positive affirmations and, also wrote positive messages on rainbow flags – both of which were displayed around the school for all to see and read. Our senior students participated in a workshop run by Ossory Youth Kilkenny, where they discussed LGBTI+ terminology, stereotyping, acceptance, and much more. Our staff wore wristbands to show their support and non-acceptance of bullying. We also held an information stand at lunchtime for the entire school community, the purpose of which was to create awareness and acceptance. It was a very successful week, and we look forward to building on it for next year.