Abbey Community College Boyle
This year Operation Transformation launched a very special campaign in conjunction with the PEAI. 80% of Irish teenage girls are not getting the recommended level of physical activity, with some inactive for up to 20 hours a day. To reverse this negative trend and get girls thinking about the importance of physical activity for the physical and mental health this campaign is for teenage girls by teenage girls.
Throughout the series female role models have been doing surprise visits to their former schools to see how their schools are fairing with physical fitness and the ‘It’s Your Move’ campaign.
Abbey Community College Staff and students in 1st, 2nd and 5th year got involved in this initiative. Each week students logged on to the Operation Transformation Website and checked out the video tutorial with Sky One's Got to Dance Choreographers Raw Edge. In our school the Fifth Years learned the routines first and then taught them to the 1st and 2nd yr groups with teachers getting involved, Ms. Hannon, Ms. McManeny, Mr. Greaney and Mr. O’Connor .Each week the a new part of the dance was added and learned. During the last two weeks the steps were videoed and uploaded to the Operation Transformation Facebook page of our students rehearsing and performing the routine. Last Wednesday our students featured briefly in the clips of all the schools nationwide who have also gotten involved.
On Monday 8th Feb. the school got the call that our students have been picked to rehearse the routine in Athlone on Thursday the11th February. They will feature in recordings along with other schools practicing and rehearsing the finished dance routine. Wel Done to staff and students in taking part in this fun initiative which has proved very popular with the sixty girls who have gotten involved- given up lunchtimes and sacrificed some class time. Thanks to all our staff who have supported this intiative and facilitated students in getting involved.
This important campaign will culminate in 2000+ teenage girls performing the routine en masse with the Operation Transformation Experts, Leaders, Role Models also taking part. This will be carried live on 2FM on the Nicky Byrne show on the 12th February as well as in the finale of Operation Transformation Series 9.