March 1, 2024

Wanted: ‘Brain busters’ to represent Kilkenny schools

Kilkenny students have been invited to take park in a new ‘Brain Busters’ programme.

Primary students in fifth and sixth classes and secondary pupils up to Junior Cert schools are eligible enter the inaugural An Post Brain Busters programme announced by Dr Niamh Shaw.

To take part, students must successfully complete a series of numeracy and literacy challenges to secure the opportunity to represent their school at the An Post Brain Busters National Final in April 2022.

Speaking about the programme, writer and award-winning communicator Niamh Shaw said: “An Post Brain Busters is designed to encourage curiosity and gives school goers the opportunity to put their problem-solving skills to the test. As children return to the classroom after so much disruption, collaborative, enjoyable activities which develop interest and instil pride in numeracy and literacy are key to the development of their academic interests and of Ireland’s impressive STEAM talent pipeline.”

An Post Retail Managing Director Debbie Byrne added: “We’ve worked closely with teachers to develop our new An Post Brain Busters challenge, continuing our strong tradition of supporting the curriculum in an entertaining and fun way.  By making numeracy and literacy part of the ‘Everyday’   experience, we are also demonstrating the purpose of An Post – To act for the common good, improving the quality of life now and for generations to come. “

The An Post Brain Busters national final will see 20 teams of three students compete for the title of Primary and Post-Primary champions.

A spokesperson said: “The event will immerse students in an intriguing, unfolding, interactive story in which they participate as key characters testing their literacy and numeracy skills against the clock. Being crowned the An Post Brain Busters champions means winning a prize of €1000 for your school along with a weekend break for the teacher of the top team!”

Full details of the An Post Brain Busters Challenge will reach schools over the coming week and are also available online at: 

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