SHINE Festival 2021

Hold on to your hats people!!  Are you ready for our BIGGEST EVER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!   Shona fans will know that we love nothing more than to put on a big event! For us, it doesn’t get much better than bringing as many girls and as many inspiring women into one room as we possibly can!

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MASSIVE NEWS! We wrote a lil book!!!

We are SO excited to finally share our latest news. Are you ready! For the past few months we’ve been working on the cutest little book called “The Survival Handbook for Girls”. This book is has been lovingly put together by our entire team and beautifully illustrated by our friends at Vitamin Creative. The book

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A Letter To My Younger Self – By Aoife D

Dear Aoife, I know you’re probably stressed out right now. That seems to be your default state – stressed about school, stressed about friends, stressed about the future. I get it. But try not to worry too much. School is important, and good grades are important. But they’re not more important than your mental health.

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How to Upgrade Your Convo Game

Conversations…… uuuurgh. When it comes to actually talking to other humans in real life, most of us would rather stick needles in our eyeballs. But having decent chat game is a really important skill for getting ahead in life. Being able to really engage with others is vital when it comes to getting jobs, (and

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We’ve Cracked the Code! How To Be Happy In Life…

We’re all just out here trying to be our best selves, figuring it all out, searching for answers; What do I want to do? What course should I apply for? What nice things do I want? Well. We’ve been thinking a LOT about how we approach life’s big questions and here’s what we’ve come up

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What’s The Craic With BeReal?

We don’t know about you, but our phones are jampacked with photos, social media apps, and photo editing apps. Honestly, we think if we take one more photo of our breakfast or post another picture of our dog, our phones might spontaneously combust. But hold on to your knickers, because we have another app for

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Are My Boobs Normal?

How long do we spend looking at our boobaloobas in the shower and wondering if they are normal? (Spoiler alert, of course they are?) We’ve reached out to some of our besties (look at us having doctor friends) and here is some info we have gathered from our experts… Boobs, jugs, knockers, tits, mammary glands-

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Dear Shannon – A Letter to Myself

Dear Shannon, You’re 16 and I’m writing to you to give you a heads up. There is a rough few years ahead. Being different is nothing to be ashamed of, but unfortunately, you will learn this the hard way. Soon you will be mocked, taunted, pushed, and shoved. A feeling of dread hangs over you

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Summer School 2022

Having time off from school is usually amazing! But over the past few summers, we’ve missed out on so much, we’re thirsty for new opportunities to meet new people, try new things, and celebrate who we are as young women. How about you? For the third year, The Shona Project is offering the girls of

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My Life As A Mechanic- By Caroline

Here at Shona, we are all about representing girls, women, and non-binary people from all backgrounds, but we especially love when we get to meet someone who is stepping outside of what the world considers “the norm”.  So today we would like to introduce you to Caroline! Caroline is a HGV Technician who completed her

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Active*Consent Is Here To Answer All Of Your Consent Questions

Our friends at Active*Consent recently launched a new resource so we can all learn about consent, and the team wrote an article, just for our Shona Community, to fill us in! So read on, every day is a learning day!.. Consent culture is becoming a fast reality in Ireland, and to help develop it even

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Why Can’t We Talk About Periods???

Oh.. are we not supposed to go there? Would you prefer we hadn’t brought it up? Aunt Flo, shark week, red ribbon, things, yolks, crimson wave, time of the month, women’s trouble, flowers, the painters. Here is a helpful list of about 1,000 alternative words you can use. Because it’s a well-known fact that if you

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What It’s Like To Be The Weird Girl

Put me in any room with any group of girls and I’ll always be the weird one. I just don’t fit in. My parents are very religious, and that has had a huge effect on molding me as a person. I didn’t have a phone until I turned 14 and that was just so they

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Autism and Me – By Aoife

I’ve felt different from other people for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I had some quirks: I didn’t really play with other kids a lot, I much preferred the company of myself or my twin sister. I was quiet and clumsy, and I was always away with the fairies. I

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My Story – By Shaunagh

(TW: Disordered eating) The year my parents separated was the year my whole world completely crashed and to say my mental health suffered was an understatement. I went from being a severely athletic young girl who loved her body and everything that she was, to a complete hermit who hated any sort of interaction with

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Turning Red – A Review By Aoife

“Turning Red” is a heart-warming coming-of-age movie from Pixar Animation. It follows the story of Mei, a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl who (inconveniently!) transforms into a giant red panda whenever she experiences strong emotions. Throughout the course of the film, we see Mei navigate the difficulties of growing up and balancing her parent’s wishes for her

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A Letter To My 18-Year-Old Self – By Kat

We always say that our website is for you, our Shona community. It is a safe space for you to share your story, so no girl feels alone. This is exactly what Kat has done today. Just have a read…  Dear 18 Year Old Kat, Everything got better. You’ll discover many things in your final

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10 Things us girls need to stop shaming each other for..

Us girls are divils for judging each other. Instead of embracing our differences, we constantly compete to be the prettiest, the smartest, the most popular, the most athletic, the skinniest. When we look in the mirror, we always look at our faults, and therefore, looking for faults in others makes us feel better about ourselves.

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The Shona Safe Bathrooms Challenge

We are delighted to invite you and your school to take part in our Shona Safe Bathrooms Challenge. We’d also love to share your free stencil pack with you in the hopes that it helps you to turn your corridors and bathrooms into more positive spaces for your students. Please just pop us an email

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