Magician Keith Barry to visit Corville NS, Roscrea to open ‘wellness garden’

Tipperary Star reporter

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Tipperary Star reporter

Magician Keith Barry to visit Corville NS, Roscrea to open ‘wellness garden’

Keith Barry

On Thursday 14th June, hypnotist, magician and activist for the elderly Keith Barry will visit Corville NS to help open a new wellness garden and wishing well.

Corville N.S. is a DEIS Band 1 disadvantaged school designed to support children who are at greatest risk of educational disadvantage. Our school is a safe and happy place for them to enjoy their childhood. The greater area of Roscrea was hit hard by the economic downturn and as a consequence there is a higher rate of unemployment, drug use and suicide, than average. “This has had a real impact upon our students that the teachers see on a daily basis,” says spokespersoni Felicity Murphy. “As a school under the guidance and leadership of our Principal John Slattery, the staff all work tirelessly to provide our students with the support and guidance they need, providing after-school sports training, quiz club, art and craft classes after school as well as a sustainable school garden.”

“We are always looking for projects that we feel can bring both our school and the local community together to work on nourishing and developing their mental health. Our wishes and worries garden project is just one of many that we are engaged in as a school to try and address the alarming rate of suicide within our community.

“Our wishes and worries project has seen our students involved in the building of a school garden with a wishing well as its centrepiece. The wishing well project has engaged all of our students from initial design to the building and planting with every one of our 320 plus student body placing an individual brick onto the well.

“All of our classes have also contributed in painting, decorating and placing fairy doors to help invite some magic into the garden. The well is at the entrance to our school and is open for our students and their parents/carers to come to on arrival and or departure from school. The students have been encouraged to use this as a place to come and place their wishes and leave their worries. The project has gained much interest and excitement amongst not only the students and the teachers here at Corville but also the local community.”

Readers who feel that they could spare any amount of time to be a part of this project, can contact our school Principal John Slattery by email at office@corvillens.com or felicitymurphy@corvillens.com