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Yeats Among School Children


 Entries to reach us before 4.00p.m Friday March 6th -  Entries should be posted to: Sligo Education Centre,I.T. Campus, Ballinode, Sligo

Sligo  Education Centre, in conjunction with Yeats 2015, the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Teachers/ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) is organising an art/writing competition and book project for primary school children, Yeats Among School Children. This is one of the many events taking place this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prizewinning poet, WB Yeats.

The purpose of the competition is:

To raise awareness among primary school children and their communities of the poetry of WB Yeats
To promote access to,  and enjoyment of the poetry of WB Yeats
To enable pupils to understand the language and imagery used in the poetry and promote greater literacy skills
To encourage the pupils to use visual arts and literacy to express their reaction to and understanding  of the poetry of WB Yeats
We ask participating schools to encourage children to discuss the competition at home further assisting in raising awareness of the poetry of WB Yeats.  

This project involves the following:
An art/writing competition with prizes for winners in each Education Centre catchment area.
The winners’ work will be collated to create a children’s book inspired by the poetry of  WB Yeats.

Children are invited to illustrate or write a poem based on one of William Butler Yeats’ poems selected from the following 2 titles (Sligo Education Centre catchement area): The Fiddler of Dooney or The Cat and the Moon.  

The competition is divided into four age group categories:
Pupils from Junior and Senior Infant classes
Pupils from 1st and 2nd classes
Pupils from 3rd and 4th classes
Pupils from 5th and 6th classes

Schools are restricted to no more than three entries
for each category above.
A book, with all the winning entries, will be published by Yeats2015 in conjunction with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the Association of Teachers/Education Centres in Ireland. The book will be launched at one of the key commemoration events around Yeats’ Birthday, 13th June, and distributed to all primary schools and libraries nationwide. All primary schools will receive two free copies of the book.


The winning children will receive €50 each, and a Certificate of Achievement. All winning entries will be included in the published book.

Competition Entries:

Students can submit one of the following: a drawing or a painting or a poem
Four overall winners will be chosen by Sligo Education Centre.

Recommendation for Judging Entries:

Key criteria for selecting entries from your school should be to focus on individuality, imagination and creative ideas, rather than technical artistic ability.

The Yeats 2015 website
 here also has all details of the competition and further arts and cultural events to mark this year of Yeats, our National Poet.  




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