June 15, 2021

Bank builders: Two Wicklow schools take part in AIB challenge via videolink

Students from two Wicklow schools have taken part in the final of the 18th ‘AIB Build A Bank Challenge’ which was held through video conferencing.

The pupils from St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Greystones, and St Mary’s College, Arklow, were among 70 schools to take part in what is one of the longest running schools programmes for Transition and Fifth Year students in the country.

Each team presenting their project to a panel of judges with St Mary’s College Arklow were awarded the ‘Judges Merit Award’ for their ‘Friends Finances’ entry.

St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, Cork were awarded the title of National Champions 2020 as well as €5,000 for their school for their project Buzzy Bank which raised funds for their chosen charity Bumbleance, the Children’s National Ambulance service, their experience in supporting Nazareth Nursing Home, Mallow, and the organisation of a talk from the Irish Heart Foundation in their school.

Normally, the year-long programme ends with at a National Final in Dublin where students present their projects to the judging panel before the winners are announced at a prize giving ceremony but due to current Covid-19 restrictions this was not possible this year.

For more details, please visit www.aib.ie/build-a-bank


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