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Laois secondary school launch Academic Challenge with prizes to be won for 4th and 5th class students

Portlaoise College

This year, in place of their annual STEM conference, Portlaoise College is offering an Academic Challenge competition for 4th and 5th class primary school students.

Five subject departments in the school have each created and designed a challenge for students that links with their subject.

These challenges are designed so that a participant can complete them by themselves and from home with the assistance of a supervising adult.

Challenges have been set by the school’s Science, Technology, Home Economics, English and Art Departments for 2022.

Students can choose to enter as many of the challenges as you like, however all entries must be received by Friday February 18 and should be submitted by email to info@portlaoisecollege.ie.

In the subject line state “Academic Challenge” and in the emails content be sure to include the students name, school and class.

Winners will be announced on the schools Facebook page and prizes will be delivered to the school by a representative from Portlaoise College.

Prizes include a choice of a family pass either Castlecomer Discovery Park, Fota Wildlife Park, Dublin Zoo or Tayto Park.

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Principal, Noel Daly said: “The competition, which is open to 4th and 5th class students is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the areas of science, technology, literature, art and home economics.

“At Portlaoise College, we believe in offering a varied curriculum to meet the needs and to ignite the interests of our students.

“This is the inspiration behind this inclusive competition, we want to inspire primary school students of 4th and 5th class to showcase their enormous talents.”

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