Two Laois Schools have been designated Creative Schools, while four others have become part of a Creative Cluster.
Welcoming the news, Minister Pippa Hackett explained how the six will now receive funding for arts, culture and creativity.
Newtown NS, Crettyard, and Scoil Phadraig Naofa BNS, Mountmellick, have been added to the Creative Schools Programme.
They have each been awarded a grant of €3,100.
While Holy Family Senior School, Holy Family Junior School, St Colman’s National School and Scoil Bhríde have become part of a Creative Cluster.
The four of these have been awarded €1,000 each.
164 new schools nationwide have joined the Creative Schools Programme this September, while 72 schools will join the Schools Excellence Fund
“These six schools will now receive funding to support their arts, culture and creativity,” says Minister Hackett.
“It will give their pupils a richer learning experience, nurturing their creativity and helping them to develop their talents. Creativity is hugely important to the wellbeing our young people.
“My colleague, Culture Minister Catherine Martin has announced that 164 new schools nationwide have joined the Creative Schools Programme this September, while 72 schools will join the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters.”
A total investment in both programmes this year of €3.6 million will see each participating Creative School being awarded a grant of €3,100, while each Creative Cluster will receive an additional €1,000 per school for 2020.