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Saint Patrick's High School, Keady, Co Armagh

Cross Border "Peace Project"

6th Jun 2013
Cross Border "Peace Project"

Students engage in PEACE III through Cross-Border Art Project

Co. Monaghan VEC, through its PEACE III Project ‘Bonding Beyond Boundaries to Promote Inclusiveness’, has been engaging youth and school groups in Monaghan and the surrounding border counties to form bonds beyond their normal geographical, religious, cultural and organisational boundaries. This project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development fund through the PEACE III Programme and funded through Monaghan PEACE III Partnership.

Transition & 5thYear Students in the Art Department of Inver College have recently taken part in a Cross-Border initiative with students from St. Patrick’s High School, Keady, aimed at encouraging creativity engagement by collaborating together to produce a felt banner inspired by the theme Peace & reconciliation and the creative design concept of Rivers of PEACE. Under the guidance of specialist art tutor, Laura Kidd, the two schools met in the art department of St. Patrick’s High School over two consecutive days to design and create a handmadebanner.

The banner adorned with visual symbols and text creates a personalised visual outcome which illustrates the students own thoughts and opinions on the meaning of Peace. Once the art piece was completed it was separated into two interlocking pieces so that each school will be able keep one piece thus creating a unique and meaningful link between the two cross border schools, and one that will remain on show for all students to see.

On Thursday 16th May in the Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney, the two schools officially handed over their respective ‘halves’ to each other schools. Art Teacher Margaret Reburnfrom Inver College and Rosie Finn from the Art Department in St. Patrick’s High School are both delighted with the co-operative engagement and the creative responses of students from both sides of the border in addition to the strengthening of the relationship between both schools.

The participating teachers felt that ‘this project offered an opportunity for the young people of Co. Monaghan and Co. Armagh to come together and collectively create a unique art piece under the heading of PEACE while ultimately building friendships between the students and the schools’.

If your school or youth club is interested in taking part in similar cross border projects please contact Alan Ryan, Co. Monaghan VEC on 047 30888 for more information.