Pupils show off their super science skills in St Mary's NS

By Amy Lewis

Published 23/07/2016 | 00:00

Pupils of Tagoat NS with their Discover Science and Maths Award and school principal Fiona Whelan and Yvette Walsh.
Pupils of Tagoat NS with their Discover Science and Maths Award and school principal Fiona Whelan and Yvette Walsh.

Excitement was brewing in St Mary's NS in Tagoat recently as the school held a science day to celebrate their award for excellence in Science and Maths.

Presented by Science Foundation Ireland, the award recognised the school's commitment to the promotion of science and maths. A plaque was unveiled at the school on the day, while every child received a certificate from SFI to mark the achievement.

Science experiments were carried out in all classrooms during an open morning. Parents and visitors from the local community popped in to see the fun - from boat and bridge building to hydraulic power investigations and magnetic car building. The children made great efforts to dress up as scientists in honour of the day.

As part of this science day, coding was demonstrated by first and second class children on tablets. I.T. is an extremely important part of the curriculum at St Mary's and is a requirement for the award.

Owing to their commitment to IT, The Board of Management and Parent's Association have worked to raise funds to develop a class set of tablets and secure storage trolley. The Parents' Association recently completed this fundraising and the final tablets to finish the set are about to be purchased.

Later on, Jim Hurley gave a presentation to the children about the Saltee Islands before the plaque was officially unveiled.

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