St Columba’s PS sails home with Titanic prize

Pictured are Jack Heron and Aideen Donnelly, students of St.Columba's Primary School, Draperstown. who helped design and create the stunning replicas, as well as their teacher Michelle Toner.
Pictured are Jack Heron and Aideen Donnelly, students of St.Columba's Primary School, Draperstown. who helped design and create the stunning replicas, as well as their teacher Michelle Toner.
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ST COLUMBA’S Primary School, Draperstown has sailed ahead of the opposition to become a regional winner in a Titanic-themed junk modelling competition organised by Belfast Harbour and Titanic Foundation.

Using everyday household items the Year Six pupils created stunning replicas of Titanic’s first class cabins, Captain Smith’s Wheel and the famous Harland and Wolff Cranes. Their Titanic junk effort was judged to be one of the top entries in the Northern Ireland-wide competition which attracted almost 500 entries from 100 schools.

Five other finalist schools joined St Columba’s PS at an awards ceremony at Belfast Harbour Office, with entries including a sea of shipyard workers, Harland & Wolff cranes and lifeboat recreations. The St Columba’s pupils won a trip for the entire class to Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience which opens on 31 March.

Roy Adair, CEO of Belfast Harbour, said: “Congratulations to every pupil, teacher and school who participated in this creative competition. We have been overwhelmed by the imagination and effort that each school has put into their Titanic-themed models. The variety of the final entries is impressive, with models including Titanic Belfast, the Arrol Gantry and first class cabins amongst the recreations.

“We are delighted to support this inaugural schools competition as it allows pupils to not only learn about the environment and eco issues such as recycling and reusing material, but also to explore Northern Ireland’s industrial and maritime heritage in an exciting and creative way. Webster, our very own Port ‘Monster’ has lots of pictures of the models and interesting facts about Titanic at www.webstersay.com.”

Jonathan Hegan, Chairman of Titanic Foundation, the independent charitable Trust which owns Titanic Belfast, said: “The originality of entries demonstrates just how much the Titanic story can be used to fire-up children’s imaginations. Titanic was the greatest engineering achievement of its era and together with the story of the people who built her and sailed on her, it’s an opportunity to challenge a new generation to be inspired by their heritage.”

Each finalist pupil also received a ticket to Titanic Belfast. The overall NI winner, Moat PS, took away a VIP educational trip to the visitor attraction. The finalist entries can be viewed online at www.webstersays.com.