Nine schools get cre­ative

Bray People - - NEWS - BY EIMEAR DODD

NINE OF the county’s schools have been se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the lat­est round of Cre­ative Ireland’s Scoileanna Ildá­nacha/Cre­ative Schools and Cre­ative Clus­ters.

Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann, Gaelscoil An Inbhir Mhóir, Nun’s Cross NS, Ss Michael And Peters JNS, St Cather­ine’s Spe­cial School, St Kevin’s CC, St Lau­rence PS, St Peter’s NS and Wood­brook Col­lege are named among the 164 schools na­tion­wide who will join the third round of the pro­gramme.

Min­is­ter for Tourism, Cul­ture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Me­dia Cather­ine Martin said: ‘I am de­lighted to wel­come a fur­ther 164 schools as our lat­est Cre­ative Schools – one of the flag­ship ini­tia­tives of the Cre­ative Ireland Pro­gramme. This pro­gramme – along with other Cre­ative Ireland ini­tia­tives – sup­ports our youngest cit­i­zens to not only ex­pe­ri­ence and em­brace arts, cul­ture and cre­ativ­ity for the pure en­joy­ment of it, but to help them dis­cover and de­velop new skills and tal­ents that en­hance their de­vel­op­ment and growth, and add to the rich­ness of their over­all learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Schools in Grey­stones and Del­gany will also form part of a new Cre­ative Clus­ter with the Black­rock Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre. Del­gany NS, St

Kevin’s NS and Grey­stones CNS will col­lab­o­rate on an arts and cre­ative learn­ing project. The an­nounce­ment was wel­comed by Wick­low Green Party TD Stephen Matthews.

‘The an­nounce­ment by Min­is­ter Fo­ley and my Green Party col­league, Min­is­ter Cather­ine Martin this week was ex­tremely wel­come. I was par­tic­u­larly de­lighted to see that nine schools from across Wick­low were awarded the grant of €2,000 to im­ple­ment their in­di­vid­ual plans with an ad­di­tional grant of €1,100 be­ing pro­vided on a once-off ba­sis for 2020.

‘The fund­ing is there to sup­port ini­tia­tives and ideas that en­cour­age chil­dren and young adults to em­brace arts, cul­ture and cre­ativ­ity and to dis­cover and de­velop new skills and tal­ents that en­hance their de­vel­op­ment and growth and add to the rich­ness of their over­all learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Sup­port­ing an in­ter­est and pas­sion for cre­ativ­ity in all areas of child­hood de­vel­op­ment is im­por­tant and I hope that this fund­ing will as­sist in that aim.

‘This fund­ing is par­tic­u­larly wel­come at the mo­ment as stu­dents are still read­just­ing to be­ing back in school af­ter such a sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­rup­tion in their school­ing. I know this has been an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing pe­riod for stu­dents and fam­i­lies alike and any mea­sure that can re­duce this stress is ex­tremely pos­i­tive,’ he added.

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