Tallaght Community School

Creative School Launch

19-May-22
Creative School Launch

TCS applied to take part in the Creative School Programme run by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. We were lucky to get selected and we are now a ‘Creative School’. Over the next two years we will be working with the Arts Council to help raise awareness, come up with projects and ideas and help put creativity at the heart of education.

This is a whole school project and it is very exciting to get the opportunity for our school to take part.

My name is Joseph Collins and I am a member of the Creative Schools Student Committee here at TCS. Our main job is to represent students and be the voice for our Year Groups. This year we worked with Ms. Kelly, the Creative Schools Co-ordinator and Ciara our Creative Associate from the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. Student representatives across all year groups meet regularly to discuss creativity in our school.

On the 7th April, we had our project launch. We decided to have an event in reception and gathered art work and projects. We had a PowerPoint display up on the new TV and had lots of images of different types of creativity going on in our school. We decorated the reception area and created an interactive art space with a whiteboard. Students throughout the day could get as creative as they liked and draw on the whiteboard. There was a real buzz up in reception and some great works of art produced. The show of creativity on the whiteboard was incredible. During breaks and lunch we also had Sarah playing guitar and singing. It was like a festival atmosphere and we really enjoyed the day. It also let people know that something new was happening in the school.

An important part of the launch was a survey of all the students in the school. This was a way we could gather information from the students and have every voice heard. The students of the Creative Schools Committee came up with the questions for the survey and we even got to announce it on the intercom!!

We are busy working hard pulling together our findings from the Survey, and will give you feedback in September.

Being a member of the committee is great because it means you can share the wishes of your friends and classmates with the committee at the meetings and we get to organise activities. On behalf of the Creative School Student Committee I would like to thank all of the students who took part in the survey and our Launch event in reception. We all are looking forward to what is to come next year!

By Joseph Collins 5A

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