Images From Cycle Agaist Suicide at Abbey Community College.
"It's Ok Not to Feel Ok and It's Absolutely Ok to Ask For Help"
Launch of the "One Campaign for Change" Online Petition to End Homelessness in Ireland
.On Tuesday, April 5th, Abbey Community College's Justice Group hosted the launch of the “One Campaign for Change” on-line petition. The petition has 3 clear aims.
1: To provide more social housing. (40,000 units)
2: To provide appropriate interim measures to those who are homeless.
3: To prevent banks from evicting people from their homes and instead to provide a mortgage to rent scheme.
You can read up on and sign their petition on the homepage of: www.onecampaignforchange.weebly.com.
Last November, the Justice Group began working on the issue of homelessness in Ireland when they were invited by Phil Brennan (from the Romero Institute of Peace and Justice) to spend an afternoon with The High Hopes Choir in the Edmund Rice Centre.
This opportunity opened their eyes to the current homeless crisis, and was the day they decided that it was time to speak out and act against such injustice.They hosted a concert with the High Hopes Choir and the Island of Ireland Peace Choir in December. They fundraised within the school community and presented the choir and SVP with €1600.
In January, the Justice Group spent a day with Fr. Peter McVerry. This day inspired them with a clear vision for what they wanted to ask for in their petition.
The launch in the Abbey welcomed students from 8 Post Primary Schools from Cork, Kilkenny and Wexford, the High Hopes Choir, Deputies John Paul Phelan and Bobby Aylward, Superintendent John Mulligan, Cllr. Eamon Quinlan, Cllr. Ger Frisby, representatives from Focus Ireland and Saint Vincent de Paul.
Exciting Times as Construction Begins on New Extension
During the Easter holidays, work began on a new building extension for Abbey Community College. The new structure to be completed by summer 2016 will include:
|New Student Canteen/General Purpose Area||3 New Science Labs|
|New Engineering Room||New Woodwork/Construction Room|
|12 New General Classrooms||New Special needs Unit and Sensory Garden|
|New Learning Support Suite||Office for 2nd Deputy Principal|
Additionally there will be further work in the existing school building to extend the Staff Room to double the size and to refurbish the existing General Purpose Area to become a new Glassed in Library.