The boys from CBS Mitchelstownwith their teacher Sinead Herlihy having won the junior award at the Mindrising Games Schools Competition. (Picture: Alan Rowlette)

Students from CBS Primary, Mitchelstown were ‘over the moon’ this week, as they claimed the top junior award at the Mindrising Games Schools competition.

The aim of the competition was to celebrate the past and future through the power of digital technology with the idea of bringing history and geography to life using 21st century learning skills.

The students from CBS Primary used Minecraft to tell the story of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford. They designed and created different features and buildings within the video and also had students singing the song ‘Grace’ throughout. All of this combined to make it a powerful and emotive tribute to the heroes of 1916.

Over 450 participants took part in the Mindrising 2016 event and CBS Primary were awarded a €5,000 digital upgrade by Microsoft for their entry ‘1916: A Minecraft Music Medley’ and principal Mary O’Callaghan said that they will be using this to upgrade the IT in the school and they are delighted.

She added that they are all really proud of the boys and they hope that people will take a look of the video on YouTube and share it with their friends and family.

The boys who had worked on the project said that they were shocked and delighted with the win, adding that they never expected to win as there were so many other entries from schools around the country.