Comhairle na nÓg members collect award
Well done to our 5 Comhairle na nÓg members who collected their Special Award on behalf of Louth Comhairle na nÓg at The Public Participation Network (PPN) Gala in Bellingham Castle 23/11/16.
They won the special award for the Voluntary and Community award in the Youth and Children section.
Michael Mc Killop visits Transition Year in Bush Post Primary.
On Friday last, Michael Mc Killop visited Bush Post Primary School. For those of you who do not know Michael, he is a Triple Gold Medallist Paralympic Champion and World Record holder at eight and fifteen hundred metres. He was working with our Transition Years through the Sky Sport Living for Sport Programme. Our school has been running this programme for the last two years.
He began the morning by telling the students his story of how he became diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a baby. He spoke at length about the support he received and his intrinsic motivation to be the best at anything he does. Michael then outlined his journey from Primary school to representing his country in Athletics. He continued to talk about how he trains every day to overcome his disability and showed the students numerous videos of him winning various World and Olympic titles and breaking World records.
After a small break he started to teach the students about the Sky Sports Living for Sport Programme. He did this through the Six Keys to Success. The six keys to success are:
1. Mental toughness
2. Hunger to achieve
3. People skills
4. Sports and life knowledge
5. Breaking barriers
6. Planning for success
The six keys to success are designed to help young people develop valuable life and social skills that will help them in and outside of school, now and into the future.
Michael then used the six keys to success model to show the students how to set achievable targets for themselves. By the end of the theory class, each student had set a number of goals that they want to achieve in life and identified the steps to achieve these goals.
He then took the students out to the track where by they took part in a variety of teambuilding games to further enhance what he spoke about earlier in the morning. The day was a truly valuable experience for the students and was wrapped up by the students taking selfies with Michael and his Olympic Gold Medal.