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The Men of Ulster Take it to the Streets

International Women’s Day was celebrated by the College last Thursday acknowledging the contribution of individual women in shaping our communities. As we have seen in the media, 2018 has already proven itself to be a pivotal year for highlighting the structural inequalities that have allowed discrimination to be perpetuated in society.

Unfortunately, inequality persists in the workplace, the home and general society, whether it based on gender, race, religion or being differently abled. When we shine a light on who we are individuals and what we are willing to stand by and accept, it suddenly becomes much more vital that we look carefully at the legacy that we are leaving for our children. The fact that the illuminating light on this behaviour is stronger than ever is a powerful sign of hope for the society our boys will be living and working in when they leave us. Teaching them to be upstanders rather than bystanders is the rewarding job of both families and the teachers who walk beside them for a moment or two. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

It is a time-honoured tradition that flowers are given to women as a sign of solidarity on International Women’s Day. In Ulster House the tradition is being continued through a project begun in 2017 by current Year 9 student Zander Stevens. This year he continued his leadership of the project to handmake and give flowers to the women of Ambrose Treacy College. He was supported by his Home Room teacher, Sharni Maclean, a highly accomplished sportswomen and teacher, and the young men of Ulster House. Thank you to these boys who chose to be a part of the event. From all accounts, the mums who received flowers at the drop off zone that morning had a smile on their faces all day!

It has been a busy two weeks for the men of Ulster. The past two weeks have included camp for our year 9 and 10 students. Whether that included challenge, joy or a combination of both, the experience will be a talking point for a few weeks yet. On Thursday the House leaders ran a House lunch and activity for the Junior School students. It was a hilarious experience for all involved.

The week then ended with the Ulster House breakfast and Mass. Thank you to Liza Peapell for her faultless organisation, Matt Warr and Fr. John Gillen for the Mass and Danielle Milne and the staff in the Bakehouse for making such a lovely breakfast. It was a wonderful experience and it was a great opportunity to meet those parents who could join us. I believe it will be an annual event so if you were unable to make it, you can pencil it in for this time next year. I look forward to meeting many more of you at the Blessing and Opening of the Senior School.

Please enjoy the photographs taken at the most recent events.

Sally Flynn
Head of Ulster House