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St Francis Xavier Full Steam Ahead

St XavierPictured at St Xavier National School are Ed Hearne Fingal County Council, St Xavier Principal Adrienne Darby, Maths in a Box founder Grainne Bagnall, St Xavier Chair John Mitchell, Alexion Director of HR Yvonne Clancy

St Francis Xavier National School (SFXNS) in Fingal, graduated from a new Irish STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) initiative ‘Maths in a Box’, aimed at providing a stimulus to primary school pupils to actively engage with STEAM subjects outside of their curriculum.

Pupils from both 5th and 6th class celebrated the completion of a six week programme which involved specific STEAM related classes being voluntarily given by employees from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company with its Global Operations and Supply Chain headquarters in Ireland. The pupils were engaged in creative, analytical and lateral thinking skills to bring maths to life in a fun format.

Eight local staff members from Alexion Pharmaceutical’s College Park facility volunteered their time to teach classes and assist the SFXNS children in visualising similar careers and having confidence in their capacity to reach them. The volunteers gave lessons once a week, over six weeks, and demonstrated a hands-on activity based lesson.

Through the ‘Maths in a Box’ programme, the volunteers are given an opportunity to ‘give back’ to society, while gaining creditable experience in education and interaction with children.