Creative Youth Plan Underway as 150 Schools Selected

Creative Youth Plan Underway as 150 Schools Selected

Grant of €2,000 and 9 artist days available for schools in new project.

Following a call for applications in March, 150 schools in Ireland have been selected to take part in the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools pilot scheme.

The project is a flagship initiative of the Creative Youth plan, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland programme.

Schools selected to participate in the pilot will receive one day’s induction/training where they will meet with other participating schools and with the Creative Schools team; they will be allocated a Creative Associate who will support the school for up to a maximum of nine days over the 2018–2019 school year; and they can also avail of a once-off grant of €2,000 to implement their plans in 2018–2019.

Arts are powerful
Over 400 applications for the scheme were received. The 150 schools include primary schools, secondary schools, Youthreach centres, special schools, DEIS schools and Irish-language schools. 

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, commented on the importance of the plan:

Today, we reinforce the idea that the arts are a powerful means through which our children and young people can develop their creative capacities and skills, which in turn will help guide and empower them as they embark upon their own journeys of discovery, inspiration and achievement.

The Minister for Educaion and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, added that the initiative goes beyond the curriculum: ‘This initiative underlines the importance that arts and creativity can play in our education system, not just as a curriculum subject, but as a vital part of the personal development and creative expression of our children and young people.’ 

Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride sees long-term potential in the project:

There is clearly a strong appetite in schools across Ireland to ensure their students have more opportunities to fully engage with the arts. We hope all schools will continue to engage with the Creative Schools initiative as it develops. … Creative Schools is significant not only because of the benefits it promises in terms of young people’s learning and well-being, but because it enables us to ensure children and young people have better opportunities to fully participate in our cultural life in Ireland.

For the full list of schools, see below.

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Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools 2018/19 

