LEGO characters and a fingerprint helped two Laois schools win county awards in a prestigious national art competition.
Sandy Lane NS in Portarlington and Shanahoe NS near Abbeyleix are in the running for the ‘Someone Like Me’ national title after winning junior and senior county awards respectively.
The competition run by the Department of Justice and Equality promotes disability awareness among primary school students, giving them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities.
The group entry from Sandy Lane NS was created by first- and second-class pupils with teacher Mrs Bailey. As they are all big fans of Lego, the children decorated their own Lego characters as a fun way to show that they are similar yet different at the same time.
Fifth-class Shanahoe NS pupil Michael Bergin won the senior award for his school with a highly graphic entry of his own fingerprint, together with an illustrated magnifying glass highlighting the slogan ‘We each have a different print’.
The entries from Laois were singled out as “exceptionally insightful and inspirational” by competition judges Sinéad Burke, Mark Maguire and Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire. Both schools were congratulated on becoming county winners by minister of state with special responsibility for disabilities Finian McGrath.
The competition, which has a range of prizes up to the value of €750, received more than 2,000 entries from 25 counties. Sandy Lane NS and Shanahoe NS will compete with 45 other schools from around the country for the overall national ‘Someone Like Me’ award, which will be announced at a ceremony in Dublin City Hall on Monday 4 December.