Moneystown pupils a class act in competition
Pupils attending Moneystown National School proved they are well versed on all things 'aquatic' after impressing in a colouring competition organised to celebrate the recent birth of a tropical stingray.
A team from Sea Life in Bray called into the school recently to present eight pupils with their much-deserved prizes.
In April there were huge celebrations when the first tropical stingray was born at the National SEA LIFE Centre, believed to be the first ever born in Ireland.
SEA LIFE launched an education pack on stingrays and a colouring competition to involve schools in the local area in the historic event.
The judges praised the pupils for their 'imagination and artistic licence'.
The Moneystown winners were all presented with family passes for SEA LIFE to visit the baby stingray , including Rueben Glavin-Foy (Junior Infants), Saoirse Byrne (Senior Infants), Ayisha Glavin Foy (first class), Louise Murphy (second class), Louise-May O'Shaughnessy (third class), Ciaran Byrne (fourth class), Sean McHugh (fifth class) and Alannah McHugh (sixth class).
The pupils had all coloured in pictures of the as-yet unnamed baby.
The Managing Director at SEA LIFE Bray, Pat O Suilleabhain, was delighted with the response to the new arrival and the involvement of so many schools in the competition.
He said: 'It is great to see our local schools taking such an interest in conservation and in the birth of the baby ray. Young people from all over the county have been coming to SEA LIFE to see the new arrival for themselves and I think she is already enjoying the attention.'