Inspiration and integration to the fore in the Carson Prizes

Seven integrated schools have gained top honours in the 2018 Carson Prize scheme. The scheme is funded by the Carson family and named as a tribute to their father, the late comedian Frank Carson. The competition recognises and develops creative talents in integrated schools.

The theme for entries is “What Integrated Education Means to Me” and submissions can be through any creative medium, including visual arts, drama, or music. The judges were this year once again faced with a difficult task as they were presented with a range of work of a very high standard.

Inspiration and integration to the fore in the Carson PrizesThe pupils of Millennium Integrated Primary School win the Key Stage 1 First Prize with Crumlin and Windmill IPS coming joint winners at Key Stage 2.  There is a special award for creativity at Key Stage 1, given to a poem by Imogen Niamh Taylor at Corran IPS.

Se Stewart of Shimna Integrated College wins a special Key Stage 4 prize for creativity, for his video. The Key Stage 3 winner is also a video, in this case from Jonathan McCrea of Drumragh IC. The Key Stage 4 prize goes to a sculpture by Nathan Hood of New-bridge IC.

The Carson Awards scheme has two parts and offers opportunities to students of all ages at integrated schools to express themselves through art, music, film, dance and drama.

The Carson Prizes are for finished work by pupils of all ages at integrated schools.

The Carson Bursaries provide funding to complete a project with the theme “What integrated education means to me”.   The Bursaries are open to applicants from years 12, 13 and 14. Previous winners have included short films, original songs and drama productions.

The entries to both parts of the Carson Awards will be showcased at a celebration in the autumn