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Castleisland Community College represent Ireland
Transition year students of Castleisland Community College won the national Water Explorer competition in Dublin. The award honours the pupils for their outstanding efforts in acting to protect and conserve our fresh water and for excelling in awareness raising and community outreach. Environmentalist Duncan Stewart was one of three judges assessing the students during their presentation. It was followed by questions and answers where the student’s initiative and presentation style was judged.
Throughout the course of the year the students completed 26 challenges relating to water such as making water pumps, a clean-up of the River Maine, testing the water quality of the River Maine, learning about the connection of climate change with water scarcity in the developing world, and presenting workshops to junior classes and the local primary school. The students also learnt practical ways of saving water both at home and in school, which may come in handy if water charges are introduced! They examined the area of secret water and learnt how much water it takes to produce various items – for example, a cup of tea takes 140 litres and a t-shirt takes 2,500 litres when you take account of all the water used in all aspects of production. The programme is cross-curricular and involves all subject areas. It is a balance of project based learning, practical challenges, competition and fun. The students have developed the skills of teamwork, public speaking, Information Technology and report writing.
Their success did not end there as they also represented Ireland in an International Showcase in London, on October 18th 2017. HSBC bank, who fund the competition, invited the students on an all-expenses paid trip to Dublin. The national winners from all the various countries that participated teleconferenced from the HSBC bank in their own country with the bank headquarters in London. The achievements of each individual country were mentioned, highlighting to students the difference they have made. Doreen Killington, Castleisland Community College www.waterexplorer.org