Portlaoise students do their school proud at national final of ISTA science quiz

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise was well represented at the Irish Science Teachers’ Association Science Quiz recently.
6th year students Luan Fletcher-Calt, Conor Devoy and Paul Booth had first won the regional final in Carlow, receiving €50 each for their efforts.
They went on to compete in the recent ISTA Senior Science Quiz National Final in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute during Science Week.

With stiff opposition from 50 schools, they just missed out on 5th place prize by a single point, though were delighted to scoop a spot prize on the day.
“We were thrilled with our final place of 6th in Ireland, it was a great achievement,” Conor Devoy said.
“A super performance, congratulations on doing brilliantly,” the principal Maura Murphy said.

St Mary's CBS celebrated Science Week over November 12 to 19 in lots of ways organised by the Science teachers.

A Daily Science Question over the school intercom got some attention from the future scientists in the school. Some very challenging questions got some very interesting answers.

The questions included "Whats black before you use it, red when you use it, and grey when you throw it away?"  The answer being coal.

There with a fun and competitive Monster Table Quiz in the GPA for 2nd years. First place was won by Josh Hogan, Sean Luke Taylor, Jason Horan & Jamie O'Callaghan.

“Science Week was a major success along with a brilliant ISTA performance,” said Science teacher Ms Carroll. 

See how Laois secondary schools fared in the 2017 Feeder Schools for third level colleges.