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Faha pupils show their creative side

YOUNG Kerry students got a golden opportunity to show their creative flair with a Creative Schools Programme pilot initiative currently taking place with a number of Kerry schools successful in their applications to participate.

Four schools in Kerry were chosen for the first round of funding and they are Faha NS, Killarney, Fybough NS, Castlemaine, Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare and Presentation Primary School, Tralee.

The programme aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives and Creative Schools is a flagship initiative to enable the creative potential of every child.

It is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Arts Office and Creative Ireland Kerry supports the initiative and visual artist Jane Hayes is one of the creative associates assigned to work with Faha NS and Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine.

Pupils from Faha National School taking part in the Creative Schools pilot initiative.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

“Kerry has such a wealth of tradition in creativity and culture. Together we are striving to ensure that the arts and creativity are central to the life of participating schools across the curriculum and are celebrated for their contribution to the learning and development of our children and young people,” said Jane who specialises in the development of bespoke programmes and material for creative institutions and schools.

With the support of the Creative Associate each school will develop a plan and design a programme that responds to the needs and priorities of their school.

Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha National School, remarked: Our students look forward to the work they do with Jane and the school is developing an even greater understanding of the power of creativity and the arts to their learning and personal development.”.

This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate.

The long-term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.

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