Creative Schools

A flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child.

Villiers School is proud to participate in Creative Schools, which is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

In Villiers, this initiative is led by student leaders in our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Below, students Marie Blöcher and Carl Roewer discuss their Creative Schools experience so far.

With Creative Schools, we want to create more opportunities for every student to express themselves in our school. We want to create a variety of places where our school community can come together and feel welcome. We already have concrete plans for an outdoor space and a mural. Everyone involved is having a great time and we hope to present our progress to the school soon.

Marie Blöcher

We started our Creative Schools projects a couple of months ago, and so far, it has been a really valuable experience. Our vision is to try and make Villiers a place that those who walk through our gates a snapshot of what kind of creative and innovative students get the opportunity to come here. Through this, we are being equipped with the skills involved in realising such a task, skills that will surely stand to us when we leave school. Our groups look forward to the moment we can proudly showcase our ideas for the greater good of the school.

Carl Roewer

The Creative Schools initiative supports schools/centres to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. This initiative provides opportunities for children and young people to build their artistic and creative skills; to communicate, collaborate, stimulate their imaginations, be inventive, and to harness their curiosity. It will empower children and young people to develop, implement and evaluate arts and creative activity throughout their schools/centres and stimulate additional ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on children and young people’s learning, development and well-being.