As a school we are delighted to be participating in the creative postcard exchange project, along with 45 other schools. The project is being funded by the British Embassy in Ireland and the British council.
Students from Year 8, Year 10 and Year 13 have been creating postcards for the project after being given the title, ‘Climate Change’ as the starting point for their work.
The British Embassy in Dublin will host an exhibition of student work at the end of the project.
After the exhibition the postcards will be ‘exchanged’ and our student’s work will be sent to a student in a participating school and we will receive postcards from other schools in return.
Our Year 10 students explored the theme of ‘Water’ and have referenced their previous study in Year 9 Geography to explore how climate change has been affecting our oceans.
Our Year 8 students have been exploring the topic, ‘Artists inspired by Nature’ and have created postcards by responding to the artist Banksy and exploring themes such as deforestation and the decline of the coral reefs.
Due to our participation in the project, some of our Year 11 and sixth form students were able to participate in a live webinar provided by The National Gallery of Ireland called, ‘The Sun is God’ which explored how the artist, Turner, recorded early atmospheric changes resulting from the industrial revolution in his work.
We were also one of just six schools selected to participate in an online ‘climate action’ workshop with the Rediscovery Centre which took place last term.
In addition, one of our Year 13 students, Catherine, has been asked to present her original artwork to Counsellor Catherine Page, Deputy to the Ambassador from the British Embassy Dublin, who has been supporting the initiative which advocates the arts and collaboration between Ireland and UK schools. The image will also appear on the front cover of their exhibition catalogue – an amazing honour for Catherine! Well done.