Young schol­ars get to the art of the mat­ter with success

The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HERLIHY

A LEAD­ING na­tional art com­pe­ti­tion re­sulted in two wins for the Rebel county as both Cullen NS and Clon­du­lane NS in Fer­moy have now been put for­ward for a na­tional ti­tle.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s theme, ‘Some­one Like Me’ was sup­ported by the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Authority. It aims to pro­mote dis­abil­ity aware­ness and nur­ture the un­der­stand­ing among pri­mary school stu­dents and to high­light the sim­i­lar­i­ties that ex­ist within peo­ple of all abil­i­ties.

Cullen NS was named the ju­nior county win­ner with their pro­ject, en­ti­tled ‘In­side We’re All The Same’ which fea­tured work from pupils from first, sec­ond and third class.

The art de­picted a group of peo­ple and coloured eggs high­light­ing that al­though ev­ery­one looks dif­fer­ent – in­side ev­ery­one is sim­i­lar with com­pa­ra­ble needs and ev­ery­one must be re­spected. The pupils were guided on their sub­mis­sion by teacher Han­nah Kelle­her.

For Clon­du­lane NS in Fer­moy, they were named the se­nior county win­ners. Their pro­ject was en­ti­tled ‘Even Though We Look Dif­fer­ent, We All Have a Heart,’ and this was the work by sixth class pupil, Maja Suszczyn­ska.

The art work de­picted the strong mes­sage of in­clu­siv­ity and the im­por­tance of love and re­spect for ev­ery­one. The work was over­seen by teacher Lisa Daly.

There were over 2,400 en­tries for the com­pe­ti­tion. More than 600,000 peo­ple in Ire­land have a dis­abil­ity and chil­dren un­der 15 make up 53,000 of that fig­ure.

Both Cullen and Clon­du­lane NS will now go on to 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 win­ning sub­mis­sion from Cullen NS

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