As part of the design for the school renovations in 2015, a raised section of concrete was built at the front of the school. Although the Architects’ plan had been to leave this in it’s natural, grey state, we thought that a “softer” touch would be more appealing to the students and parents passing this area on a daily basis.
Step forward two wonderfully gifted parents, artist, Antoinette O’Neill and artistic, Gill Gorman. Our brief to Antoinette and Gill was this: we wanted to somehow showcase all the various activities the children are involved in; sports, arts, drama, music and, of course, academic pursuits.
Antoinette and Gill put their creative thinking caps on and came up with the concept.
Initially the plan was for a black and white scheme, but it was agreed that colour would work best. As a funny coincidence, the colours selected are similar to the window frames which were later installed to the front of the school.
The school funded the paint, however, the hours and hours of labour were completed by our wonderful volunteers, Antoinette and Gill.
Last year, Mr Dempsey’s 2014/15 6th Class students also helped out with small sections of the mural, thereby leaving their mark before moving on from Scoil Bhríde.
Antoinette and Gill returned again during May 2106 to freshen up and re-seal the paint. This involved an additional 10 hours of work. With this in mind, we would be so grateful if parents and pupils alike ensure the mural cared for and not damaged in any way.
Thank you Antoinette, Gill & Student Helpers!
You may also be interested to know that the "Butterfly Garden", situated where our current Junior Infants Class exit at pick up time, was also conceived and created by Antoinette and a team of able helpers.
We will fill you in on the Butterfly story just after the Summer holidays. More to come in September...stay tuned!