A group from the school,consisting of pupils,teachers and parents, visited Microsoft European Product Development Centre in Leopardstown, County Dublin on April 7th. 1998. This centre is responsible for the localisation of all Microsoft Software and hardware for the European market and beyond.As an entity in Ireland, it localises products in over 27 different languages.
We were invited there to collect our prizes, as part of the Netd@ys 97 competition. Jason Milner, as national winner in his section, collected a framed certificate and a Kodak digital camera for the school. Conor Conroy was awarded the runner-up prize of Creative Writer 2 for his story. The other prize-winners were Stephen O Fatharta, Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Rosmuc, County Galway and Conor Quirke, St. Michael's CBS, Inchicore, Dublin. Pupils from all over Ireland were invited to submit, via e-mail their thoughts on what the information Age means to them, on using the Internet as a communications tool and to tell a story on an embarrassing moment in their lives. Thousands of children responded from schools all over Ireland. We were all delighted to be going to Dublin for a day out
Two pupils from each class were selected to go on this trip of a lifetime. Each prize-winner brought along a member of his family. Jason Milner brought his grandmother who lives Cork for the day. She was very proud of his success. Conor Conroys mother also came.Mr. ONeachtain hired a bus from Carey's Coaches for the day, and we all set off at 8.00 am from the school. It was a lovely morning as we set off for Dublin, with Mick Creed driving. We went up the coast road through New Ross, Enniscorthy, Arklow and Bray. Mr. ONeachtain directed Mr. Creed to Microsoft, as he used to live in Dublin. The pupils from the other schools had already arrived.
We were met by,Lisa Ashmore Temple the Education Business Manager
Microsoft Ireland, and Joanne Hunt from Text 100. We were brought to the canteen, where we
were treated to drinks and sausage rolls. After about ten minutes we were led into a large
lecture room, where we took our seats. The prizes were set out on a table. Lisa Ashmore
Temple introduced herself and the company, and showed us a short video about Microsoft. We
then saw a short film on how computers are used to make movies to-day. We saw how films
like "Toy Story " were put together on a computer.It takes many people working
together as a team to achieve such good results.We all found it fascinating.
Product Group within the Microsoft European Product Development Centre is the Interactive
Media Division. This division works on the localisation
Next, he spoke about the developed of the Microsoft World Atlas. It really is the best atlas available on CD-ROM today. The main developer explained all the work his team had to do, to develop the atlas. It needs to be continually revised and updated. He told us that, as a developer, he is allowed little treats for himself. On the section under Irish culture, there is a picture showing Gaelic Football. In the picture there is a Meath footballer, he put this in because he is from County Meath.
Lisa then introduced Mr. Noel M. Treacy TD. Minister of State for Science and
Technology, who spoke about the success of Ireland in the Information Age. He then
presented the prizewinners with their prizes. The boys from Rosmuc won a brand new PC for
the school, as did the boys from St. Michael's School in Dublin.He presented Jason with
his certificate and the Kodak DC120 Digital Camera.
We thanked everybody for a lovely day and set off for McDonalds in Stillorgan for a meal. The ladies went shopping. On the way home, we read the manual and explored the workings of the camera. By the time we got home to Tramore we were nearly experts. We arrived home at about 7 p.m. after a very special day. Thank you to everyone at Microsoft Ireland for making us feel so special.
The following week we appeared on the front page of one of our local newspapers,"
The Munster Express(in colour if you don't mind).
There was a lovely set of photographs in Parent and
Teacher magazine. Mr. ONeachtain got the photograph of Jasons
prizegiving enlarged, and, together with his story, had it framed. It is now hanging in
the school. Like most schools we enter many competitions. It is nice to win something for
a change,thanks to Microsoft, we now own a digital camera and it gets a lot of use in the
school. We take a lot of the photographs ourselves. We are also learning to use
"FrontPage 98" to develop our web site.It is very easy to use once you get the
hang of it.Our site is simple and we hope you are enjoying your visit. We have an Internet
Club which meet twice a month to keep the site up todate.
Regretfully Jason has now left Tramore and has returned to his native Cork.We say a big "Thank You " to him and wish him and his family every success and happiness in the future.Read Jason's winning story by clicking "All dressed up and nowhere to go"