Watch: Magherafelt’s budding young environmentalists receive awards

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Eight primary schools from the south Derry area took part in the seventh annual Environmental Science Competition at St Pius X College in Magherafelt.

Education Minister John O’Dowd attended the college recently to meet the winning schools.

The Minister for Education, John O'Dowd pictured with children from Ballylifford Primary School at the St Pius X College's annual Environmental Competition.

The Minister for Education, John O'Dowd pictured with children from Ballylifford Primary School at the St Pius X College's annual Environmental Competition.

He was welcomed by Principal, Ms J Bartley along with Miss P Hanson, Head of Science and Mrs MA Diamond, Head of Geography. St Pius X College’s Environmental Science Competition saw children from Anahorish, Ballylifford, Derrychrin, Holy Family, New Row Castledawson, St Patrick’s Loup, St Trea’s Ballymaguigan and Spires Integrated enter projects that showcase their talents in STEM subjects.

The competition also encourages children to be creative and use their ICT, literacy, numeracy and communication

skills.

The competition awards were presented by college staff in the following categories: Most Creative Award; Spires Integrated, presented by Mrs Mc Kenna, Art. ICT Award; Holy Family, presented by Mrs Mc Stocker. Communication Award; St. Trea’s, presented by Mr Quinn. Numeracy Award; New Row, presented by Mrs Ball and Overall Best Project Award; Anahorish, presented by Dr Ruth Jarman and Dr Karen Kerr, QUB. All participating primary schools were presented with a Barometer and USB Digital Microscope.