Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. It aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. We were delighted to be a recipient of this award for the 2019/2020 school year. Our overall goal is to integrate creativity and fun into our approach to learning across all curriculum areas at Brannoxtown Community National School.
Our Creative Associate
Our Creative Associate is Helen Flanagan.
Creative Associates are artists, creative practitioners and/or educators with an understanding of the arts and creativity and its potential to transform the lives of children and young people. Creative Associates will match the needs of schools to arts and creative opportunities in their locality.
Helen Flanagan is a writer and filmmaker with a parallel practice in performance, theatre and live events. She has had several short films funded and produced, as well as well as children’s documentary and television series. Her performance work incorporates ritual, magic and play and often uses historic buildings and unconventional venues as performance spaces. Helen works with the Arts Council of Ireland on the Creative Schools initiative and is the resident facilitator on Screen 8, a youth filmmaking programme supported by the Dublin International Film Festival and the Digital Hub. She facilitates storytelling and writing workshops with young people and adults and volunteers with Fighting Words, a creative writing centre for young people, where she facilitates shadow puppetry summer camps.
Creative Schools Workshops
Since January, Helen has visited Brannoxtown Community National School for three workshops.
Workshop 1: On the 15th of January, we explored what creativity means to each of us through different games and activities. We also thought about all the opportunities we have to be creative both inside and outside of school.
Workshop 2: Creativity through play, games and movement was the main topic of discussion at our first workshop. So on Wednesday 5th February, we focused on this aspect of creativity in our second workshop. We played lots of games and explored different ways to share our creative thoughts and ideas through play, drama and movement.
Workshop 3: We had our third workshop on Monday 2nd March. On the basis of the information gathered at our first two workshops, we explored ways we could make our playground a more creative place. All the children came up with great ideas and enjoyed drawing diagrams and making models. Some of our ideas included a chill out area, a fairy garden, a bug hotel and bird feeders.