Presentation of Awards for Co-operation is Cool Project

Laois Education Centre Thursday 27th April 2006



662 Pupils exhibited 25 projects from 20 Primary and Post Primary schools and they have been working assiduously during this academic year on their Co-operation is Cool projects and the result of their work was exhibited and evaluated on Thursday 27th April in Laois Education Centre.  The pupils have been supported by their teachers, the curriculum resource materials prepared by Paddy Bates of Laois Education Centre, parents, community and Glanbia personnel in preparing their projects on Co-operation.  This year the project has been extended to include schools from Northern Ireland and Pakistan.


The guest of honour for the evening, Michael Mills, former Ombudsman presented the prizes.


Prize Winners:







Scoil Bhride, Ballyboy, Kilcormac, Offaly

Ballyboy Shines Bright in the African Sunlight

Patricia Grimes + Helen Callaghan

1st Primary

Arles NS

Reaching Out Through Our Local Heritage

Maura Killoran

1st Post Primary

Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise

Prison the Only Way

Sr Barbara

2nd Primary

Lisdowney NS, Ballyragget, Kilkenny

Co-operation is Cool in Our School

Ann Bradley/Éilis Costello

2nd Post Primary

Tullamore College

Reflective Glow

Renee Gallagher

3rd Primary

Gortnamóna NS, Blueball, Tullamore, Offaly

Co-operation in Our Community – Mid Offaly Housing Scheme

Tom Daly

4th Primary

St Brigid’s NS, Croghan, Offaly

Building Bridges Across Cultures

Gerry Hickey

Donaghmore or Associate         Co-operative

Castlecuffe NS, Clonaslee, Co Laois

Clonaslee              Co-operative

Maureen Butterfield

New Entrant

St Malachy’s, Newry




Presentation Convent School Pakistan

Save Nature

Anne Fleishmann


Glanbia and Laois Education Centre sponsored the prizes for this competition which include Data Projector, Laptop, Digital Cameras, Multifunctional 4 in 1 Laser Fax/Scan/Print/Copy and Printer.  Each participating school received a copy of Office and Publisher software and each participating student received a certificate.The project was also supported by Laois leader and NCTE.



The project was evaluated by:

            Ann Goodwin             Laois LEADER

            Seamus Hosey                      RTE

            Dominic McEvoy                   National Co-ordinator, NCTE

            Sean McNamara                   Retired Primary School Inspector

            Jean O’ Brien                        Former Laois Writer in Residence

            Martin Varley                         ICOS


Dominic McEvoy, Chairperson of the adjudication panel announced the winners and made the following comments on behalf of the adjudication panel:

- The very high and excellent standard of the projects

- Complimented students on their presentation of the projects and the pride, passion and belief they had in their work.

- Delighted with the use of IT – digital cameras and camcorders in recording the progress of each project.

- The international links schools had and the extension of the project to include schools from Northern Ireland and Pakistan was very impressive.



Sean Hearn on behalf of Glanbia and Glanbia committee members said he was delighted with the outstanding quality of all the work in the exhibition.  The number of projects submitted and the international dimension speaks volumes for the project.  Glanbia are delighted and proud to be associated with Laois Education Centre and Laois LEADER in promoting this project in schools.  Sean thanked the judges and the unsung heroes – the teachers and the pupils for their dedication and hard work.


Paddy Bates, Project Co-ordinator welcomed and thanked teachers, parents, pupils, judges, Glanbia committee members who visited schools, the guest of honour Michael Mills and the partners Glanbia and LEADER.