The Creative Schools programme aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.
It gives children and young people a central role in the process. Back in June 2018, we were selected as one of 150 schools nationally to take part in this pilot initiative which will help us understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in our school.
We have been assigned a Creative Associate, Jojo Hynes, who will support our school to develop a Creative School Plan for the year ahead. Jojo will assist in creating and developing links between schools and artists/ art and cultural organisations at local and national level along with challenging us to think in new and different ways.
Meet our Creative Schools Team – a representative group who will lead the Creative School process here at Gortskehy.
We are looking forward to working with the Arts Council and Jojo on this exciting initiative this year.
“Being active, staying fit, Gortskehy always does its bit!”, Cathal Tierney, 5th Class
We have been very active in Gortskehy recently for our @activeflag.
We held a competition during November for the children to come up with our active school slogan. The children came up with fantastic ideas. Congratulations to Cathal Tierney, fifth class for coming up with the winning catchy slogan! We had a competition for the infants to draw and colour an active picture. They really enjoyed it and had great pictures!
Great slogan Cathal – WELL DONE from @activeflag👍
— Active School Flag (@ActiveFlag) January 8, 2019
On November 19th we started taking part in the ‘Active Break Every Day Challenge’. Each class had an active break every day. We had a running break, a dance break or an exercise break each day. It really helped us to energise ourselves and concentrate and focus better on our work. We had so much fun during these breaks that we have an active break every day at school now. It helps us to stay healthy!
On the day of our Christmas Holidays we had a Christmas Disco. Each class got to perform a dance in the dance off! It was a really active way to end the term at school and we had a fantastic time dressed up in our Christmas jumpers.
We are going to be taking part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 initiative in January at school and we are looking forward to the challenge!