'We can' THRiVE group

THRiVE ‘We can’ campaign launched at Abbey Community College, Monkstown

Boxing legend Carl Frampton was part of the launch of the THRiVE ‘We can’ campaign at Abbey Community College in Monkstown on Thursday 24 January (International Day of Education.)

THRiVE success story Courtney Cooper, who is deputy head girl of Abbey Community College also spoke at the event, and both Carl and Courtney shared their unique and moving stories about growing up in Northern Ireland.

During the launch, local primary school children introduced their specially designed ‘We can’ banners which show their hopes and dreams for now and the future.

A powerful new film showing how Courtney overcame difficult family circumstances to flourish at home and at school was premiered.

Carl shared stories about his ambition, bouncing back and the people who have helped him become the person and boxer he is today. 

There was also a special viewing of a film showing how a local parent champion has learnt new skills to help her daughter improve her confidence and learning.

Sara McCracken, Head of Marketing, Research and Communications said,

“The THRiVE project is an excellent example of a community-led project that is focused on building aspirations.  The launch of the ‘We can’ campaign is another significant achievement for the project, which comprises primary and post-primary schools in the Rathcoole and Monkstown areas.  I am delighted to represent CSSC on the project board”.

THRiVE is based in Rathcoole and Monkstown, and  is a network of parents, controlled school, and statutory, voluntary and community organisations, who are all working together to enable local children and young people to do well at home and at school. In doing so, THRiVE are pioneering a new approach to tackle educational underachievement in local communities.