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The St Paul’s Girls

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A week or so ago, I got to spend a day in St Pauls Community College in Waterford. Of all the workshops I’ve done, this is the most surreal for me, as this is where I went to school, where I was bullied, and the place I swore I’d never set foot in again. I’m so glad I did though.  imag0408

St Paul’s has come a long way since I was there. The girls were lovely and got involved in the workshop from the start.

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However, most impressive was the girl who offered to read her apology to the entire group. Here’s what she said..

I don’t know what to say, but I am sorry to everyone I have ever spoken badly about. Sorry to all the teachers that I made coming into school so hard for because they never asked me what was wrong and I realised it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t know.

I promise that I’ll try to stop being a heartless bitch. I promise I’ll try my best to help others and put a smile on your faces.

I can tell you all that it put a smile on every face in the room to hear that. We also heard from another girl who wanted to say..

I apologise to the people I took out my anger on when things were bad for me. I apologise to me. I treated you badly and I did self destructive things because of shit that was going on in my life and at home and that’s never the right path.

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Thanks so much for having me back girls. Every last one of you were amazing. You can read some more of their thoughts here…

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