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Saturday, 25 April 2009

TY Pupil Wins Essay Competition

The Frog Blog would like to congratulate Transition Year Biology pupil Kate Boyd-Crotty on winning the Three Rock Churches Environmental Group Essay Competition. Entrants had to write an essay under the title Creation Matters, and Kate wrote masterfully on the need for us all to be aware of the pressures we are placing on the environment through the demands of an ever increasing world population and a slavish reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels.

The Three Rock Churches Environmental Group is an ecumenical alliance of 6 churches in the local area, under the chairmanship of SCC parent Pamela Shiel. They are involved in a number of ongoing projects aimed at increasing environmental awareness and improving environmental sustainability. Amongst other things, the group is involved with several tree planting initiatives, and at Thursday’s award ceremony in Dundrum Methodist Church Hall we heard about the Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) – popularly known as “the miracle tree”, which is being planted in arid tropical regions as an important source of nutrition (see http://www.vita.ie/ for more information).

Kate was awarded her prize by Irish Times columnist Sylvia Thompson who spoke illuminatingly on her view of the major environmental problems facing us today, and on how these chimed with the themes picked out in Kate’s essay. Kate picked up a book token as her prize, and there was also a generous cash donation to the College for use in suitable environmental projects of our choosing. We will liase with Mr. Swift who runs several such initiatives and who also oversees the CSPE “Action Projects” in Form III before deciding how to use the donation (more details will follow).

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