I was so proud of Class 9 Donard, Abbey Grammar School, Newry when they were recently presented with the Seamus Heaney Award for Achievement 2017 for their poetry. The work resulted from a series of workshops delivered through Community Arts Partnership (CAP) ‘Poetry in Motion – Schools’ project.
In her report of their journey to the stage at the Ulster Hall for CAP’s The Weekly newsletter, English teacher, Roisin Kelly, said, “…the boys produced plenty of tanka, they were also encouraged to bring in meaningful objects and to use images, photos and paintings as inspiration. They were even wielding pastels to illustrate their work on one occasion to help draw out imagery within the poems…what the boys really responded to was the creative freedom. They weren’t confined to any particular subject or poetic form, the way they might have been in an English assessment task…it has been a joy to see the delight and enthusiasm that this scheme has generated.”
The pupils’ award winning words and images have been published in the project’s latest schools’ anthology, A Word in the Hand.