Curraheen National School in Glenbeigh is in celebratory mode right now after it secured an 'Artist in Schools Bursary' worth €1,000 from Kerry County Council. In association with art psychotherapist, Nikki Roberts, the school successfully secured the grant following discussions with school children when it was agreed that Irish mythology could be utilised in promoting wellbeing and mindfulness.
"We created a specific library zone that would incorporate meditative images, thereby underpinning the wellbeing aspect of this project. The children gained personally and educationally throughout the art making process and we are delighted with the end result surpassing all of our expectations," said Claire Doyle, Principal of Curraheen NS.
In addition, Curraheen NS are grateful to Kerry County Council for supporting its application for funding under the CLÁR Programme which provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in disadvantaged rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation.
The school was also awarded €29,500 for safety improvement works as such works are critical to ensuring the safety of all members of the school community. The CLÁR Programme is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Lastly, Kerry County Council has supported the school's application for further funding from the CLÁR Programme for the development of a playground and handball alley.
"These supports are crucial to rural community schools such as ours. The school community would like to acknowledge Kerry County Council and elected members for their overwhelming support. Our children are the ultimate beneficiaries," concluded Claire.