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St Cecilia's hit the right beat at creative schools workshop

Danielle McLaughlin (15) and Alicia Kelly (15) with DJ Kwame Daniels from Bounce Culture. Picture by Martin McKeown

GIRLS are taking part in a series of music-based workshops as part of a push to inject more creativity into the classroom.

St Cecilia's College in Derry is one of 10 post-primary schools taking part in a scheme designed to improve educational outcomes.

With an initial investment of £120,000, the Creative Schools Partnership is being piloted in areas where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension.

It is based on research which indicates that access to quality arts experiences in school can benefit all aspects of learning.

These include better engagement and attendance levels, improving results in other school subjects, increasing confidence and self-motivation, and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Schools are working with artists on a range of creative projects including, script writing, music, journalism, photography, film making, animation, ceramics and digital fabrication.

The pilot is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Education Authority and Urban Villages Initiative.

At St Cecilia's, girls have been working with Bounce Culture for a series of music-based workshops.

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