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Gigha to promote positive health and wellbeing through creative arts

Pupils from Gigha Primary School are preparing to host a creative arts festival for children on the island next year as part of innovative approach to promote positive health and wellbeing through creative activities.

The project has been awarded £13,500 following a competitive application process to Education Scotland’s Creative Wellbeing Fund and will see Gigha pupils joining forces with children from Clachan, Achahoish, Rhunahaorine and Glenbarr primaries, to work in partnership with specialist artists and performers in the run up to the main event.

The project, which will take place in May 2022 and will adhere to relevant Covid guidance, will be led entirely by pupils and will include a variety of creative arts, including performance poetry and stand-up comedy.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “This sounds like a wonderful, fun project that will challenge and empower pupils, and will give them a great sense of achievement.

“Creative arts are renowned for boosting confidence, and helping the social, cognitive and emotional development of young people. They stimulate the imagination and provide a centre stage for pupils to express themselves.

“We are committed to ensuring the positive health and wellbeing of our children and young people in Argyll and Bute and creative arts are a tremendous way of doing this. I can’t wait to see what plans the children have and seeing them come to fruition in May.”

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