There was an air of excitement in St. Emer’s National School of late as the finishing touches were being put on the “mini-me” project which showcased on Monday and Tuesday in Mean Scoil Muire . The Transition Year students in Meán Scoil Mhuire Longford came up with the idea with the hopes of bringing the community together and raising awareness about recycling together with 4th and 6th class from St. Emer’s.
The two schools assembled every Tuesday and Wednesday morning over five weeks to prepare in their groups. Each group was assigned a different category and sub-category, and costumes were created by the students themselves using recycled materials, including bottle caps, cardboard, bottles, tin foil, toilet roll holders, old clothes, lollipop sticks, netting and plastic bags.
The talent and creativity shown by each student can be seen from not only the range of costumes; from James Bond and Barbie to farmers, footballers and priests, but in the work put into each piece, and the quality of their crafts. As well as creating their own costumes, each group also chose suitable music to compliment their costumes and, in some cases, worked on choreography to further add to the entertainment.
The end product of their weeks of hard work is a fashion show, organised, produced and presented by the Transition Year students, where the schools got the chance to show off the project as a whole. Each group will be interviewed by the presenters after their piece, where they were asked questions about their outfits, recycling and the project itself.
Teachers Anita Griffin, Linda Hayes and Maree Kiernan guided the students along the way, and agreed that it was a great experience for all involved. Ms. Griffin, the Transition Year coordinator in Scoil Mhuire explained that it was a community effort, saying; “It was really the coming together of two schools, and it put an emphasis on peer learning.” Linda Hayes, 4th class teacher in St. Emer’s added “[St. Emer’s] got their green flag recently, so it tied in really well.”
The teachers wish to thank all that helped out with the project, particularly the schools and their principals, Paul Costello and Sinead Smith, for allowing the classes to take part. Sincere thanks also go to Longford County Council and their Environment Awareness Officer Gary Brady who sponsored the event, and to the parents of the students for all their help and support. The groups got the chance to show off their incredible work to their schools on Monday and Tuesday , finishing up with a show for parents, friends and relatives last night, Tuesday, in Meán Scoil Mhuire.