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400 years to Break Down Plastic Bottles - Donegal Students Discover

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3rd and 4th class students from Scoil Mhuire, Milford, had an exciting day out when they visited their local Bryson recycling centre. During the visit they worked with Donegal County Council volunteers, Martin Roarty and Caroline Mc Cleary who gave them a full tour of the recycling facility and worked through many interesting facts about recycling with the students. Ms Harte class teacher, commented, "This has been a very worthwhile visit. We all have learned something new about recycling, thanks to all involved." The educational visit would not have been possible without the support of Martin and Caroline from Donegal County Council and our host, Eddie McCleary from Bryson Recycling. 

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Marine Harvest Host Special Guests from Drumfad N.S.

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Students from Drumfad National School, Fanad, had a day to remember when they enjoyed a study trip to Marine Harvest this term. The students were welcomed by Kathleen Mc Grory & Julie Coyle who made the children feel very welcome. Finley Shiels gave the students a guided tour of the processing plant, where they got to see the fish arrive on site and then followed the full process until they saw the salmon fillets packaged and ready for shipping. Nigel Teape & Bernie Hegarty worked with the students in one of the laboratories on site, discussing the tests that are conducted and the equipment in use to keep all systems operational throughout the process. The visit allowed all the visitors to see STEM skills in action, in this case the production of high quality, safe food thus allowing the students to relate their application relates to the real world. Sarah Narin, Principal, Drumfad National School thanked all of involved from Marine Harvest for hosting such a memorable and informative day for the students.

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Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Spirit - the Fund for Co Monaghan

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During the 14/15 school year over 200 students from nine primary schools participated in an enterprise project supported by the Fund for County Monaghan.

As part of this project, four classes completed Junior Achievement’s ‘Our Nation’ programme. In this in-depth and action-packed programme, students practiced the skills required for business ownership, produced a product using different methods of production, examined the costs associated with running a business, created advertisements and took charge of their own businesses to make a profit!

Other classes completed Junior Achievement’s ‘Our World’ programme in which the students explored STEM skills and the role they play in the future of the business world.  Exploring how technology and communications are vital growth areas in the global marketplace, students examined entrepreneurship and developed their own business ideas.

Siobhan Kelly, Area Manager, Junior Achievement, commented “It is never too early to engage pupils in enterprise. Entrepreneurship is pivotal to future growth and jobs in Monaghan and it’s going to be more and more important in the coming years. With the support of the County Monaghan Fund we have established a platform to empower a culture of enterprise in our young people across the county.”

On Wednesday 3rd June a presentation was held in St. Mary’s Boy’s National School, Monaghan, where pupils offered their sincere thanks to the County Monaghan Fund for supporting this valuable initiative, with many presenting their own business ideas and future enterprises, which they hope to set up in Monaghan in the not-too-distant future! Thanks to the school leaders, the teachers, the business leaders and the Fund for Co Monaghan. Indeed thanks to all involved in making the first year of this project such a success.

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'Rainwater Harvester' wins GEP Globalisation Award

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Congratulations to Ciarán Boyle, Colaiste Rís, Dundalk who won the GEP Globalisation award with his company ‘Rainwater Harvester’. Ciarán’s achievement was announced by Michael Devine, SAP (pictured with Ciarán above) at the National Final of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition 2015, which took place at the DCU Ryan Academy on May 13th and 14th.

‘Rainwater Harvester’ is an innovative system to collect, filter and re-route rainwater for use both inside and outside the home. It comes to the market just in time to offer substantial savings to customers at a time when bills for new water charges are coming in. Not content with bringing his product to the Irish market, Ciáran has also carried out research in the British and French markets and will look to expand his business in the coming months.

Ciaran's project will now be sent forward to European adjudicators, which if selected, will see him travel to Denmark to attend a European student business and globalisation conference later this year.

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Kingspan Environmental Hosts Castleblayney College

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60 senior cycle students from Castleblayney College, Monaghan enjoyed an enjoyable and educational trip to Kingspan Environmental, Portadown recently.

The visiting students were welcomed by Kingspan Environmental business professionals and enjoyed heairng about the many and varied routes taken by members of Kingspan Environmental staff in terms of educational backgrounds and career choices in their paths leading to current roles at the company. Students also toured the plant to see at first hand the step by step processes involved in the production of solar thermal tubes and tanks and were intrigued to hear some of the backgound to the Kingpsan success story. 

Mirroring the views of many, one student reflected: “it was really great to see how many different types of careers are available in Kingspan. I am interested in engineering and construction and the visit to Kingspan really showed me how I could use these subjects to get a job there in the future. I have better understanding now too of how a company can operate globally, growing from a local base. If I was successful in getting a job there after my studies perhaps it would give me the opportunity to transfer to another country for a while.”

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