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Catch Up With the Schools: December 2018

Here at the National Office we are always in awe of the innovative and inspiring work being done by our network of both primary and secondary schools. We were, therefore, very excited to see a number of schools being recognised and rewarded this month for the groundbreaking projects and programmes they've been undertaking. From preserving fisheries to running for the European Parliament, catch up with the schools below...


'Something Fishy' at Letterkenny Educate Together National School

Letterkenny Educate Together National School has been named winner of the national education programme, ‘Something Fishy’. The ‘Something Fishy’ education programme is an initiative of Inland Fisheries Ireland, in partnership with Blackrock Education Centre, which allows students to learn about fish and the environment in a local context.

Letterkenny Educate Together School received the national accolade after being commended for their project called ‘Save Our Schools (SOS)’.The project saw the class build a website aimed at engaging other children and young people to learn about fish and the importance of protecting the fisheries resource. You can read more about their incredible acheivement here and don't forget to check out their award-winning website!


Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School TY Students Runners Up in Euroscola Competition 2018

Transition Year students from Hansfield ETSS were named ‘runners up’ in the Dublin category of this year’s Euroscola competition for their video on the refugee crisis in Ireland. The competition, run by the European Parliament Liaison Office, asked students to take inspiration from the big democratic advances of 1918, when women in Ireland won the right to vote, and for the first time a woman was elected to both Dáil Éireann and the House of Commons, and describe the issues most important to them.

One winning school was selected from each of Ireland's three European constituencies, along with a runner-up prize in each constituency. Students from Hansfield will travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and experience a day as an MEP, joining their peers from across Europe engaging in the EU decision-making process through debates, negotiations with their colleagues, voting and adopting resolutions on topical European issues. 


Yellow Flags for Holywell Educate Together National School & Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School 

Holywell ETNS & Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School were two of the 14 primary and secondary schools receiving flags this month at a ceremony held in Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre. The flag is a recognition of each school's participation in Ireland’s Yellow Flag Programme, a nationwide initiative to combat racism by celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion in education.

To be awarded Yellow Flag Programme status, a school must complete an eight-step process and meet equality standards that challenge identity bullying and celebrate cultural diversity. You can read more about the ceremony and the Yellow Flag Programme here


Celbridge Community School named among Gaelfhíseán na Bliana winners

Following on from the success of Indreabhán’s Coláiste Lurgan whose videos in Irish have gone viral and been watched millions of times all over the world, over 300 schools from every county in Ireland have taken part in a national video competition as part of Bliain na Gaeilge. Gaelfhíseán na Bliana, held by Conradh na Gaeilge, attracted over 300 entries with students from primary and secondary schools participating in the competition.

Schools were invited to create a short video featuring a song in Irish and students had to produce, record and edit the final product. The winning schools - one from each county - were each presented with a cheque for €1,000 last week. The winners from County Kildare were our very own Celbridge Community School! You can check out their winning entry here.

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