05 Oct 2022

Derry school children team up with local arts group to create stunning new mural

St. Therese PS 3
PUPILS at a Derry primary school have collaborated with a local arts company to create a bright and welcoming new mural about their favourite things on their ‘journey through school’. St Therese’s Primary School pupils teamed up with UV Arts to bring their ideas to life. The children were asked to share what they loved about their journey through school at St Therese’s and their ideas were then transferred onto a mural the whole length of the retaining at the school. Among their favourite things to do in school were learning Irish, playing football, hurling, movie club, music lessons and carrying out scientific experiments. The mural was unveiled yesterday by past pupil, Ireland international football player and former Derry City player, Joshua Daniels. Rosemary Walsh, Principal at St Therese’s, said that the finished product was ‘an attractive celebration of what makes our school special’. “The finished piece of artwork is a joint effort by the children and the artists – Donal and Karl from UV Arts ( based at The Playhouse, to make our school safe and secure, yet vibrant and eye-catching to celebrate what our children enjoy about school,” she said. “Our children put their ideas down on paper before the artists from UV Arts, transferred them onto the retaining wall. Children, staff, parents and visitors all agree that the finished product is an attractive celebration of what makes our school special.” She said that the mural was officially opened yesterday by former St Therese’s pupil and footballing star, Joshua Daniels. “Joshua visited his primary school for this special occasion,” said Mrs Walsh. “Joshua’s family has had a long association with the school. Everyone was delighted to welcome him back and to acknowledge his achievements since moving on from his old alma mater. “Also in attendance were the entire school community including kitchen staff and representatives from the Board of Governors. “The ribbon to be cut was held by the youngest P1 pupil, Lucy Shields and the oldest P7 pupil, Odhran McLaughlin; what a way to start and end your primary education!” Another reason for celebration at the school was the great contribution of almost £3,000 raised by the children for Trocaire. Mrs Walsh said: “Our children, their families and staff raised £2829.12 for Trocaire’s 2018 Lenten campaign: Until Love Conquers Fear. “Following a talk facilitated by Trocaire’s local representative, Rosin O’Hara, the children contributed daily/weekly to the class’s Trocaire box. “The school organized a ‘Bring and Buy’ and cake sale and a raffle for each Key Stage i.e. P1-P3 and P4-P7. “The cheque was presented to Trocaire and Fr McCaughey, Three Patrons Parish, at a whole school Assembly on Tuesday 12 June 2018.” PICTURED ABOVE - Josh Daniels, a former pupil at the school, pictured cutting the ribbon to launch the new mural. Holding the ribbon are Lucy Shields and Odhran McLaughlin.

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