Pupils’ work hot off the press

All Schools taking part in the book launch pictured with Deputy Mayor Cllr George Savage.  INLM1812-905jm

All Schools taking part in the book launch pictured with Deputy Mayor Cllr George Savage. INLM1812-905jm

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STUDENTS from eight local schools have just published a new book.

“Snippets of our Imagination” by the Brownlow Cluster involved Brownlow Integrated College, Carrick Primary School, Dickson Primary School, Drumgor Primary School, Lismore Comprehensive, St Anthony’s Primary School, St Brendan’s Primary School and Tullygally Primary School.

Pupils and Teachers of Brownlow Integrated College with Philomena Gallagher Creative Writing Tutor and book Editor.  INLM1812-906jm

Pupils and Teachers of Brownlow Integrated College with Philomena Gallagher Creative Writing Tutor and book Editor. INLM1812-906jm

Each of the schools have their own `as participating with the cluster schools in a wide range of activities.

The Brownlow Cluster was set up as part of the Department of Education’s Extended Schools Programme.

Over the past few years the Brownlow Cluster has provided its pupils with a wide range of opportunites from an academic perspective, sporting, creative and aesthetic.

It aims to tackle the needs and interests of all pupils, especially for those from an under-privileged background.

Pupils and Teachers of Lismore Comprehensive with Philomena Gallagher Creative Writing Tutor and book Editor.  INLM1812-907jm

Pupils and Teachers of Lismore Comprehensive with Philomena Gallagher Creative Writing Tutor and book Editor. INLM1812-907jm

The cluster also aims to make good use of the excellent amenities and facilities the Craigavon area has to offer.

Over the past year the pupils have attended programmes at the Craigavon Watersports and Golf and Ski Centres. They have also taken part in transition programmes at Lismore Comprehensive and Brownlow Integrated College which cater for P6 and P7 pupils endeavouring to transfer to these schools giving them an insight into a new school life and exciting opportunities various subject areas have to offer.

The latest project saw P5 and Year 8 pupils working together to collate a book of poems and stories entitled “Snippets of our Imagination”. Pupils were inspired in their ideas by local author Philomena Gallagher who worked on a detailed programme with the schools every day for four weeks.

The pupils had an excellent time and enjoyed the programme immensely; they grew in confidence, self esteem and developed their literacy skills in creative writing.

Deputy Mayor Cllr George Savage and Philomena Gallagher Creative Writing Tutor/Editor with Pupils who read their Poems at the Launch.   INLM1812-908jm

Deputy Mayor Cllr George Savage and Philomena Gallagher Creative Writing Tutor/Editor with Pupils who read their Poems at the Launch. INLM1812-908jm

The book was launched by Deputy Mayor Councillor George Savage on Friday at a Celebration Event at Brownlow Hub.

This has been a tremendous achievement for the Brownlow Cluster and each of its schools involved.