Scoil Athphoirt Arannmore Island
Donegal school buildings might be closed but pupils from a local island school is one of five schools across the country to star in an RTE One documentary Creative Kids this Sunday, 3rd May at 6.30pm.
The schools include Presentation Primary School Tralee, Co. Kerry, De La Salle Boys Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School in Dublin, Scoil Athphoirt on Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal and Presentation Primary Warrenmount in Dublin.
The documentary is inspired by the roll-out of Creative Schools, an initiative focussing on creativity and the Arts in primary and post-primary schools and Youthreach centres all around Ireland.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Government’s Creative Ireland Programme, and puts the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. The initiative is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council said;
“As everyone will see from this wonderful documentary, the Creative Schools programme is already a great success, and has changed the lives of hundreds of young people from a broad range of schools across the whole country.
“The Arts Council is very proud to be delivering this programme, and I would strongly encourage principals and teachers to consider applying so that their schools can participate in the Creative Schools initiative during the next academic year.”
Creative Kids followed five schools over the course of the academic year as they implemented the Creative Schools project and encouraged their pupils to think about the Arts and creativity in a whole new way.
Diarmaid O’Meara, Creative Associate at Scoil Athphoirt on Arranmore Island said;
“The title of our project How to be an Explorer of Arranmore was based on Keri Smith's book How to be an Explorer of the World. The thrust of the project was to get the children observing their everyday surroundings, exploring them, using the environment as a canvas. The activities in the project allowed them to see everyday things and places in a new light, to re-imagine the mundane and hopefully to give them skills which will allow them to see through a creative lens in different settings.”
The Arts Council has invited schools across the country to take part in their Creative Schools initiative, opening up the programme to another 150 schools, bringing the total number to 300. All Department of Education and Skills primary and post-primary schools, special schools and Youthreach centres are eligible to apply.
Interested schools should:
Step 1 – Get online to find out more www.artscouncil.ie/creative- schools
Step 2 – Register your school today (this can take up to 5 working days)
Step 3 – Apply online before 25 June 2020.
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