Let’s get physical: Waterford school wins prestigious award
By Erin Ní Ghacháin
Students at a Waterford school are celebrating after their project to promote physical activity won a prestigious award.
The Newtown School secondary students won the silver award in the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Ireland Awards 2020.
They were awarded the second place Silver Award or their ‘Newtown Games; Community Gains project’, which aimed “to promote individual, community and societal health through the engagement of people of all ages in a variety of organised events, initiatives, campaigns and workshops, which not only promoted physical activity but that enhanced a greater sense of connectedness and belonging for all”.
A spokesperson for the school said: “The Young Social Innovators Ireland Awards final took place on Tuesday 20th and showcased the crème de la crème of the 411 project entries submitted by over 6,400 teenagers who created and implemented innovative ideas to address social issues impacting their communities, with the support of our wonderful educators throughout Ireland.”
PHOTO: Students of Newtown School, Waterford receiving their Silver Award for the Young Social Innovators (YSI) Ireland Awards 2020, pictured in front, from left: Karen Keogh, project guide and teacher; Kerri Ezenwa, student and Susan O’Neill, YSI. Also included are team members, from left: Evan Murphy, Alice Jennings, Lynda Gahan, Hannah Hadden, Lily Joy, Rachel McGuinness and Emma McMahon. Picture – Aileen Drohan