“May is not only the beginning of summer for the children of the after-school in Muire Gan Smal – it is also the time we get working on our entries for the Kingdom County Fair,” facility manager Kathleen Brosnan revealed.
“The theme for the group entry was a picture or collage made completely of recycled material. We begin with getting a group together from the children that attend the afterschool. They get to share their ideas and think about what they would like to make.
Lots of Colour
“They are then asked to collect lots of different materials with lots of colour and textures that they may otherwise put in the bin.
“They chose to design a house on a hill in the country with lots of animals plants and trees.
The materials they used were very varied from caps of bottles, brown paper bags, old magazines and card-board.
“We had 26 six children working together for a few weeks to get this collage completed. They were assisted by Cecile Augereau an artist who is a member of the afterschool staff.
Delighted with the News
“The children were delighted with the news that they came first in this group section and the project really benefited them.
“They have great fun working together. They are encouraged to think creatively and they also see how things that have already been used may be recycled. It also helps to build confidence among the children especially with this kind of project as there is no right way / wrong way to do a collage and they were delighted to receive their prizes and trophy.
“We also had a number of individual entries and in these sections we had seven prize winners. Again we had some recycled entries like card making and painted stones.
“ Our prize winners were: Micheal O’Shea, Roisin O’Mahony, Muireann Hickey, Maja Moskal, Marcela Ksiazek, Gabija Kulikauskaite and Wictoria Brzozka. The children and the staff were delighted with the success of the project,” said Ms. Brosnan.