Lifeskills help girls take the safe line

first_imgHAZEL ALLIES-HUSSELMANAfter a week-long lifeskillls programme, 40 girls from Protea Primary School in Bonteheuwel, presented their new skills in a fun way to the rest of the school.The programme was hosted by Safeline Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Centre, which is based in Thornton Road, Athlone. Some of the topics covered included peer pressure, bullying, self-esteem, decision-making and teamwork. The programme was aimed at girls in Grades 5, 6 and 7.On Friday March 18, the girls hosted a “fashion show”, where they donned outfits made from recycled goods. Their message to their peers, was that there is beauty even in what others might consider “rubbish”.Safeline’s social work supervisor, Blanche Olivier said the organisation has done a “risky behaviour” programme with the pupils of Protea Primary before, and because of their interaction then, it was decided to do the lifeskills programme. She added that a few of their clients are pupils at this school.“There is a great need at the school for programmes like this. We negotiated with the school to do the lifeskills programme after we hosted the risky behaviour programme. It’s good that we now have a partnership with the school, so that we can address other needs at the school,” Ms Olivier said.When asked why only girls were chosen for the lifeskills programme, Ms Olivier said: “We planned to have a camp, that’s why we only worked with the girls. However, due to a lack of funding, we are not able to have it. We will have another programme and will definitely include the boys when we come back.”Principal Mabel Valentine said programmes like this are desperately needed at her school.“Some of our children come from very challenging backgrounds. As a result of the difficulties the children face, some of them have anger problems. This ultimately affects their schoolwork, and that’s why they struggle academically. They can’t perform as they should, because the social problems get them down. Sometimes, it’s the parents, relatives or friends of relatives that’s the problem,” Ms Valentine said.She added that partnerships with NGOs are vital.“We need more social workers. I feel every school needs to have its own social worker, but the reality is that one social worker is assigned to a lot of schools. The same goes for psychologists. Because of this, the lack of counselling is the most concerning part for me. As a teacher, one feels that your hands are tied. That’s why we need the assistance of NGOs.” 1 of 4last_img read more

Billy Twomey wins €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead

first_img Tags: Home  »  General  »  Billy Twomey wins €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead 31 July 2016, 18:39 Billy Twomey completed an incredible five days for Irish riders at the five-star Royal International show at Hickstead in the UK today (Sunday), with victory in the curtain-closing €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup.A thrilling 13 horse jump-off saw Twomey snatch the famous winner’s trophy with the 10-year-old mare Lizziemary. They were last to go against the clock and looking to catch Dutchman Wout-Jan Van Der Schans, who had set what looked an unbeatable time with the gelding Capetown. Incredibly Twomey shaved almost half-a-second off the target to score one of the biggest wins of his career.A delighted Twomey commented: “It was her [Lizziemary] first time jumping in that ring but she’s done really well. Ordinarily horses need to know that arena, but she’s really brave and has a big rangy gallop that covers the ground, so it suits her. I’m just delighted how the mare performed, I’ve always felt she’s been knocking on the door but not quite delivered. I’m very proud that she’s managed to win one of the most prestigious classes in the world. I had a good show in Dublin last week where I was the leading rider – there is a lot to be said about when you’ve got your tail up and are full of confidence.”Three Irish riders finished inside the top 10, with Wexford’s Bertram Allen briefly holding the lead with Molly Malone before eventually finishing fourth. Tipperary’s Shane Breen and Golden Hawk maintained the form which saw them finish as runners-up in the Dublin Horse Show Grand Prix and finished ninth at Hickstead. They posted the fastest time of the jump-off but one fence down denied them victory.Twomey’s Gold Cup win was his fourth of the week at Hickstead, where Ireland’s David Simpson and Elizabeth Power also scored victories, while Robert Spaine’s Irish team finished as runners-up in the Nations Cup on Friday.IRISH SHINEAt the five-star French show in Dinard, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny scored a podium finish in the feature Grand Prix. He finished third with Go Easy De Muze behind German winner Christian Ahlmann and Cornado. In Switzerland, Damien Dixon took runner-up spot in the feature three-star Grand Prixriding Queldu Un Des Mets.Meanwhile on the final day of the European Underage Championships in Millstreet, Gavin Harley finished fifth in the individual Young Rider final with Understone Van De Kapel, while Michael G Duffy and Felix finished ninth. Harley and Duffy were part of the Irish quartet who won the European Team Gold Medal on Friday along with Matt Garrigan and Max O’Reilly Hyland. Billy Twomey wins €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead last_img read more