CREATIVE students at Shanahoe NS have scooped a major art award for the second year in a row.
Fifth- and sixth-class pupils at Scoil Fionntáin Naofa are Laois senior category winners in the national ‘Someone like me’ art competition. Their beautiful entry features three large paper flowers in vibrant shades with the slogan ‘Together we make the world a more colourful place.’
Charlotte Barry and Katie Ryan represented the school at the awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall, where they were presented with the prize by Helen Guinan, chairperson of the National Disability Authority (NDA). The junior county award went to talented young artist Aoife Dunphy of Ballacolla NS.
Now in its third year, ‘Someone like me’ aims to highlight similarities between children of all abilities and promotes disability awareness and understanding in primary schools. Students learn about and discuss these topics in the classroom and then express what they have learned through art and craft projects.
There were almost 2,400 entries from schools across the country, with submissions ranging from posters and collages to large sculptural installations and multi-media pieces. The two Laois county award winners were among just 45 schools from around the country to reach the national finals.
Judges Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire, Mark Maguire and Ellen Keane said they were “greatly impressed” by the submissions from Shanahoe NS and Ballacolla NS, which were selected for being exceptionally insightful and inspirational. The winning students were also congratulated at the ceremony by junior minister Finian McGrath