The Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald paid her first visit to Kilkenny City last week, where she met students from a wide variety of primary schools and to saw first hand some of their literacy projects.
The Minister met the students in Kilkenny Education Centre as part of a promotion of the literacy initiatives running in the Centre for the past year. On arrival, she was met by the Director of Kilkenny Education Centre Paul Fields, and by chairperson Eithne Mckenna.
A group of Samba Drummers from SN Móin Ruadh greeted the Minister as she arrived. The samba drumming initiative is part of a project run by the education centre where schools can borrow the drums for a period of time in order to teach students about music beat and rhythm.
Minister Fitzgerald’s first port of call was a visit to see students involved in a craft project. This involved a thematic craft journey with students from Gaelscoil Osraí, through the Titanic. The Minister was also treated to a demonstration in felt-making by students from Ballinkillen NS, as well as a beautiful felt mosaic by students from Scoil Bhride NS, Paulstown.
She was shown some beautiful ceramic work by students from Piltown NS, and some craft slippers from students in SN Móin Ruadh. Work from Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Slieverue, was also on display.
The Director of Kilkenny Education Centre Paul Fields described the craft work as imaginative and creative. He thanked the Craft Council of Ireland for the instigation of the initiative which is now running in over 100 schools nationwide.
During the visit, the Minister also met students involved in a variety of other projects including Scríobh Leabhar, Write a Poem, Farm Safety, and Something Fishy, as well as a group of students from St John’s Junior school involved in a literacy project entitled First Steps.
Minster Fitzgerald met all of the children, and she complimented all involved in the imaginative and creative projects. She expressed her appreciation to the principals, teachers and parents for their commitment to education and to the promotion of child-friendly educational initiatives. She congratulated Kilkenny Education Centre on its work with schools.
The event finished with a celebration of music from St Canice’s Co-educational primary school. They played music, via three different string quartets throughout the visit, a fitting way to mark National Music Day and to finish off the visit from the Minister for Children.