Offaly schools are cool

OFFALY schools swept the boards at the 9th Co-operation is Cool Awards prestentation ceremony which attracted an attendance of 350 to the Laois Education Centre on Thursday last.

OFFALY schools swept the boards at the 9th Co-operation is Cool Awards prestentation ceremony which attracted an attendance of 350 to the Laois Education Centre on Thursday last.

Ballyboy NS were the overall winners, with first prize in the post primary and primary categories being scooped by the Sacred Heart School, Tullamore and St Kieran’s NS, Broughal, respectively.

The Co-operation is Cool project is based on the Co-operative Model and has its origins in the book by Teddy Fennelly ‘A Triumph of Co-operation over Adversity’.

Primary, post primary and special schools are invited each year to submit a project which demonstrates strong elements of cooperation but must also have an ICT component. This year, 524 pupils from 8 primary and 5 post primary schools exhibited 18 projects.

The overall prize of an Epson Visualisor was presented by Ray Doyle (Live Services Executive) to Ballyboy NS for their very well presented project on ‘Our Village –Motivation is Co-operation.

Mr Doyle spoke of ‘the importance on co-operation in the local community and pointed out that co-operation was very evident in all the projects on view’. He emphasised that in current economic times that co-operation is vital.

The best new entry prize was sponsored and presented by Gerry Buckley, Director of NIS, Rahan to St Mary’s Secondary School Edenderry for their project on U.R.I.D. (Your ID).

Mr Buckley said that ‘NIS was delighted to be involved in a creative project like this and again commented on the very high standard and commended the staff of Laois Education Centre for their work in this project.’

Rhere were many other prizes presented including Netbooks, Digital Cameras, portable Hard Drives and Memory Keys and these were presented by, John Carroll and Jim Delaney from Glanbia and members of the adjudication panel.

Jim Enright of Laois Education Centre thanked the schools which continue to support the project and welcomed new schools. He also thanked Glanbia for their continued support of the project and the two sponsors NIS, Rahan and ICOS.

He also thanked all in the Centre for their work and for continuing to make this project available to schools and had a particular word of thanks for Yvonne Nolan who managed and co-ordinated all aspects of this project. He further thanked Paddy Bates who has put a lot of work into ensuring that the competition is a success.

Offaly Prize Winners

Overall Winner - Ballyboy NS. Project: ‘Our Village Motivation is Co-operation’. Teacher: Bríd Fleury.

1st Post Primary - Sacred Heart School, Tullamore. Project: ‘Christmas Card Collection’. Teachers: Rachel Farrell, Aoife Healion & Edel Keating.

2nd Post Primary - St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Project: ‘Supreme Badges’. Teacher: Patsy Griffin.

3rd Post Primary - St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Project: ‘Cave Collages’. Teacher: Patsy Griffin.

Merit Award Post Primary - Tullamore College. Project: ‘TY Talk’. Teacher: Renee Gallagher.

New Entrant Post Primary - St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Project: ‘U.R.I.D. (Your ID). Teacher: Patsy Griffin.

Highly Commended Post Primary - Coláiste Naomh Cormac. Project: ‘Fun with French’. Teacher: Camille King.

Highly Commended Post Primary - Coláiste Naomh Cormac. Project: ‘Sticks and Strings’. Teacher: Camille King.

1st Primary - St Kieran’s NS, Broughal. Project: ‘Eco Village’. Teacher: Esther Lambe.