Winners of “Making Our Country More Inclusive” award!

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The Young Social Innovators “Speak Out” competition is a national competition for secondary schools, which aims to create a fair and equal world

Having got through to the final stages of this prestigious competition, a group of Transition Year students with their teacher, Leanne Wray and Ms Karen Mc Grath travelled to City West Hotel on 10th May to present their idea. The students were required to “speak out” about their project and answer challenging questions in front of a large audience, including Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

The goal of Errigal College’s project was to create an awareness of the different nationalities in our school and to build a more welcoming atmosphere for those who don’t have English as their first language. They created a wallet-sized card for teachers to carry which had, ‘Hello, how are you?’ in different languages on it. This simple idea makes students feel more welcome as they come into the classroom, genius! They also created a placemat containing useful classroom phrases in the six most common languages in use in the school and these are in use in every classroom. 

There were over 400 entrants for this award and Errigal College finished cream of the crop in their category, proudly taking the trophy for, ‘Making Our Country More Inclusive’. This is a tremendous achievement and the college is immensely proud of how our students performed on the day.

Errigal College principal, Mr Charlie Cannon spoke of his delight. “We are very proud of our students’ and teacher’s achievement. They have worked extremely hard all year and it is fantastic to see this work recognised. Incredible achievement!”

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Neil Gallagher checks out future business in Errigal College

Neil Gallagher (17th November 2014) paid a visit to Errigal College to lend some support to students who are running their very own school bank as part of AIB’s Build  a Bank Challenge. The Transition Year students have launched the “Bee a Saver” bank which is available for all students and staff members to open a bank account and save with the bank every Tuesday during lunchtime. This is a great way for the students to demonstrate their enterprise and leadership skills. This is a competition that Errigal College has participated in for several years as part of their Enterprise module in Transition Year.


The members of the Bee a Saver bank are:

Nicole Sweeney  Bank Manager

Luke Browne Assistant Bank Manager

Morgan Coyle  Marketing and Sales Representative

Hiba Khan  Financial Controller

Chelsea Kildea  Teller

Elaine McLoughlin  Teller


Best saver for Week 1 was John Nester. Congratulations John and enjoy your prize.


100 Hampers to Mark our Centenary Year

To celebrate 100 years in existence The Errigal College Community are busy collecting non-perishable food items in order to deliver 100 Christmas hampers to our local St Vincent De Paul group here in Letterkenny. Students, staff, parents and our local business community are all behind this fantastic project and are donating food to this very worthy cause. The Errigal College community wish to invite members of the public to support the campaign and help us reach our target of 100 hampers. Food or donations can be dropped off to the school office any day next week Mon - Friday and remember -- Just one week left to support this great challenge and your help will be much appreciated.
Photo shows Errigal College students leaving Kelly's Centra, Mountain Top with Food Donations for the Hamper Appeal





Art Success

Photo of Catherine Boyce, first year, overall winner at the Letterkenny Credit Union Art Competition, Category 11 - 13 years. Catherine's entry will now compete in the Ulster Regional finals. All at Errigal College wish Catherine all the best.


Technology Competition

A group of junior certificate students from Errigal College have won a prestigious technology competition in Limavady for secondary schools.

The team of four were asked to design and make a vehicle, which was weight propelled. This vehicle had to move in a linear direction while hoisting up a weight using a pully mechanism.

The team were required to produce a set of working drawing of their design and then manufacture the vehicle before it was tested by the judges.

The winning team was Naoimi O' Leary, Illona Pasterick, Keeva Brogan and Niall O'Donnell who used their technical graphics skills to create a detailed drawing before applying their woodwork and metalwork skills to manufacture the winning vehicle.

The teams metalwork teacher Mr Sweeney who attended the event said he was delighted by their vision, imagination and creative skills which they displayed in planning and manufacturing their winning entry.

The winning team members were presented with vouchers and a perpetual Trophy for the school.