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Matt Talbot NS pupils celebrate three in a row

Matt Talbot NS pupils celebrate three in a row

Pupils from a West Belfast school are celebrating after their winning artwork was chosen for the Barnardo’s calendar for the third year in a row.

Two paintings by children from Matt Talbot Nursery School were chosen in the annual children’s charity competition which attracts hundreds of entries from schools throughout the UK and Ireland.

Pupils Emma McDonagh, Sophie McDonald, Olivia McCann and Jordan Dillon were presented with certificates and a prize to mark the achievement by Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile.

“We made a bit of history last year when we became the first nursery school to have back to back pages in the competition and we are absolutely delighted to have two more pieces of work featured in the 2012 calendar,” said Principal Dr Rosemary Ward.

The children’s charity runs the competition throughout its projects to unearth artwork to grace each month of the year, as well as the front and back covers, meaning that two of the 14 pieces of artwork will be from the small Ballymurphy nursery school.

Arthur Webb, BELB Arts Education Adviser, singled out the school’s “inspirational” Art Coordinator Ciara Smith for praise.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate the school and also give a special mention to Ciara for inspiring the children in their artwork. This will be a lasting memory for the children and will hopefully inspire them to greater challenges in life,” he said.

The Lord Mayor added: “This is a huge achievement for a school in the middle of one of the most deprived areas in Europe. Matt Talbot Nursery School is an oasis that provides children with a wonderful platform and that has to be welcomed and commended. I would like to congratulate the children, the parents, the teachers and everyone involved with the nursery.”