Finglas students take Time to Count

Who said learning can’t be fun? 

Third class students at Mother of Divine Grace School in Finglas played games and had fun while improving their maths skills through a ten-week programme of specially designed numeracy and activities which was delivered by employees from Gas Networks Ireland. 

A Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) initiative, the Time to Count programme fosters student’s confidence around numeracy and mathematical problem-solving skills which play a vital role in their overall growth and development. 

To mark the completion of the programme, the students were invited to Gas Networks Ireland‘s Networks Service Centre in Finglas to find out more on what the utility does.  

The students saw how Gas Networks Ireland’s employees handle emergency call reports regarding suspected gas leaks and took a stroll through 'Lamplighters Row’ - a simulated set up of Irish houses and streets used for training engineers and fitters - named after the iconic street in Phoenix Park, that still features gas powered streetlights.  

Speaking as they concluded the visit while touring the building’s rewilded green roof, Mother of Divine Grace School’s third class teacher, Nicola Leow said: 

“The students engage better when learning is made fun and the site visit is a highlight of the Time to Count programme for the students, it is a great day out for all and a wonderful way to end off the programme.” 

After an exciting and educational tour of the property the onsite canteen prepared a special lunch, and each child was presented with a Time to Count participation certificate as a token of their accomplishment. 

Gas Networks Ireland’s Data Control and Operations Manager, Jason Mulhall, who also volunteered his time to help deliver the programme said:  

“It is so rewarding to see how the students embraced the Time to Count Programme and the positive impact it has had on their confidence in numeracy and problem-solving skills in mathematics, both of which play a role in their development.”