Donegal ETB Hosts Sixth Annual Awards

Donegal ETB hosted its sixth annual awards ceremony in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday 21 March. The thirty-four entries showcased the creativity and innovation taking place in ETB schools, centres and Further Education and Training (FET) Service programmes across the county.

The judges had a tough job assessing the entries which were competing for an award in five categories: Arts, Culture, Heritage and Irish Language; Further Education and Training; Healthy Living and Wellbeing; Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Donegal ETB Director of Schools, Dr Martin Gormley said, ‘The projects presented here today are a testament to the excellent teaching and learning taking place every day in our schools, centres and programmes. This day is all about ‘We’ – We Are Donegal ETB, a family, and every project is a winner here today.’

All entrants received a certificate of achievement from Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh and the winners received a plaque to mark their win. The category winners were:

Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Irish Language

  1. Crana College: Cultural Heritage Storybook Project
  2. Finn Valley College: To the Fallen: Songs and Poems of WW1
  3. Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada: Letterkenny & Burtonport Railway Extension Booklet

Further Education and Training

  1. Letterkenny Training Centre: Facebook Video Promo Campaign
  2. FET Centre, Donegal Town: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  3. Learning for Living, Inishowen: Make Yourself at Home

Healthy Living and Wellbeing

  1. Deele College: Deele’ing with your Wellbeing
  2. FET Centre, Donegal Town: A Healthier You
  3. Crana College: Green Week

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

  1. Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada: Wild Atlantic Water Safety for Kids
  2. Magh Ene College: Wild Atlantic Dressing
  3. Gairmscoil Chú Uladh: Tóin The Theolaí

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

  1. Magh Ene College: Mi-Wi-Fi: An investigation into the high frequency EM interference between Microwave Ovens and Wi-Fi
  2. Abbey Vocational School: Rubik’s Cube Solver
  3. Coláiste Ailigh: Staidéar ar cén glúin in Éirinn atá is gníomhach agus is eolach faoi athrú aeráide

Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh noted, ‘Looking around at all the entries today, it’s safe to say that the future of our county is in really good hands. It’s just fantastic the way the students and learners are well able to speak and present their projects. They are so innovative and they are re all prize winners.’

The awards also included a wonderful singing performance by students from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.

For those who missed the live stream of the awards, the video can be viewed on Donegal ETB’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMgBcsiMsW0

Further details and photos of the Awards can be found on Donegal ETB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (@DonegalETB) through the hashtag #ETBAwards19.

by Donegal ETB