Community College Wins National Water Explorers Award

All-Ireland Water Explorers Champions: members of the castleisland Community College team after the announcement in Dublin on Wednesday.

All-Ireland Water Explorers Champions: members of the Castleisland Community College team after the announcement in Dublin on Wednesday.

We’ve been keeping you up to date on the exploits of the Castleisland Community College Water Warriors over the most of the past year.

They’re the ones who, under the guidance of teacher, Doreen Killington, have been cleaning up and surveying the health of the local River Maine. They’ve been taking drinks cans from the river and its banks and turning them into ornamental works of art in a recycled kind of way.

Irish Schools’ Chart

But, there’s more to it than that and their efforts have kept them at the top of the Irish schools’ chart over the past couple of months and they were fourth in Europe when I looked last.

It was announced yesterday in Dublin that Castleisland’s Water Warriors were the official 2017 Water Explorer National Winners.

Reacting to the news that her pupils had done their college and community proud, a delighted Ms. Killington said that it was a great achievement for the school to have won the competition.

Castleisland Community College students during their clean-up along the River Maine and, inset is a sample of their recycling craft.  Included are from left:  Conor O'Sullivan, Mark O'Donoghue, Greg Curran, Aisling O Connell, Matthew Broderick,  Shauna Ahern, James McDonnell, Eamon Nolan, Danni Reidy, Siobhan Collins and D.J Fealey.

Castleisland Community College students during their clean-up along the River Maine and, inset is a sample of their recycling craft. Included are from left: Conor O’Sullivan, Mark O’Donoghue, Greg Curran, Aisling O’Connell, Matthew Broderick, Shauna Ahern, James McDonnell, Eamon Nolan, Danni Reidy, Siobhan Collins and D.J Fealey.

Worked Really Hard

“The students worked really hard and applied themselves to every task I set them in the course of the competition. They learned a lot too and the competition standards were very stiff with a lot of high achieving schools battling for that one prize. I’m really delighted for us all as a team. It’s good to see the hard work being recognised in this way,” Ms. Killington concluded.

Cheery Determination

“The award ceremony was great fun and it would not have been possible without the cheery determination of all five of our Top Schools,” said a spokesperson fore the organisers.

“A special thank you is in order to all participating teachers who have taken the time out to help turn their students into such successful Water Explorers!

“Kiltegan National School, Co. Wicklow swam in at second place this year, showing that the strength of a few can truly make a difference to the many.

Outstanding Presentations

“It was great to see both a primary and secondary school take the top slots this year as it proves that anyone can be a Water Explorer champion with enough effort!

“The judges had a really hard time making their decision as the remaining finalists, Vicarstown National School from Co. Cork, The Donahies Community School from Dublin, and St. Michael’s Church of Ireland National School also from Co. Cork impressed everyone with their outstanding presentations.

Being Creative

“Whether they sang, rapped, or held a parade, these schools showed us that being a Water Explorer is more than just learning about water, it’s being creative and having fun with it too!

“Although the school year is coming to a close, don’t forget that next year a whole new competition begins,” said the spokesperson.

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