All Forms Of Art Are Fun And Cool, So Let’s Become A Creative School!
Walterstown NS is currently participating in Creative Schools. This is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme and aims to promote the creative potential of every child.
Creative Schools supports schools to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. This initiative provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills; to communicate, collaborate, stimulate their imaginations, be inventive and to harness their curiosity!
We have set up a student driven Creative Schools Advisory Group who play a central role in developing, implementing and evaluating the programme in our school. The Advisory Group have created a school mantra and made some origami hearts. The school mantra is “All forms of art are fun and cool, so let’s become a creative school!”
Each class in the school has done a handprint activity – to show what creative things are already going on in the school and what creative things they would like to see happening down the line.
The children have identified Creative Points of Interest in the school garden – places where they would like to see artistic things taking place!
Maeve O’ Shea is our Creative Associate. Maev works in the Everyman Theatre and regularly visits our school and guides our creativity in new and exciting ways.
Creative Schools is allowing us to create new and enhance existing links with local artists in our community. It is giving our pupils opportunities to broaden their exposure to the arts and is also enhancing wellbeing and positive mental health in Walterstown NS.
Our School Anthem
As part of Creative Schools Week 2022 we, in Walterstown NS, are preparing for the performance of our School Anthem titled ‘Ar Aghaidh le Chéile!’
Created in keeping with our motto, ‘Ar Aghaidh le Chéile – Moving Forward Together’, our anthem has been written by the children of our school.
Creative Schools Week 2022
Crazy Hair Day
As part of Creative Schools Week 2022 Alice Barry, Noggin Theatre Company, visited our school to perform her one-woman show Fruitcake.
The children in 4th, 5th and 6th class were treated to this dark yet funny tale which involved a cookery demonstration!
We would like to give a massive thank you to Alice whose performance we thoroughly enjoyed!
Creative Schools Week Art Project 2022
The children based their projects on many different forms of art including painting, drawing, sculpture, gardening, installation, literature, knitting, baking, junk art, architecture, lego, jewellery, film making and many more.
Each piece of art was original and creative and the children enjoyed admiring and appreciating each others work. We were blown away by the standard of the artwork and by the amount of talent and creativity which we have in our school!
As part of Creative Schools Week Eveanna Kearney paid us a visit. Eveanna is a ballerina who put on an outstanding performance for the younger classes. We would like to give a big thank you to Eveanna for the performance which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!