Cork primary school student's 1916 video project wins national award

A group of 3rd, 4th and 5th class pupils from CBS Primary Mitchelstown in Cork have won the overall junior prize in the MindRising competition and a €5000 digital refresh for their school.

MindRising is a Minecraft competition for schools and young people in the island if Ireland and this was its first year running.

The CBS Primary students used Minecraft to create a video titled '1916: A Minecraft Music Medley' which tells the story of the 1916 Rising and focuses on Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford.

Plunkett was one of the executed 1916 rebel leaders who married Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Gaol seven hours before he was shot.

Sinead Herlihy a special needs/resource teacher at CBS Primary said:

"I work exclusively with boys' who have specific needs and all of whom, it just so happens, excel at playing Minecraft. When the Mindrising competition came around we, of course, entered it."

"We were astounded and incredibly proud of the boys efforts when we were announced as the overall winners of the Junior category at Saturdays awards ceremony. "

Ms Herlihy said the pupils were all full of enthusiasm to enter the project and that the competition encourages sharing of ideas.

"These collaborative and fun projects are gifts that keep on giving, as they create positive memories for the pupils and this feeling of positivity encourages the retention of any knowledge or skills that they have acquired during that process."

"The win was a huge confidence for the boys," stated Ms Herlihy who revealed the pupils are already planning projects for next year.


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