When it comes to art and design St. Joseph’s Primary School in Dunloy boasts a proud record.
Recently, there have been winners in a Credit Union competition, not only at school level but also regionally.
The latest award was one of the best the school has achieved for some time when one of its pupils, seven-year-old Rhianna Doherty, designed a poster with a road safety theme and promptly had it judged a winner.
Rhianna submitted her work along with posters from her P4 classmates to the Ulster GAA who were promoting the ‘Live to Play’ initiative which has a strong road safety message.
All schools throughout the nine counties of Ulster were eligible to enter with two winners from each. St. Joseph’s was one of the two, the other being St. Comgall’s, Antrim, and last Wednesday Fionntan O’Dowd from the Ulster GAA came along to the school to present Rhianna with her prize – a specially designed back pack.
Her P4 classmates also received the same prize.
Commenting on the standard of the poster, Fionntan told the Times: “We received thousands of entries and Rhianna’s was a stand-out picture. She thoroughly deserved her success.”
Rhianna’s teacher, Mrs. Rosemary Devlin, said the award was “absolutely great”.
She said: “We really have an artistic P4 class at present who have been involved in many competitions. We have had winners and runners-up at school and regional level and this latest award is great.”
Rhianna said it took her two days and a night to design the poster. While admitting she was very surprised to win, she said her daddy thought it was excellent.
The ‘Live to Play’ initiative forms part of a major drive by the Ulster Council to promote road safety in all aspects of life and Fionntan emphasised the message when addressing the pupils.
More details of ‘Live to Play’ can be found on the Ulster GAA website.