Champion kickboxer cuts ribbon for flag raising ceremony at Nuns Cross school

Principal Rachel Harper, teacher Lorraine Gannon and kickboxer Caradh O'Donovan with 'Active Flag' committee members: Robyn Parkinson, Luke Clemens, Noah Madden, William Smith, Katie Fox, Tara Banks, Felix Baumann.

Nuns Cross National School in Ashford held a flag raising ceremony on Friday to celebrate their recently awarded Active Flag and Young Entrepreneur status.

Former World and European Champion kickboxer Caradh O’Donovan was present at the school to congratulate the pupils and teachers for their hard work over the past two years.

Speaking at the event, O’Donovan said: “As part of the Sport4schools program I came to Nuns Cross to coach the kids — their standard of fitness was very impressive and they were all so enthusiastic.

“I’m delighted to be able to return today to cut the ribbon on their flag raising ceremony and present them with their Active Flag.”

Co-ordinated by teacher Lorraine Gannon and an ‘Active Flag Committee’ made up of pupils, Nuns Cross implemented a variety of sports training with coaches, and programmes to encourage the children to be more active throughout the day.

During the ceremony the children also raised their Young Entrepreneur flag, a Green Schools flag for environmental awareness, and a tricolour flag.

The Young Entrepreneur flag was awarded to the school after 5th and 6th class pupils pitched their business ideas in a ‘Dragons Den’ style event to local business people including Shane Cradock.

The Active School Flag (ASF) — a Department of Education and Skills initiative — is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

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