Stars of all ages gathered at Lagan College in Belfast on 04 October to celebrate creativity in integrated schools. Actor, writer and director Dan Gordon introduced the Carson Awards Showcase, featuring projects on the theme of integration. The audience of students, staff, parents and IEF supporters enjoyed an exhibition of entries to the Carson Prizes followed by extracts of films made by students, and a performance by Lagan College dancers, all produced through the Carson Bursary scheme.
Trophies were presented to representatives of seven integrated schools by Baroness May Blood, IEF Campaign Chair. IEF director Marie Cowan thanked everyone for their contribution and encouraged all integrated schools to enter the next round of Carson Awards.
The scheme, which is run by the IEF, is funded by the Carson family and named as a tribute to their father, the late comedian Frank Carson.
The Carson Awards scheme has two parts: 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 11-14. The scheme offers students the opportunity to express themselves through art, music, film, dance and drama.
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