April 19, 2021

Waterford pupils win Gold at national disability art competition

Pupils at a West Waterford rural school are celebrating after they were awarded a gold plaque in a prestigious art competition which raises awareness about people with disabilities.

The senior class pupils of Ballycurrane NS in Clashmore were named Senior County Winners of the schools’ county art competition, Someone Like Me, in November and went on to collect a gold plaque award  at an awards ceremony in Dublin City Hall this week.

The competition, which is supported by the National Disability Authority, attracted more than 2,600 entries from national schools across the  country.

Now in its fourth year, Someone Like Me aims to raise disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities.

Teachers and pupils at Ballycurrane NS worked through a special lesson plan which challenged them to respond artistically and creatively to the theme of Someone Like Me.

The judges were particularly impressed with the submission from the Senior Classroom and teacher Kevin Gough at Ballycurrane National School, selecting them as County Winners based on their insightful and inspirational responses to the theme.

PHOTO: Class pupil Ava Ryan is pictured with Treasa Ryan and Director of the National Disability Authority, Siobhan Barron.  Pic Finbarr O’Rourke.


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