Pushkin Pathway Programme


On Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June students in 9B were fortunate enough to participate in the Pushkin Pathway Programme.

The Pushkin Trust is synonymous with creativity, inspiration and expression of the voice. Inspired by her ancestor, Alexander Pushkin, the great Russian poet, Sacha Abercorn planted the seed of the Pushkin Trust aiming to ‘unite children and adults in the common bond of creativity which transcends all the factors which otherwise might divide them’.

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.

On Tuesday, Artist and Pushkin Trust facilitator, Bronagh Corr along with English teacher Mrs Celia Duncan lead practical workshops based on the theme ‘A Shower of Silver’.

On Wednesday the students spent the day at Baronscourt Estate. Along with students from Drumragh Integrated they came together for a day of discovering environmental and creative expression through workshops with professional facilitators. The pupils worked in mixed groups alongside teachers, taking part in activities facilitated by artists, writers, actors, musicians and environmentalists.

Hopefully this experience has encouraged the pupils in 9B to find their ‘voice’ and provided the inspiration for future creativity.  Many thanks to Denise Mullan and Michelle Garvey for inviting us to participate and to Mrs Duncan for facilitating this fantastic experience.

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