Nicky and Anne Help Loughfouder NS to Raise Amber Flag

At the hoisting of the Amber Flag at Loughfouder National School in Knocknagoshel on Saturday. Included are front: Millie Fuller and Lukey Cotter. Back from left: Emer O Shea, Amber Flag Co-Ordinator; Jan-Eve Browne, Nicky and Anne McAuliffe with Principal. Elizabeth Lane and Cornelia Mangan.

Loughfouder National School’s Amber Flag was raised by past-pupil and renowned musician, Nicky McAuliffe with his wife Anne and fifth class pupil, Jan-Eve Browne on Saturday.

After the annual 5k/3k run, the flag was raised by the guests and the pupils.

“The is awarded to schools for their promotion of Positive Mental Health,” said Principal Elizabeth Lane.

“We ran two programmes during the year, Zippy’s Friends in the junior classes and  Walk Tall in the senior classes.

Learning How to Cope

“Both programmes teach children how to cope with difficult situations including bullying, conflict, loss and bereavement.

“A buddy bench was installed in the yard where a child can sit if they are feeling sad or excluded and the other children can cheer them up.

“They also took part in a number of fundraising events to raise money for Pieta House who run the Amber Award programme.

Organised by Teacher

“The activities during the year were organised by senior class teacher Emer O’Shea and the Amber Flag committee.

“On the day Nicky also raised our eighth Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Marine Environment.

“We were delighted that Nicky and Anne could join us for our celebration.

Great Crowd

“Nicky told me that it was 50 years and two months since he had been a pupil of Loughfouder NS. “They have travelled all over the world playing music since then and won several wards including the recent Gradam Ceoil from TG4.

“There was a great crowd at the school on the day including pupils, parents, staff and members of the local community,” Ms. Lane concluded.

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