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.”