Creative Schools Award

We are delighted to announce that Rathfarnham Educate Together is one of 150 schools nationwide to have been awarded the opportunity to engage with Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative, an initiative which aims to ‘put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives’.

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.

This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.

 The Arts Council received applications from close to 400 schools from across the country to participate in Creative Schools from September 2018. We are delighted to announce that RETNS was one of the successful applicants and participation in this exciting initiative will be a whole school community endeavour.

Well done to our members of staff who devoted their considerable expertise and a lot of time into preparing the proposal for application. The success of the application brings with it €2,000 to spend on arts education in the school. Beginning in September, the school will be assigned a ‘creative associate’ who will work with staff in progressing ideas and bringing the project together. We all look forward to exciting times ahead in this initiative!

Minister Katherine Zappone TD tweets her congratulations below:


Art is already a major part of our school curriculum, both as a stand-alone subject and as part of cross-curricular work. Children and staff will enjoy developing this area as part of the Creative Schools initiative.