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The Smart Pupils at Tullow Boys School Wins a ‘Dulux Smarter Spaces’ Makeover

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dulux Smarter Spaces

“Our world is grey
Another ordinary day
Our school is dreary
Our pupils are weary
We are tired and blue
What can we do …”

Tullow Boys School has outdone itself in a creative bid to win their school a Dulux paint and colour design makeover worth €6,500. The Dulux Let’s Colour Project launched their Smarter Spaces national competition in association with the Department of Education and the RIAI earlier this year whereprimary and secondary students were invited to share their thoughts on why their school needed some colourful help from Dulux. 

Tullow Boys School Wins a ‘Dulux Smarter Spaces’ Makeover


The children at Tullow Boys School produced a creative video using poetry, song, even creating their own lifesize Dulux tin costume that stole the show. 

Tullow Boys School - Competition Entry - Dulux 2017 - https://youtu.be/M1GGx_HEaZo

Over 87 entries came in from across the country, Paul Deere of Dulux Paints Ireland comments, “Dulux is just delighted to support Irish schools with a injection of colour, making the children’s day to day school lives so much more creative and cheerful. From simply lifting a mood and raising a smile to sparking a new idea and helping children focus, colour has a central role to play in making each day brighter, happier and more rewarding.  The Tullow boys’ poem really said it all – It’s a well-deserved win they can be proud of!”

According to Sandra Campbell, Education Manager, RIAI, “The Tullow Boys School entry comprised a film that cleverly and concisely introduced the pupils and their journey to design a new colour scheme for their school. The film followed a very clear and engaging storyline. The production featured singing, dancing, model making, artwork, poetry, the use of the technology (in the form of the Dulux Visualiser app) and a tour of the school building. It was clear that all the pupils, irrespective of age, contributed. It looks like the pupils at Tullow Boys School had a lot of fun working on this project – well done!”

Stephen Lynam, Senior Technical Officer, Department of Education and Skills, comments “Tullow Boys School told a story that was engaging and well thought out. The submission demonstrated that, with participation and effort from everyone in the school, great things can be achieved. It demonstrated the hard work by the pupils and school staff in putting together a fantastic story with songs, music, dance, art, models and use of technology. The use of Dulux tradenames and some new innovative Dulux characters … Mr. Paint Tin meant they nailed the brief.”

The two runners up, each winning prizes worth €1,000, were St Bernadette's Special School in Montenotte Cork and Larkin Community College in North Dublin.

Now in its second year, the Dulux programme has been designed to support Irish schools, many of which are badly in need of painting and the introduction of colour to create smarter fun spaces where the children will enjoy spending time.

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