Congratulations to everyone at St Columba’s NS who helped the Arts Council launch their report on participation in the arts by primary school children on 5th October 2016. The children from 2nd to 6th class proved themselves to be to be media stars as they discussed their views on ‘The Arts’ with journalists from all the major media out-lets in Ireland. Mrs. Malone’s class impressed with their pottery mini-beasts while Mrs. Creaner’s class showed their style with self-portraits. If you would like to see and hear just how wonderful they all were, please visit the links below.
Stephanie Preissner, Writer of Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope stopped by St Columba’s School, North Strand, Dublin to launch the Arts Council and ESRI study on children and the arts and the impact of arts and cultural participation on Irish children. The major longitudinal study portrays deep insights into the engagement of over 19,700 children in a range of activities across multiple contexts including home, school and community, and measures the impact on a child’s cognitive development and emotional wellbeing. The research also takes account of children’s engagement in popular culture, including television viewing and digital engagement, as well as involvement in music, dance and drama lessons and in reading for pleasure. Picture Andres Poveda (Picture courtesy of Irish Independent)