school takes first place in national Something Fishy
National School of Churchill, Letterkenny, wins out over 113 schools
and 9 Education Centres nationwide
Novem ber 2017
students were presented with the National Something Fishy
perpetual trophy and a money prize for the class by Joe MC Hugh
TD, Minister of State at the Department of an Taoiseach at the school
last Friday, 24th November.
Something Fishy programme is an annual educational initiative
of Inland Fisheries Ireland, in partnership with Blackrock Education
Centre, which allows students to learn about fish and the environment
in a local context.
Jacqui Dillon, and Siobhan Martin, of the Donegal Education Centre
facilitated the programme in the Donegal area.
McHugh was fulsome in his praise for the winning school and those
who assisted in its success: There could not be a more appropriate
setting for a winning school than one sited in such an idyllic setting
surrounded by nature on the shores of Gartan Lake, and it is wonderful
to have the presentation in the school itself here today. Winning
the overall national award is a reflection of the great support
of the Director of the Donegal Education Centre, Jacqui Dillon and
her staff, and of the hard work the Principal, Caroline Carey, Class
Teacher, Clare Murray, and all the pupils efforts in putting
together a wonderful and engaging project which demonstrated clearly
the awareness and appreciation the children have for their natural
Campion, Head of Business Development, Inland Fisheries Ireland,
highlighted the importance of focusing on young people: Educating,
and engaging with, young people is a key element of the work of
Inland Fisheries Ireland, so we are delighted to work in partnership
with Blackrock Education Centre and so many wonderful people and
organisations all over the country as part of the national Something
Fishy programme and competition. Building on the classroom
visits of Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Mr Owen Kelly, the students
explored their local habitat, discovering so much about their local
streams, rivers and Gartan Lake itself. Something Fishy brought
their local environs into the classroom and gave the children hand
first-hand experience of the animal and fish life that live locally.
2017 Something Fishy programme saw 3,390 children from
across the country taking part in 113 schools and 9 education centres
nationwide. Eight different lessons were studied in the classroom
before the students were visited by Inland Fisheries Ireland staff
who introduced them to river life and its surrounds.
End of term projects were based on something learned from the Something
Fishy experience. The students were invited to submit digital
class projects with special reference to Inland Fisheries Irelands
the inception of Something Fishy in 2005, approximately
50,000 children have participated in the initiative which aims to
promote interest and understanding in fish and their habitats.