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Artigarvan Primary School 31 Berryhill Road Artigarvan Strabane

The Pushkin Trust

Artigarvan Primary School is hoping to be involved in this innovative and interesting programme again this year.

At the core of the Pushkin Trust’s work is the Schools’ Programme which is a cross-curricular, cross-community and cross-border project involving primary, secondary, Irish medium and special needs schools.

The initiative retains creative writing as the central core of activity and is supplemented by other creative art forms , using the environment as an important source of inspiration.

The programme is  launched in October with a residential weekend for our participating teachers. Artists lead practical workshops based on the annual theme which is then adopted into the programme and integrated into teaching. Previous annual themes include ‘Roots’, ‘The Fire Within’, ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Go with the Flow’. 

‘Pushkin Days’ are held in the spring term at Baronscourt Estate. These involve classes from two or more schools coming together for a day of discovering environmental and creative expression through workshops with professional facilitators. Pupils work in mixed groups alongside teachers, taking part in activities facilitated by artists, dancers, writers, actors, musicians and environmentalists. Two of these facilitators will also visit the participating schools to work on-site with the children to develop the annual theme further.

All Pushkin schools hold their own Celebration Day in May/June with an exhibition of the project work created by pupils and teachers during the six-month programme. Participating schools receive Pushkin plaques and award certificates.