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Monday 22 July 2019

Ballycullane NS pupils show their creative side

Ballycullane NS pupils celebrating their participation in the Creative Schools programme
Ballycullane NS pupils celebrating their participation in the Creative Schools programme

Pádraig Byrne

Creavity was the order of the day at Ballycullane NS recently as the pupils there gathered to celebrate their participation in the Creative Schools Programme, which has seen them undertake a variety of arts and creative activities in the past year.

The sound of music could be heard emanating from the school over the past twelve months as the children sang traditional songs, took part in drumming, a contemporary dance project and even film-making.

The programme is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, as well as the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Creative Associate Aileen Lambert worked with the school and Creative Schools co-ordinator Ruth Hyland in developing a plan and assisted in creating and developing links between school and local artists and arts, as well as cultural organisations.

The school was also provided with €2,000 to assist in implementing their plans and engaging in a variety of projects and it was one of just 150 schools selected for this exciting pilot project which began in September of last year. Principal Margaret Furlong was recently informed that they will receive the same supports next year to continue their development.

This year's programme began with traditional song workshops delivered by Aileen, who also delivers traditional singing in schools as part of the Heritage in Schools Scheme. Neil Dowling hosted a workshop in drumming, while Dance Artist Deirdre Grant engaged all pupils in a contemporary dance project over a number of weeks. Skills in creating Stop-motion animation using iPads were developed among pupils in Ms Furlong's class who herself attended a training course in film-making for the classroom. Plans are now afoot to further develop these creative skills as well as introduce some new and exciting art-forms to pupils in the upcoming year.

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