Fifth and sixth class students from Vicarstown National School along with their teacher, Áine O’Shaughnessy, were named overall winners of the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2015 at the national final held in Dublin Castle. The students picked up top prize for their project, which explored the issues facing children in the developing world. 2015 Now in its 10th year, the Our World Irish Aid Awards are designed to help children in Ireland understand global issues, and Ireland’s role in working to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals focus on fighting hunger and poverty and improving the lives of those in the world’s poorest countries. At the national final awards ceremony, the Vicarstown National School students were one of 12 schools exhibiting their projects in Dublin Castle. Commenting on the student’s project the judges said, “The Vicarstown student’s project, Our World In Our Hands, was very impressive and demonstrated a lot learning. The ‘Frozen’ storybook they created to engage with the younger pupils in the school was really engaging and helped to tell the story of how life in the developing world differs from life in Ireland.” The students were presented with the ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, and the current Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh. A historic World War 1 Commemoration Ceremony was held in Ballincollig on Saturday June 6th. People remarked that it was a dignified and significant occasion which was enhanced by the involvement of Tom O’Callaghan from Vicarstown National School. Tom has a great interest in history in general and was delighted to represent his school at the ceremony. He had no difficulty stepping up to the microphone to read out the name of the fallen soldier who fought so bravely in the war. Well done Tom! Vicarstown NS swept the boards at the annual Cork City Sports on Wednesday May 21st. We brought home a total of 16 trophies and the Blackrock Shield. The girls relay team comprising of Ciara Sheehan, Josephine O’Callaghan, Ava Mulready and Rebecca Murphy finished 2nd place. Individually we won many prizes. These included two 1st prizes – Rebecca Murphy, and Josephine O’Callaghan, five 2nd prizes, Alice Murphy, Abbey Jones, Ryan Murphy, Tom Coughlan and Brid Hegarty and four 3rd prize for Ciara Sheehan, Colman Ahern, Darragh Ahern and Grace Murphy. We also won the Blackrock Shield for the best overall girls results in our section. Well done to all, and thanks to Mrs. Áine O’Shaughnessy for all of her hard work in preparing the team. It was a very enjoyable day for all the children and well done to everyone for their commitment, effort and sportsmanship shown on the day.