Free “Heritage in Schools” visits for Kilkenny Primary Schools

The Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, and the Heritage Council, invite all primary schools in the county to sign up for a FREE “Heritage in Schools” visit.

The Heritage in Schools Scheme is a heritage education programme, developed and coordinated by the Heritage Council, which provides Garda vetted heritage specialists to visit primary schools to teach children about heritage.

Normally the Heritage Council pays 50% of the cost and the school pays 50%.  However, in order to make this unique resource available to more children in Kilkenny, the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council and Creative Ireland have provided funding to provide 1 free visit to each school in the county.

Photo Courtesy of Orla Bates

Last year 55 primary schools, and over 6,000 children in Kilkenny took part in the programme and the feedback from the schools was fantastic. According to Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer with Kilkenny County Council “We’d like to reach even more schools this year. And we’ve introduced a new themed approach whereby all visits will focus on Kilkenny’s’ biodiversity and pollinators – a small action to help address the current climate and biodiversity emergency.”

Maria Walsh, Heritage in Schools Co-ordinator, says “The scheme is a fantastic educational resource for Kilkenny schools; it supports the aims of the Social Environmental Scientific and Education (SESE) curriculum; and is of particular value to any schools taking part in the Green Schools Biodiversity theme”.

To register your school for this exciting opportunity download the form here, complete and return, by post, to Bernadette Roberts, Heritage Office, Johns Green House, Johns Green, Kilkenny or by email to Bernadette.roberts@kilkennycoco.ie

This is an opportunity not to be missed and as places are filling up fast complete your form now!

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