Over 40 teachers from five County Wexford primary schools attended a singing workshop in Broadway national school to launch the Dream-M (Drop Everything and Make Music) project.
The aim of the project is to encourage teachers and pupils to sing every day as an informal part of the classroom routine.
The workshop was conducted by Mary Amond who taught teachers a number of approaches which can be used to promote incidental whole class singing. They learned a number of songs which can be enjoyed by all age groups including 'My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean', 'When the Saints Go Marching In' and 'London Bridge'.
When the participating teachers return to their schools, over 600 pupils will have the opportunity to sing during the day's timetable, fostering a creative and positive atmosphere in the classroom and helping them to think and learn creatively in their subjects.
The project is led by Berni Leahy of Mayglass national school and other teachers on a Creative Cluster committee including Marie Rossiter (Broadway NS), Lorna Farrell (Piercestown NS), Yvette Walsh (Tagoat NS) and Fiona Hilliard (Curracloe NS). The cluster is facilitated by Eamonn Barrett on behalf of County Wexford Education Centre.
Creative Clusters are a pilot initiatve of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund -Creative Clusters Initiative.