Fresh Ré

Cian Francois

Guitarist - Fresh Ré 

@CianFrancois & @OfficialFreshRe

1. What was your school like?

My school was an all-boys secondary school in Celbridge, the only secondary school for boys in the town.

2. What is your favourite memory from school?

My favourite memories of school would have to be the lunchtimes. Me, Daryl and Harrison were all in the same lunch room and we just had so much fun every day with the rest of the lads we hung around with. 

3. How did your school experience influence/help your career?

My school unfortunately wasn't very musically orientated. There were no music classes and they wouldn't allow you to practice during lunch or any of that which could have helped a lot. It was more about the sports. I have two left feet so you can imagine how much the PE teacher liked me in a hall of athletes!

I found that there were certain teachers who took a general interest in my band and music in general, they were the ones who supported me and gave me a lot of advice which I did take on.

4. Were you bullied at school? If so how did you overcome this?

In primary school I was very creative and liked to joke a lot, most people just found me to be annoying. I got called names here and there but was never physically hurt. As I got older, things got better and when I reached secondary school people layed off and it was a completely different ball game. I don't know why but I reckon its because people got older and more mature. 

5. What was your favourite school subject?

My favourite school subject would have to be metalwork, I like making stuff. 

6. What did you look forward to when you went back to school after the holidays? What advice would you give to young people who are going back to school after the holidays? 

I looked forward to seeing everybody again. Every year is a new year and believe it or not, after the summer holidays when you come back to school, people are different because they get a little older. Yes the summer holiday was great and it's tough to think of the positives of going back to school after all that time off, but it felt good to go back to school to your friends and to have another sort of fresh start. The start of every year for me felt like a fresh year.

7. Was there anything you worried about when you went back to school after the holidays? How did you overcome this?

I always was a positive kid so nothing really phased me. The only thing that would have me worried is going back to people that you fell out with before the summer holidays and having to go back to unnecessary tension. 

8. What was your favourite school meal?!

Pasta or a panini! Nothing beats a nice hot bacon and chicken panini from the school café. 

9. If you had to do school again what would you change?

To be honest I wouldn't change a thing, everything that happened in school is a reflection of who I am today.

10. What advice would you give to anyone who is worried about going back to school because of bullying issues?

Honestly you would be so surprised about how most people change after the holidays. Just have a positive attitude and do your thing. And for the bullies, pulling someone down will never help you reach the top. There is a very nice side to school, a lot of it is down to finding right friends. There is a friend, or a group of friends for each and every person, you may just not know it yet..