Schools in run­ning to be na­tional art win­ner

Bray People - - NEWS -

TWO north Wick­low schools are in the run­ning to be crowned the win­ner of the na­tional ‘Some­one Like Me’ art com­pe­ti­tion to­day ( Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5).

Last week, Marino Com­mu­nity Spe­cial School and Scoil Chualann were an­nouned as the County Wick­low win­ners and go for­ward to the na­tional fi­nal. The Min­is­ter of State with spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for Dis­abil­ity Is­sues, Finian McGrath, will re­veal the over­all win­ner at Dublin City Hall later to­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which is sup­ported by the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Author­ity, aims to pro­mote dis­abil­ity aware­ness and nur­ture un­der­stand­ing amongst pri­mary school pupils. It also aims to high­light the sim­i­lar­i­ties that ex­ist within peo­ple of all abil­i­ties.

In their en­try, ju­nior in­fant pupils from Marino School cre­ated a colour­ful poster us­ing paint and also in­cor­po­rated some bal­loons. The work high­lights that ev­ery child is dif­fer­ent and unique in their own way. Teacher Holly Cana­van as­sisted the pupils with their sub­mis­sion, which won the ju­nior cat­e­gory in the county.

Tara, a sixth class pupil at Scoil Chualann, en­tered an an­imé-style por­trait de­pict­ing a boy, which com­bined broad marker out­lines with the finely tex­tured surfaces of coloured pen­cil. The char­ac­ter presents a con­fi­dent street-wise pres­ence and his in­di­vid­u­al­ity is high­lighted in the al­ter­nat­ing colours of the irises, with one blue and one grey cho­sen. Teacher Inion Ui Ghi­ol­lar­naith as­sisted in the sub­mis­sion, which was County Wick­low’s se­nior cat­e­gory win­ner.

The ‘Some­one Like Me’ judg­ing panel of Caomhán Mac Con Io­maire, Mark Maguire and Ellen Keane were greatly im­pressed with the artis­tic ef­forts of pupils and teach­ers at the two schools and praised their imag­i­na­tive sub­mis­sions which were se­lected for be­ing ex­cep­tion­ally in­sight­ful and in­spi­ra­tional.

Both Marino Com­mu­nity Spe­cial School and Scoil Chualann now com­pete with 45 other schools from around the coun­try for the over­all na­tional ‘Some­one Like Me’ award. The com­pe­ti­tion, which of­fers a range of prizes up to the value of €750, was open to all pri­mary school pupils from ju­nior in­fants to sixth class and 2,400 en­tries were re­ceived from in­di­vid­ual pupils, class groups and whole schools right across Ire­land.

The en­try from Scoil Chualann.

The en­try from Marino School.

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