Causing a Commotion in the Atlantic Ocean

CausingACommotionInTheAtlanticOceanA hearty congratulations to the Transition Year team Sarah Heavenor, Luke Costelloe, Nathan Goldberg, Simeon Grahl, Jack Hanley, Michael Kelly and Dara Mills and Ms. Marie Keane from the Salesian Secondary College Pallaskenry on winning the Shannon Foynes Port Compass Competition with their project ‘Causing a Commotion in the Atlantic Ocean’.  The schools competition COMPASS (Creating our Marine Ports and Schools Synergy) was launched in October and our team worked extremely hard in preparing a fantastic project.  The team had to explore the concept of ‘Great Ships Need Deep Water’.  Foynes Port has been identified by the EU as a hugely important port because of our strategic location between Europe and America.

Our students won the fantastic COMPASS trophy specially commissioned for the competition, an iPad each, a specially commissioned gold medal to mark the event and €2,000 for the school.  We sincerely thank Pat Keating from SFPC, Evelyn Adams and Hugh Conlon School Liaison officers in SFPC and all the staff from the port company for organising the event, their hospitality on the day of the competition and their generosity with the great prizes for the students and the school.

The students while engaging with the project learned many new skills including presentation skills mentored by Aine Barry of Irish Business Training.  They also of course developed expertise in IT, team work, communication, working with numeracy percentages, working with Prezi presentations, 3D modelling, managing new information and thinking and being creative.  All these elements are core to what we strive to achieve with all students in our school.  The opportunities to explore these area happen in Transition Year through projects like the Compass Competition.  These skills are also central to the New Junior Cycle Programme which our school is engaging with.  We are very proud of the great achievement of this student team and of their winning this competition.

Take a look at the SFPC Promotion Video from last Friday’s event