Students at Gaelscoil Chluainín in Co. Leitrim bring Jack B. Yeats’ work to life

Teachers and pupils at Gaelscoil Chluainín, Manorhamilton in County Leitrim have been very busy participating in our outreach schools programme The Toy Theatre this autumn. The Model developed this exciting school programme in collaboration with Branar, Téatar do Pháistí, Ireland’s leading children’s theatre company. With inclusivity at its heart, we commissioned an English and Irish version, which opened up the programme to Gaelscoils. In Gaelscoil Chluainín tremendous excitement was building up in the school weeks before the project was due to start, as children experimented and played around with ideas and maquettes in advance. We are delighted to have such positive response from the teachers Searan and Mairead, who shared with us their students comments. Feedback is mainly in the Irish language, with English translation.

Míle buíochas gach duine sa Model agus Branar

"Thug an tionscadal seo beocht aghus beatha do saothar Jack B Yeats. Spreag sé suim na ndaltaí  i mbealach nárbh fhéidir linne a dhéanamh. Gach lá bhéidís ag cur ceist "an féidir linn na toy theatres a dhéanamh inniu?". Gan na ceardlanna ó Branar ní bheadh an toradh céanna ann. Agus an rud is fearr faoi dúinne sa Ghaelscoil; ná go raibh sé uilig trí mheán na Gaeilge. Míle buíochas gach duine sa Model agus Branar.

Teachers Searan and Máiréad, Gaelscoil Chluainín, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

Many thanks to everyone in The Model and Branar

The project brought Jack B Yeats’ work to life. It stimulated the students’ interest in a way that we could not. Every day they were asking ‘can we do the toy theatres today?” Without the workshops from Branar the result would not have been the same. And the best thing about it was that it was all through the medium of Irish. Many thanks to everyone in The Model and Branar.

Teachers Searan and Máiréad, Gaelscoil Chluainín, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

Harmony, Lilly, Érin agus Abi - "Is bealach iontach é scéal a insint."  - “It’s a great way to tell a story.”

Tommy - "My favourite bit was writing the script."

Cian -  "I loved painting it green."

Labhra -  "Bhí an spraoi is mó leis na carachtéirí agus na cúlraí." - “We had the most fun with the characters and background.”

Sadhbh Ní C  agus Emily - "Bhí na ceardlanna ó Branar ar fheabhas." - “The workshops from Branar were excellent.”

Sadhbh Nic G -  "Thaitin na carachtéirí go mór liomsa go háirithe Theodore." - “I really liked the characters, especially Theodore.”

Tadhg -  "Is breá liom ag obair le cairtchláir." - “I love working with cardboard.”

Conall -  "I really enjoyed painting, it was great fun."

Adam -  "It was a fun process building the theatre".

Ruarí - "D'fhoghlaim mé conas obair le chéile." - “I learned how to work together.”

Dillon -  "It was very cool to make the characters and the story".

James - "Thaitin sé linn ag obair le Branar agus The Model Theatre Sligo." - “We loved working with Branar and The Model, Sligo.”

Oisín -  "It was very creative."

Alan -  "We had lots of fun making the toy theatres".

Kate -  "It helped us a lot with our craftsman skills, putting together the 3D ships and all the backdrops."

Amy agus Éilis -  "Bhí sé an-spraoiúil ag foghlaim faoi Jack B Yeats." - “It was a lot of fun learning about Jack B Yeats.”

Kate agus Morlin -   "Is breá linn ag obair lena chéile ar na hamharclanna beaga." - “We loved working together on the small theatres.”

Poppy, Neil, Callum, Ethan, Donnacha, Saoirse - "Is breá linn go raibh gach theatre chomh difiriúil.” - “We love that every theatre was so different.”

Arthur – “Bhí an chúlra an chuid is fearr liom." - “The background was my favourite.”

Students at Gaelscoil Chluainín, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim. 


Go raibh mile maith agat Gaelscoil Chluainín.

Thank you to the teachers and all the students at Gaelscoil Chluanín, we love your feedback.

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