The Presentation Primary School, Scoil Chroí Íosa on Newcastle Road, is the recipient of Baboró’s ‘Above & Beyond' award. Under the stewardship of its Principal, Colin Barry, the school has been recognised for the outstanding work it does in using the creative arts in the everyday teaching of the curriculum, and for instilling a love of the arts in its pupils.
First introduced in 2011, the ‘Above & Beyond' award was created by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children to recognise and reward inspiring individuals, organisations or communities who go ‘Above & Beyond’ to create a culture of creativity which encourages children to access the arts.
Scoil Chroí Íosa has made a conscious decision to integrate the creative arts at the core of its teaching and learning. The school counts itself very lucky to have a wide variety of cultures and traditions among its school population and has chosen to embrace that in order to allow its pupils to flourish.
Commenting on the school’s ethos with regards to art and culture, Principal of Scoil Chroí Íosa, Colin Barry, said:
On receiving the award Principal Colin Barry went on to say:
Speaking on behalf of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Executive Artistic Director, Aislinn ÓhEocha commented:
The ‘Above and Beyond’ award serves as an inspiration for others and is a way of ensuring that the arts are placed centre-stage as an integral part of childrens’ lives. Engaging with the arts teaches children to value the importance of using their imagination. The award also serves as a reminder of the countless individuals who have gone above and beyond their roles and remits to ensure children have the opportunity to experience the arts. Presented every two years by Baboró, previous recipients are Leo Hallissey (2015), Eileen Gibbons (2013) and Sadie Cramer (2011).