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Picture Special: It’s ‘safe’ to say that FVC Enterprise Day 2018 was a success!

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first_imgFinn Valley College hosted their fourth annual Junior Enterprise competition on Friday 23rd February with an exciting day of innovative ideas and exercises for local primary school pupils:The competition was another fantastic success with 11 different teams of fifth class students from the college’s local feeder National Schools presenting to the judges on the day.The theme of this year’s competition was “Safety” and all 11 teams came up with wonderfully creative and ingenious ideas that would improve safety in all sorts of ways. In honour of the theme the day kicked off at the Finn Valley Centre (thanks to Niall Mc Gonagle and the team for their support on the day) with all students treated to a visit from a number of emergency services. The highlight was a chance to get inside the impressive Coastguard helicopter that had landed to support a worthy theme for our competition.Thanks to all those from the frontline emergency services who made themselves available on the day to talk to the students and highlight the important work that they do to ensure that members of the public are kept safe.After that it was back to the school for the competition to begin in earnest. Each team were extremely well prepared and rehearsed and had to enter the cauldron to present to the judges on the day. This was no mean feat as the judges were truly experts both in the field of safety and entrepreneurship and put the teams through their paces. The team of judges comprised Mr Glenn Hamilton, Senior Assistant Fire Chief with Donegal County Council; Mr Ryan Mc Hugh, Donegal Senior Player and RSA Ambassador for Donegal, and, Chairperson of the Adjudicators was Ms Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager with Mc Elhinneys Department Store. Thank you to all three judges for what was a very difficult job and for taking their time out of their very busy schedules to support the school, the students and a worthwhile cause.Ms Louise Mc Geever, Mr Glenn Hamilton, Mr Alan Thompson, Ms Sandra Devenney, Mr Ryan Mc Hugh and Ms Ashlean Mc GeehanWhile each team was put through their paces the other teams were treated to a number of exercises in safety including an interactive workshop on Road safety from Ms Louise McGeever of the RSA and our own Mr Duggan in the Metalwork Room. Thanks to both for all their informative and engaging presentations.Meanwhile Mr Mc Daid was also entertaining teams back in the gym with a variety of activities.When all the teams were finished with the presenting the time came to announce the overall winners – every team was deserving of praise for their ingenuity, exceptionally high standards and polished performances for the judges but there had to be overall winners!In third place came a St Mary’s National School team, WaterStars with their idea for a Water Safety Belt that could be used in open water and that had GPS and a beacon for swimmers in distress, thanks to MS Dorrian and Kathleen Gavigan for all their support with WaterStars.In second place came PEyes (Parental Eyes), a team from Dooish whose product was a Parental App that could monitor young children to keep them safe. Thanks to Ms Eileen Houston and Ms Fionnuala Diver for their support for their team. Dooish National School, Ballybofey runners up in the competition were seated (l-r) Maria Foy, Diarmœid O’Toole, Leah McGonagle, Oran McBride and Anais Visoiu, Team Captain Kyle Rutledge from Donegal County player Ryan McHugh, Also pictured is Alan Thompson, Principal, Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, Dylan McClean, Chloe Harris, Eileen Houston, Teacher, Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager, McElhinney’s Stores, Ballybofey, Glen Hamilton Assistand Chief Fire Officer Donegal County Council. Louise McGeever RSA Ashlean McGeehan, FVC Programme Co- Ordinator.Finally, another team from St Mary’s under the tuition of Ms Edel Doherty, emerged as the overall winners.Aire (Care as Gaeilge) had the idea of an advanced car design with integrated safety features including a driver’s steering wheel that could detect automatically if a driver had consumed alcohol. While the competition for the top two places was very intense the judges felt that this overall package just had the edge.St Mary’s National School, Stranorlar winners of Finn Valley College, Junior Enterprise Competiton 2018 organised and run by Finn Valley College Stranorlar pictured receiving their award were seated Maria Kelly, Amber Kelly, Ciara O’Grady, R’ona Doherty Molly Duffy and Sarah McLaughlin (standing) team captain receiving their award from Donegal County Player Ryan McHugh. Also pictured standing (l-r) Alan Thompson Principal, Finn Valley College, Standing Alan Thompson, Principal, FVC IviJa Kuske, FVC mentor Glen Hamilton, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Edel Doherty teacher, Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager, Mc Elhinney Stores, Ballybofey, Louise McGeever, RSA. Ashlean McGeehan, FVC Programme Co-ordinatorA huge congratulations to St Mary’s, Stranorlar, to Dooish and to all the other teams for a fantastic competition. Thanks to all the schools for their support and the warm welcome Finn Valley College received in each school.Finally, a huge thank you to all of our students who were involved for their support and cooperation in making the event possible and for making it such a success. Particular thanks is however extended to Ms Ashlean Mc Geehan, the teacher who has made all this possible over the past four years. She has given students a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop new skills in a fun and creative way that will serve them all well in the future. St. Mary’s N.S Stranorlar who came 3rd in the competition pictured seated Hannah Rose Burke, Aisling Roarty Ryan Mc Hugh, Special Guest, Hannah Austin and Emily Boyce Standing Alan Thompson, Principal, FVC Emily Duffy FVC Mentor, Glen Hamilton, Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Edel Doherty teacher, Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager, Mc Elhinney Stores, Louise McGeever, RSA. Ashlean McGeehan, FVC Programme Co-ordinator and Reece McGahern, Sports and Recreation PLC Student.Dooish National School, Ballybofey runners up in the competition were seated (l-r) Maria Foy, Diarmœid O’Toole, Leah McGonagle, Oran McBride and Anais Visoiu, Team Captain Kyle Rutledge from Donegal County player Ryan McHugh, Also pictured is Alan Thompson, Principal, Finn Valley College, Stranorlar, Dylan McClean, Chloe Harris, Eileen Houston, Teacher, Sandra Devenney, Business and Sales Manager, McElhinney’s Stores, Ballybofey, Glen Hamilton Assistand Chief Fire Officer Donegal County Council. Louise McGeever RSA Ashlean McGeehan, FVC Programme Co- Ordinator.St. Mary’s National School, Castlefinn pictured with teacher Sheila Kelly and pupils Gavin McConnell, Emmett BrowneMarcus Henderson, Joshua McGranaghan, Darragh Murray pictured with Principal, Sharon Murray.Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Lifford pupils who took part were Kyle Flanagan, Grace boyle, Kiernan McAdams, Conor McNulty Ace Rodriguez and Grace Gibson with teacher, Sheila Kelly.Pupils from St. Bridgets’ Nationals School, Convoy who took part in the competition were Alesha Mc Loughlan, Erin Gillen, Casey Toner, Thiha O’Donnell, Erin Mathew.Glencovitt N.S Ballybofey who took part in Harry Byrne, Andrea Slevin, Sarah McCloskey, Sean Gallagher and Ronan Callaghan with teacher Connell Herron who took part in Young Enterprise Programmeorganised and run by Finn Valley College, Stranorlar on Friday last.Picture Special: It’s ‘safe’ to say that FVC Enterprise Day 2018 was a success! was last modified: March 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:educationEnterprise DayFinn Valley Collegepicture specialschoolslast_img read more