Celebrate their Differences

NO REPO FEE 16-9-2015 CHILDREN URGED TO “CELEBRATE THEIR DIFFERENCES” 

Pic shows: Children’s author and rugby analyst Brent Pope  with primary school pupils (L-R) Misha Carroll (7) , Ruben  Pituc (7), Emma Moran (6) and Giancarlo Calegari (7) of Gardiner Street Convent School at the launch of Primary School competition promoting positive attitudes towards disabilities in Ireland in Dublin.
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CHILDREN URGED TO “CELEBRATE THEIR DIFFERENCES” 

BRENT POPE JOINS MINISTER OF STATE AODHÁN Ó RÍORDAIN T.D. TO LAUNCH PRIMARY SCHOOLS COMPETITION PROMOTING POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS DISABILITIES IN IRELAND

Children’s author and rugby analyst Brent Pope took time out of his busy schedule ahead of the Rugby World Cup to join Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin T.D. and pupils from schools across Dublin including Gardiner Street Convent School, CRC School in Clontarf and St. Audoens, National School, Cook St today in Merrion Square to promote positive attitudes towards disability in schools around the country with the launch of a national primary schools essay competition entitled ‘Someone Like Me’. 

With over 53,000 children under 15 years of age with disabilities in Ireland, primary schools around the country are being asked to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in the Department of Justice and Equality’s competition and celebrate the differences which make both themselves and their schoolmates unique. ‘Someone Like Me’ – New national primary schools essay competition

With over 53,000 children under 15 years of age with disabilities in Ireland, primary schools around the country are being asked to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in the Department of Justice and Equality’s competition and celebrate the differences which make both themselves and their schoolmates unique.

Brent Pope, rugby pundit author of many children’s books including Woody the Whale, The Wheezing Wolf, Bones, Arnold The Anteater and The Adventures of Herbie will be one of the judges of the competition. He will join Galway children’s author Deirdre Sullivan and a range of other judges to choose the national winner.

Essays can be submitted in writing up to 200 words in length; or as an audio or video recording of up to 5 minutes.  Each school will be limited to one entry – the method of selecting this entry will be left up to each school. The overall winner will be announced at an event to be held in December 2015.

competition websiteEach winning student, at both county and national level, will receive vouchers for arts materials in the form of books, audio or video.  The overall national winner’s school will also receive computer, audio and video equipment. Schools are urged to get as many students as possible involved in this fantastic competition, which encourages children of all ages to celebrate the differences which make them unique.  To download information, additional lesson plans and posters, schools can log on to www.primaryschoolscompetition.com

Entries can be emailed to schoolscompetition@insightconsultants.ie or uploaded to www.primaryschoolscompetition.com by clicking the ‘Submit Entry’ tab. Closing Date for receipt of entries is Friday, 23rd October 2015

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