Marine Harvest staff go back to school in Castletownbere

April 2018: Staff at Marine Harvest, Castletownbere went back to school for the day to deliver a Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) “Working it Out”  workshop to 93 senior cycle students from Scoil An Chroí Ró Naofa (Castletownbere), Scoil Chaitigheirn (Eyeries) and Urhan National School (Eyeries).

"Working It Out" is an innovative, dynamic activity based math’s project for primary school children aged 10 – 12 years.  This Junior Achievement event enabled Marine Harvest staff to bring classical math’s concepts and challenges into the classroom and through sport and fun activities the students applied math’s to everyday life and discovered the importance of math’s for future careers. 

The students worked in teams with their Marine Harvest team leaders to complete sports circuits and at the end of each circuit the teams completed a mathematical calculation based on their results. Addition, multiplication, fractions, percentages all took on a new importance as the students focused on the completion of the task in their efforts to be crowned the winning team.

“Working it Out” has been developed to complement the Primary School Curriculum and teachers and Principals from each of the participating schools endorsed the merits of the programme for their students.  Principal Ann McNally, Scoil An Croi Naofa said: “This event has been wonderful for our students, it’s so important that they link what they learn in school to the wider community.  Meeting the team from Marine Harvest is enabling our students to value local enterprise and the opportunities for future careers here in Castletownbere.”

Speaking on behalf of JAI, Chief Executive Helen Raftery said: “We are delighted to work with Marine Harvest in Castletownbere. JAI has been supported by industry and school leaders in delivering a comprehensive range of education opportunities to young people for over 20 years. More than 150 businesses release 3,000 business volunteers from across a range of industries to facilitate JAI programmes each year to complement the work of families and teachers in inspiring and motivating young people to maximise their potential.

Maurice Kelly, HR Manager, Marine Harvest said: “We’re always delighted with the opportunity to give something back to the communities we’re a part of and the Junior Achievement Ireland workshops are always an enriching and worthwhile investment of our employee’s time. We’re always eager to help in whatever way we can in developing the youth of today into leaders of tomorrow.”