Pres girls have it in the bank

St Brigid’s Killarney TY students Kate O’Sullivan, Aisling Coffey, Ellen Hickey, Gace Courtney, Treasa O’Sullivan, Claire Stagg and Mairead O’Donoghue accepting their Build a Bank awards from Killarney branch manager Joe Shannon (back left), assistant manager Colm Cooper and student officer Alana O’Connor.
Picture: Sally MacMonagle.

THE skills learned from a project that involved setting up and administration a school bank paid dividends for students from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School in Killarney when they competed in the national AIB Build A Bank programme.

The transition year students set up a bank in the school, opened accounts for students, encouraged savings and operated the project on a week to week basis. The team decided they wanted their bank to benefit the school and they adopted a theme of wellbeing.

They travelled to the RDS in Dublin to compete against schools from all over the country and won the coveted prize of best newcomer.

They had to present on stage at the RDS in front of their peers countrywide and the pupils and their teacher Adrienne Brosnan were delighted to come away with the prestigious award.

The Build A Bank programme has now been running for 17 years and among those to congratulate the St Brigid’s students was former Kerry star Colm Cooper who is assistant manager with AIB in Killarney.

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