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Two Portstewart schools scoop two awards in the Rolls Royce wide competition

St Colum’s Primary School along with Portstewart Primary School have scooped 2 awards In the Rolls Royce UK wide competition.

With an ECO-focused, engineering based project that shared expertise and resources between the two schools involving over 420 pupils, the Portstewart schools were shortlisted down from circa 2000 entries in the whole of the UK to the final 6. They attended the Science Prize Award ceremony held in the Science museum in Kensington, London to see what the judges thought in comparison to other 5 finalists. There were 4 prizes, top prize if £15k, 2ND of £5k, Rolls Royce Employee Award and last but not least the Eden Award.

Project leader, Louise Gilmore was delighted by the result. “We can't believe we're bringing back two such lauded awards from this event.”

“We can't wait to show the children and our colleagues the result of their hard work in school!” Grainne McGoldrick, St Colum’s Primary School.

First to be announced on the night was the Eden Award, presented by Sir Tim Smit CEO of Eden Project.   “As he introduced the award it sounded like our project but we dared not believe it” said Gayle Murray, P3 teacher Portstewart Primary School, “when he said they were unanimous in their decision we were extremely proud of the recognition for the fact our project was Eco-Focused from the outset.”

“When the runners up award was being announced we were still so excited by our first success that we couldn’t believe the name announced was Marvellous Movers again! This prize also comes with a great cash fund for both schools to continue the legacy of the project” said Michele Shaw, P5 teacher St Colum’s.

Both school Principals, Alan Millar of Portstewart Primary and Sinead McCullagh of St Colum’s Primary, welcomed their winning team home in front of school assemblies to show off the awards and praise the pupils and thank staff for a year’s hard work in making it happen.   In a joint statement they said, “We’re proud of both staff and pupils as they collaborated well to ensure a meaningful exchange of skills, resources and a positive outcome for every individual child.  We would like to again extend our thanks to Dominican College and our local community of business people, Council, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Governors and parents for their support of the project.”

Sinead McCullagh’s, Principal St Colum’s Primary School added “The Marvellous Movers project is an innovative, contemporary project addressing real-life issues which captured the hearts of minds of everyone involved.”

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