Involvement in the creative arts has always been an integral part of the education of our students in St. Laurence’s BNS. It is generally recognised that participation in the arts in all its forms engenders confidence, perseverance, focus and the ability to collaborate, share and compromise with peers. Artistically aware students are four times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement than students with limited exposure in this area.
The staff in St. Laurence’s work very diligently at promoting the creative arts ethic throughout the year – Texaco Children’s Art Competition, Witch of the Year, Witchcraft of the Year, Christmas Art Competition, Drama Festival, Cór a nÓg, Slogadh, Slán le Rang a sé, not to mention the many and varied after school clubs and in-class activities that take place daily.
One of the most anticipated events on Laurence’s school calendar is the Texaco Children’s Art Competition. The boys have been enthusiastically entering this competition for many years and have never failed to produce an interesting variety of styles and subject matter. This year is no exception! While we have been awarded many highly commended and special merit awards over the years (Canice McCarthy, 2012) and a 3rd place in Category F (Chen Kelleher, ‘The Gingerbread Cat’) in 2013, we are very pleased to announce that one of our 5th class boys - Luke Joyce – won 1st prize (Category D, 9-11yrs) for his very fine self-portrait this year! It was a great pleasure to be present at the Media Reception in the Royal Hibernian Academy on 17th April and we look forward to Luke receiving his award at a further ceremony in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 30th May. This represents a major achievement for Luke and his family and St. Laurence’s BNS and we wish him every success in reaching his potential in the area of creative arts in the future.
Josephine Curtin, May 2018.