THE 9th Co-operation is Cool awards ceremony took place in Laois Education Centre recently and was attended by nearly 200 people. It was the culmination of many weeks and months work for many schools in Laois, Offaly and North Tipperary.
The Cooperation is Cool project is based on the Co-operative model and has its origins in the Teddy Fennelly book ‘A Triumph of Co-operation over Adversity’. It focuses on the knowledge that young people have around co-operation and the history of the co-operative movement and its importance in Ireland.
The project also introduces the concept of working together to young people as ICOS, Glanbia and Laois Education Centre are doing so successfully with this project. Primary, secondary and special schools are invited each year to submit a project which demonstrates strong elements of cooperation but must also have an ICT component. This year, 212 pupils from nine primary and two post primary schools exhibited 13 projects.
The winners included Tullamore College who got first prize for Energy Efficient Boardgames ‘Good Green Fun’ with teacher Emma Coyne, second prize went to St Joseph’s PS, Tullamore for Community Singing ‘The Melody Makers’ with teacher Helen Nelligan, third prize went to St Kieran’s NS, Broughall for Our Virtual Science World with Roseann Feeney and Esther Lambe.
The winner in Art and Design was Castlecuffe NS, Clonaslee, for Playing Cards with Clonaslee Placenames with Bridie Dunne, Grace Digan and Roisin Carton. Second prize in Art and Design went to Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Mountmellick for Buildings of Mountmellick with Eamonn Riall. The winning new entrant was St. Pius NS, Ballacolla for Aghaboe Abbey with teacher Miriam Lanigan, the winning community project was Gaelscoil an tSli Dála with Eaglais Naomh Molua 200 Bhliain ag Fas with teacher Róise Nevin.
The merit award for post primary went to Scoil Chriost Rí, Portlaoise for Fort Protector with Mags Hanafinand Anne Dollard. Highly commended primary prizes went to Camross NS for The Olympics with Talitha Horan, Coolderry NS for Cooperation Through the Ages with
Una Teehan, and St Cronan’s NS, Roscrea for The History of Roscrea’s Monastic Sites from the 6th Century with Anne Whelan.
The highly commended post primary went to Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise for The Convent with Mags Hanafin and Anne Dollard, and for Emo Court, also with Mags Hanafin and Anne Dollard. There were many other prizes presented on the night which included Netbooks, Digital Cameras, Kindles, portable Hard Drives and Memory Keys and these were presented by members of the adjudication panel.