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Glengad school wins national award 26.10.22

PUPILS from Scoil Cholmchille primary school in Glengad have won the inaugural Marine Institute’s Explorers Ocean Champions Award. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD presented the national award to the school on Monday 24th October 2022.
Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine presented the Marine Institute's Explorers Ocean Champions Award to Jack McLaughlin (past pupil), Noah McDaid, Lily Doherty and Gavin McColgan (past pupil) representing their school Scoil Cholmcille, Glengad.
Congratulating the pupils, Minister McConalogue said: “the Explorers Ocean Champion awards recognises the effort, commitment and collaboration of the children, their teachers and the wider community, working together to learn about the importance of the ocean, as well as our unique maritime culture and heritage. I warmly congratulate all of the children of Scoil Cholmchille on winning this award for creating what is a unique and inspirational project and wish to thank their teachers and members of the local community in Malin who assisted them”.

School principal Mary Harkin welcoming the award said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the national prize for the Explorer's Ocean Champion Award. Our pupils are innately interested in the maritime heritage of their local coastal area and are keenly aware of the importance of the sea, as a life- giving source, as well as being very conscious of the dangers inherent in making a living from the sea. We view this award as testament to the close working, supportive relationship between the school and the local community and we would like to dedicate this award to all those from the area who have lost their lives to the sea."
Charlie McConalogue TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine joins John Bonner, traditional boat builder and pupils Lucy Kelly, Aela Doherty, Tiernan McColgan, Keelan McDaid, Jack McLaughlin (past pupil) and Gavin McColgan (past pupil) to learn more about local marine heritage and traditional boat building.
For their project ‘Save our Seas’, the children learned about the links between the local community and the marine environment. They also engaged in real marine science activities taking and examining plankton samples from the ocean, learning the lifecycle of salmon, and also studying local seaweeds. The children created songs, ‘Save our Seas’ posters and engaged with local traditional boat builders led by John Bonner and their community, to learn about boats and local fishing practices.
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