  • Beech Hill College, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan
  • Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • Coláiste Dún An Rí, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan
  • Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal
  • Glenmaquin Ns, Glenmaquin, Co. Donegal
  • Glenswilly National School, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • Killavil National School, Ballymote, Co. Sligo
  • Knocktemple NS, Virginia, Co. Cavan
  • Saint Hugh’s NS, Dowra, Co. Leitrim
  • Scoil Athphoirt, Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal
  • Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
  • Scoil Naomh Eanna, Carraroe, Co. Sligo
  • Scoil Treasa Naofa, Malin, Co. Donegal
  • St Blaithin’s National School, Lifford, Co. Donegal
  • St Patrick’s Girls National School, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal
  • St Patrick’s NS, Loch Gowna, Co. Cavan
  • St Safan’s NS, Drumdoit, Co. Donegal
  • St. Mary’s NS, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan
  • Athenry Boys School, Athenry, Co. Galway
  • Barnacogue NS, Swinford, Co. Mayo
  • Castlebar Educate Together NS, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Co. Mayo
  • Eglish NS, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
  • Gaelscoil De Híde, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon
  • Galway Educate Together National School, Newcastle, Co. Galway
  • Glanduff NS, Athlone, Co. Roscommon
  • Gortskehy NS, Holymount, Co. Mayo
  • Knocknacarra Educate Together, Knocknacarra, Co. Galway
  • Killeen National School, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo
  • Mount Talbot NS, Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon
  • Scoil Naisiúnta Na Naomh Uile, Clifden, Co. Galway
  • Scoil Chroí Íosa, Galway, Co. Galway
  • Scoil Sailearna, Indreabhán, Co. Galway
  • Snugboro NS, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • St Oliver’s Special School, Tuam, Co. Galway
  • St. Anthony’s Special School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • St. Patrick’s De La Salle Boys’ National School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • Tuam Educate Together National School, Tuam, Co. Galway
  • Youthreach Portumna, Portumna, Co. Galway
  • Ard Scoil Charain Naofa, Clara, Co. Offaly
  • Ardnagrath National School, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • Coosan National School, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Farranyoogan, Co. Longford
  • Holy Family Junior School, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  • Sandy Lane National School, Portarlington, Co. Laois
  • Scoil Bhríde, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  • Scoil Eoin Phóil II Naofa, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
  • Scoil Na Gceithre Maistrí, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  • St Marys Secondary, Edenderry, Co. Offaly
  • St. Michael’s BNS, Deanscurragh, Co. Longford
  • Ballycullane NS, New Ross, Co. Wexford
  • Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Bunscoil Rís Edmund Rice Senior Primary, New Ross, Co. Wexford
  • Creagh College, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Crehana National School, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford
  • Gaelscoil Osraí, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
  • Kiltealy NS, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  • Loreto Secondary School, Wexford, Co. Wexford
  • Mayo National School, Crettyard, Co. Carlow
  • Scoil Mhuire Davidstown, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  • Scoil Naomh Maodhóg, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
  • St Patrick’s NS, Borris, Co. Carlow
  • St. Brigid’s National School, Kells, Co. Kilkenny
  • St. Paul’s Community College, Waterford, Co. Waterford
  • Barryroe National School, Bandon, Co. Cork
  • Canovee National School, Carrigadrohid, Co. Cork
  • CBS Primary, Charleville, Co. Cork
  • Cloghroe NS, Cloghroe, Co. Cork
  • Coláiste Daibhéid, Ballintemple, Co. Cork
  • Colaiste Muire, Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Dripsey National School, Dripsey, Co. Cork
  • Edmund Rice College, Carrigaline, Co. Cork
  • Faha NS, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Fybough NS, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Gaelscoil Mhachan, Machan, Co. Cork
  • Glasheen Girls School, Cork, Co. Cork
  • Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
  • Presentation Primary School, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Scoil Barra Buachaillí, Beaumont, Co. Cork
  • Scoil Bernadette, Monttenote, Co. Cork
  • Scoil Bhríde, Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Scoil Eoin Balloonagh, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Scoil Mhuire Agus Eoin, Mayfield, Co. Cork
  • Skibbereen Community School, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • St Killians Special School, Bishopstown, Co. Cork
  • St Luke’s National School, Douglas, Co. Cork
  • St. Vincent’s Convent Primary School, Cork, Co. Cork
  • Youthreach Knocnaheeny, Knocnaheeny, Co. Cork
  • Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Co. Limerick
  • Caherconlish National School, Caherconlish, Co. Limerick
  • Corpus Christi Primary School, Moyross, Co. Limerick
  • Doora NS, Ennis, Co. Clare
  • Liscannor National School, Liscannor, Co. Clare
  • Mount Bruis NS, Mount Bruis, Co. Tipperary
  • Our Lady Queen Of Peace National School, Janesboro, Co. Limerick
  • Powerstown NS, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  • Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  • Scoil Na Mbráithre, Doon, Co. Limerick
  • Sixmilebridge National School, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare
  • St. Joseph’s Primary, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary
  • St. Mary’s BNS, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
  • St. Mary’s Central NS, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
  • St. Michael’s Girls’ NS, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary
  • The Abbey School, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary
  • Baconstown National School. Saint Patrick’s Primary School, Enfield, Co. Meath
  • Bunscoil Buachaillí Réalt Na Mara, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Coláiste Pobail Ráth Chairn, Athboy, Co. Meath
  • Greystones Community National School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Kilcommon National School, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
  • Scoil An Linbh Íosa, Prosperous, Co. Kildare
  • Scoil Mhichil Naofa, Athy, Co. Kildare
  • Scoil Mhuire Junior School, Ballymany, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  • Scoil Mhuire, Heronstown Ns, Navan, Co. Meath
  • Sn Muire Gan Smál Cartown, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • St Brigid’s Special School, Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • St Kilian’s Community School, Bray, Co. Wicklow
  • St Mary’s College, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • St Oliver’s National School., Dundalk, Co. Louth
  • St. Louis Ns Rathkenny, Navan, Co. Meath
  • Tullyallen National School, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Two Mile House National School, Naas, Co. Kildare
  • Balbriggan Educate Together National School, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • Ballymun Youthreach, Ballymun, Dublin 11
  • Balrothery Ns, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • Belmayne Educate Together National School, North Belmayne, Dublin 13
  • Beneaivn De La Salle College, Finglas, Dublin 11
  • Coláiste Mhuire, Cabra, Dublin 7
  • Central Remedial Clinic School, Clontarf, Dublin 3
  • Dublin 7 Educate Together National School, Phibsboro, Dublin 7
  • Dún Laoghaire Educate Together National School, Monkstown, Co. Dublin
  • Griffith Barracks Multi Denominational Primary School, Merchants Quay, Dublin 12
  • Lucan Educate Together National School, Lucan, Co. Dublin
  • Lusk Community College, Lusk, Co. Dublin
  • Margaret Aylward Community College, Whitehall, Dublin 9
  • Mary Queen Of Angels 2, Boys National School, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
  • Monkstown Educate Together Ns, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Presentation Primary Warrenmount, Blackpitts, Dublin 8
  • Rathfarnham Educate Together National School, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
  • Shellybanks ETNS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  • Ss Peter & Paul JNS, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • St Brigids JNS, Brookfield, Dublin 24
  • St Fintans High School, Sutton, Dublin 13
  • St John Of God GNS, Artane, Dublin 3
  • St Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
  • St Michael’s House Special School, Ballygal, Dublin 9
  • St. Oliver Plunketts Junior National School, Finglas South, Dublin 11
  • Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School, Stepaside, Co. Dublin
  • Templeogue College, Templeogue, Dublin 6W

Published on 12 June 2018

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