Inverclyde school wins £1,000 at first Incredible Innovations Competition

A team from Notre Dame High School has won £1,000 in prize money at the inaugural Incredible Innovations Competition, held at West College Scotland, Paisley Campus on Tuesday.

Published: 28 March 2019
Capability: Building
Market: Communities

Organised by DYW West, West College Scotland and Morrison Construction, the competition offers pupils from across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire, the opportunity to showcase their talents by pitching £1,000 ideas to a judges panel.

The team from Notre Dame High School took out the competition with their eco-friendly, reusable water bottle idea.

Impressed by the presentations judges awarded a further two £500 runners-up prizes to St Peter the Apostle High School and Williamwood High School for their homework planner app and multi-phone charger ideas respectively.

Morrison Construction has also committed to supplying 250 water bottles to kick-start the Mary Russell School Eco-Warrior project.

Other finalists included teams from St Stephen’s High School, St Columba’s High School, Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School.

Morrison Construction, Economic Performance Manager, Jim Johnstone said: ‘‘It was fantastic to be part of the Incredible Innovations competition since its inception in August last year, travelling to schools and meeting the pupils and teachers involved.

‘‘I was delighted to present the winners cheque to the Notre Dame High School team. It is wonderful to know the prize money will be used to supply 1,300 personal water bottles to existing and new pupils, as well as staff, cutting the use of plastic at the school.

‘‘I would also like to congratulate the other finalist teams on their high-quality presentations, you made the judging panels task very difficult.’’

Commenting on the competition, DYW West Director Bob Davidson said: “Everything that the pupils have done to reach the finals will help them prepare for life after school – working as a team, conducting research, managing budgets, public speaking and much more – all skills employers want.

‘‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools, pupils and teachers that entered and congratulations to the winners, runners up and all that reached the final. Finally thank you to Morrison Construction and West College Scotland for being great partners and working together with us on the competition - the project will run again after the summer.”