Port of Cork announce Schools Initiative Winner 2011

Port of Cork announce Schools Initiative Winner 2011

Tuesday 12 April 2011

The Port of Cork Company has announced St John the Baptist National School in Midleton as the overall winners of the 2011 Port of Cork Schools Initiative. The huge effort made by the 5th classes’ paid off when they were presented with overall best project by the Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr. Dermot O’ Mahoney, in the boardroom at Customs House.

Over 60 schools in and around Cork were invited to take part in the Port of Cork Schools Initiative which was themed ‘Making Cork Harbour a Green Energy Hub for our Future’. All submitted projects are on public display in the reception area of Customs House.

This year’s judges; Mr. Hugh Bruton Brittany Ferries, Ms Val Cummins MERC, Mr. John Neville Port of Cork and Mr. Brian Lougheed Evening Echo all praised the huge effort and creativity made by the participating primary schools. Projects submitted were both informative and visually very creative, with some schools choosing to build a model of the entire Cork Harbour.

Ms. Val Cummins of MERC³, Maritime and Energy Research Centre and Commercial Cluster, said: “The projects submitted were inspiring. There are a lot of creative children out there who are passionate and well informed about the different forms of energy which could be harnessed within Cork Harbour. They should all be commended for their efforts.”

Commenting on the school projects, the Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr. Dermot O’Mahoney said; ‘Congratulations to St. John the Baptist National School in Midleton for their excellent submission, it is clear every 5th class pupil went to a lot of effort researching, creating and building their project. All the projects were of a very high standard and we acknowledge and appreciate the time and commitment by the teachers. We are delighted with the efforts put in by the participating schools. This is a great way of educating school children on the different forms of energy within Cork harbour while also highlighting the role of the Port of Cork. ’

All participating classes will be invited for an informative visit to Customs House followed by a boat trip around Cork Harbour in May/June 2011.

The overall best project winners, St. John the Baptist, Midleton will get to go onboard one of the many luxurious cruise liners which call to Cork for a tour of the ship and to meet the captain.

This is the sixth year of the Port of Cork Company’s successful Primary Schools initiative.

Prizes were also awarded to the following classes;

Best Photograph – 5th Class, Templebreedy, Crosshaven
Best Artwork Piece – 5th Class, Glasheen Boys National School, Glasheen


For further information please contact:

Sara Dymond
Commercial Marketing Executive
Port of Cork Company
Custom House Street
Tel: +353 (0) 21 4625 375
Fax: +353 (0) 21 4276 484
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