Something Fishy National Champion 2023

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Sixth class were recently participating in the Fisheries Ireland school programme called “Something Fishy “

As part of this ecological programme, Markus Muller who works with Fisheries Ireland visited our class and shared a workshop with us on the lifecycle of the Atlantic Salmon.

A few weeks later we visited the Unshin River in Riverstown, where we met with Markus, Kieran and Jimmy and took part in hands on fishery and ecological activities.

We were offered the opportunity to submit a project into a competition, under the theme “Life on the river”. The project could be in any format we wished.

We started brainstorming ideas and decided to make a large 3D sculpture using papier mache showcasing a river system. We then elaborated on this initial idea to divide the one river system in half, one half being a healthy river, the other half showing an unhealthy river.

Using clay we sculpted the different stages of life cycle of the Atlantic salmon. We painted these mini sculptures and then placed them along our 3D river sculpture.

Our river system sculpture with clay salmon

A script was written and narrated by a couple of pupils in the class. This scripted described the life cycle and highlighted the differences between the healthy and unhealthy river. One of our class mates, Luke, dressed up in a fish costume that we made and shared some of his funny ‘fishy’ jokes. This brought a fun, humourous side to our project.

We submitted our project to the regional competition with the hope that it would do well.

Two weeks later, our teacher Ms Hickey, received a phone call informing her that we WON the regional competition and were Sligo champions!!!!!

Our project was then submitted to National level for judging and guess what…

WE WON!!!!!!!!

We won the overall prize of €500 and title of “Something Fishy National Winner 2023”

Ms Hickey, Markus of Fisheries Ireland, Emily MAnnion and Mr Colreavy