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DeCare Dental Delivering Smiles for Students!

Noeleen Lowry with students re Sugars Noeleen Lowry of DeCare Dental examines sugars levels in foods with students from Ballindine N.S.

DeCare Dental, a specialist dental insurance and oral health company based in Claremorris, has partnered with Junior Achievement Ireland since 2014 and already nearly 40 employees have delivered enterprise and science programmes to more than 600 local students in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

During the 2015/16 school year, local students from Ballindine N.S., Gaelscoil Uileog De Burca and Convent of Mercy availed of the opportunity to be involved in Junior Achievement programmes with DeCare Dental volunteers. The programmes delivered by the volunteers ranged from the ‘Ourselves’ programme for senior infants who enjoyed developing an understanding of helping, working, earning and saving, through to senior primary level students gaining valuable entrepreneurial and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills in the ‘Our World’ and ‘Our Universe’ programmes.

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E.P.A. Enlightening Local Mayo Students

6th Class Ballyvary Students with EPA Vols Michelle McKim JOhn Gibbonos Robert Wilkes and Brid FarragherStudents from Ballyvary N.S. with volunteers Michelle McKim, John Gibbons, Robert Wilkes & Brid Farragher

Junior Achievement Ireland were delighted to partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the first time in 2015/2016 school year. Within weeks of initiating our partnership eight volunteers from EPA Castlebar delivered Junior Achievement programmes in primary and secondary schools in Co. Mayo. The local students - who got the chance to be involved in Junior Achievement programmes because of the EPA volunteers - ranged from senior infants enjoying the "Ourselves" programme to Transition Year who enjoyed the “Metlife Finance your future” programme.

In addition to teaching a programme, four of the volunteers invited their classes to visit the EPA Regional Inspectorate in Castlebar to see first-hand the work that happens there and further develop their understanding of the correlation between education and the work place.

Over 100 students from Ballyvary N.S., St. Patrick’s N.S., Castlebar and Scoil Phadraig N.S. Westport witnessed science and engineering coming to life by means of a Hovercraft, a Drone, Laboratory tests and River micro fauna displays. This was a fantastic end to the contribution of all eight volunteers involved, and a fantastic (and fun) learning opportunity for the students who attended. 

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SAP welcomes Secondary School Entrepreneurs

R.Clifford Students on tour of SAP with M.OTooleRebecca Clifford and Maeve O'Toole with Transition Year students from Calasanctius College, Oranmore

Students from Transition Year class Calasancitus College, Oranmore were given a real-life insight into work and business, when they were hosted by SAP SSC (Ireland) Ltd at their Galway headquarters in Parkmore. The visit was part of an ongoing programme provided by Junior Achievement Ireland, which was supported by SAP  and which saw over 9 of their team provide practical entrepreneurship education workshops to local schools throughout the last 12 months.

David Ryan, Lead, GSS, Global Enterprise Support & Premium Engagements welcomed the Calasanctius students and their teacher Ms. Ruth Broderick to SAP and spoke to the students about the importance of focusing on their education and the skills required to work in a facility such as SAP. David also advised the students on the importance of being customer focused in the GSS, Global Enterprise Support & Premium Engagements team.

Rebecca Clifford, who organized the visit and had mentored the students through the Junior Achievement Ireland Company Programme said “I have volunteered with JA Ireland before, what brings me back each time is the enormous sense of accomplishment on both sides – for both myself and the students that I am teaching. This year I was working with TY students from my old school, Calasanctious College Oranmore, and they decided to set up their own business preparing and selling delicious milkshakes on campus during lunch break. The team worked so hard. I really feel that working through all the steps on the JA program helped contribute to their success but it would not have been possible without their dedication, commitment and hard work. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the TY students and I am looking forward to participating again in September!”

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Galway students are up for the Challenge!

Challenge Science Students GalwayMore than 100 pupils from Primary Schools in Galway had the chance to experience the wonderful world of science recently and discover that science is actually great fun!

The students from St. Brendan B.N.S., Loughrea,  Killeeneen N.S., Craughwell, St. Michael’s B.N.S., Mervue and Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla had a day to remember at Challenge Science 2016, which was supported by Boston Scientific and hosted by NUI Galway.

The budding scientists were assisted by business volunteers from Boston Scientific, who held workshops on Forensic Science, Defence against Disease, Careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. They were also treated to a tour of the Science Department and Campus at NUI Galway by student volunteers from the ALIVE programme.

The workshops provided an appreciation and greater understanding of the ever evolving world of science. 

The event was opened by Prof. Donal Leech, Dean of Science at NUI Galway, who welcomed the students to the University and commented: “NUI Galway is delighted to provide the opportunity to our young Galway students to experience working as a scientist on campus through Junior Achievement and the support of volunteers from Boston Scientific Galway. I hope we see many of these students on campus again at our STEM Promotion events or eventually as students.

The enthusiasm of the students was evident from the start. Principal Annette Regan, St. Brendan’s Boys N.S., Loughrea said that  “the boys thoroughly enjoyed their day in NUI Galway. We were delighted to be invited to take part by Junior Achievement Ireland. The children loved the hands on nature of the activities and the volunteers from Boston Scientific were enthusiastic, helpful and related brilliantly with the children.

Elaine Boyd, ‎Director Human Resources at Boston Scientific, Galway commented, “We are delighted to be involved in the Challenge Science event once again this year.  Encouraging and supporting students to be interested in taking up any of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at second level is critical to the ongoing success of businesses like Boston Scientific in Ireland.  I was very impressed by the talent and enthusiasm displayed by all the students and their teachers.

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IPB Insurance giving Galway students great Community Spirit!

Over 1000 students in DEIS Schools in Galway are participating in the ‘Our Community’ project, during the 2015-16 school year. The project is kindly supported by IPB Insurance and aims to show students that they have a valuable place and an important role to play in their community, in the future.

IPB Pres Sec Sch Fiona MonnePresentation Secondary School transition year students with SAP volunteer Fiona Monne & teachers Niamh Nolan & Corina Delaney

The students from 11 different including Claddagh N.S., Scoil An Linbh Iosa, Scoil Chaitriona, Renmore, Galway Community College and Presentation Secondary School, are participating in a structured five-week programme delivered by business volunteers from Galway, using high quality Junior Achievement materials. 

Their business volunteer is a positive influence for the students; motivating them, increasing their confidence and raising their aspirations for the future .

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