Mo-nasterevin school shows signs of growth

Students at St Paul’s Secondary School in Monasterevin have been giving lip recently, and the teachers are at it too, writes Liam Godinho.

Students at St Paul’s Secondary School in Monasterevin have been giving lip recently, and the teachers are at it too, writes Liam Godinho.

A number of staff and students are growing moustaches for this year’s Movember, led by geography and business teacher Sean Keenan.

Mr Keenan took part in Movember for the first time last year while in Melbourne and decided to get it going in the school.

“We’ve got 12 people doing it,” he told the Leader. “There are 10 staff members and two students.” Both students are in sixth year.

As well as giving men an excuse to look a bit silly for a few weeks, the main purpose of Movember is the charity aspect.

“It’s just a great cause, raising awareness about testicular cancer and mental health,” explained Mr Keenan, adding that, as a teacher, mental health can sometimes be a big concern.

Under Movember rules, participants must start the month from scratch with a smooth face. “We put up a notice before the mid-term break that everyone had to be clean shaven on 1 November.”

A week into the month, different styles of lip ticklers are starting to emerge. “Myself, I’m going for the handlebars. Then Mr [Niall] McGillicuddy is going for the Colin Farrell and Mr [Seamus] Ferry is doing the Tom Sellick.” Movember just wouldn’t be the same without Tom Sellick.

At the end of the month, on 29 November the school will hold a fashion show, during which the finished efforts will be on display.

“We’ll have our awards night during the interval. There’ll be awards for best moustache and most money raised.”

After a week’s growing the school’s Movember team has raised over E350.

The school’s Movember team is called Monasterevin Mos and can be viewed at ie.movember.com/team/597057. There you can see the profiles of the participants and donate on behalf of the team or individual members.

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- Liam Godinho