Above: L-R: Michael McPartland, IFI; Mary O’Donovan, Director, West Cork Education Centre; Mairead Twohig, Principal, St Mary’s Senior School, Dunmanway; Sarah Collins, class teacher; Noel Harrington TD; Jim Daly TD; and students from St Mary’s Senior School, Dunmanway
Fifth and sixth class students from St Mary’s Senior School, Dunmanway, were named National Winners of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s ‘Something Fishy’ competition award at a prize giving ceremony held in the West Cork Education Centre in October.
The students received the award and a €700 prize for their class project ‘The Wonderful Water Kids Show’. Project entries in this year’s competition addressed the themes ‘Water: A Precious Commodity’ and ‘Water Quality and the Environment’. St. Mary’s innovative entry comprised a digital and artistic interpretation of the theme, presented through a video format.
Jim Daly TD and Noel Harrington TD, congratulated the students while presenting the perpetual ‘Something Fishy’ award to the students on behalf of Joe McHugh, Minister for Natural Resources, who was unable to attend the event.
Mairead Twohig, Principal, St Mary’s Senior School, was presented with the school prize by Michael McCarthy TD, at the ceremony. Commenting today, Ms Twohig said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the students of St Mary’s Senior School, who have demonstrated their excellent understanding of water and its huge importance in the world in their ‘Wonderful Water’ project”.
Those addressing the attendees included Mary O’Donovan, Director of West Cork Education Centre and Pat Seaver Director of Blackrock Education Centre. Both educationalists applauded the high production standards of St Mary’s Senior School’s winning project and noted the many teaching and learning experiences emanating from the strand and strand units of history, geography, science in particular, but also through linkages and integration with most subjects in the new curriculum.
Schools interested in participating in the 2015/16 programme should contact their local Education Centre for details.
This year’s winning entry ‘The Wonderful Water Kids Show’ can be viewed online at: www.somethingfishy.ie/blog.html.
For more information, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie.