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Pupil Crowned County Down Spelling Bee

Carrick Primary School pupil Charlie Denner has been crowned County Down Spelling Bee at the annual competition, sponsored by Eason.
Charlie came out on top against 21 other spelling enthusiasts and will now go on to compete in the Ulster Provincial Spelling Bee final at the end of May.
The Eason Spelling Bee is now in its ninth year and encourages kids throughout the country to fall in love with literacy, grow in confidence and expand their vocabulary from an early age.
Anne Cassidy, principal of Carrick Primary School, told the Reporter that spelling is an important part of the school’s curriculum.
“We have been trying to improve spelling in the school for a few years now and it is one of the school priorities,” she said.
“We have done a lot of work on planning for spelling and the delivery of spelling. Last year, for the first time, we entered the spelling bee. We came fifth last year so we were very determined that this year we would make even more of an effort.”
Mrs Cassidy said that the whole school is so proud of Charlie, who won the competition after successfully spelling the word ‘hemidemisemiquaver’.
“He has a real flair for spelling and he’s a great child,” she said.
“We’re really delighted for him, he is a real asset to the school.”
Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said; “We’re now in the ninth year of the Eason Spelling Bee and we’re incredibly proud to see it going from strength to strength annually. Each year, the children involved continue to impress us with their level of spelling skill and it’s wonderful to see schools across the country continuing to support this competition.”


Steelstown win NI Primary School Road Safety Quiz

Steelstown PS from Derry have won the Northern Ireland Primary School Road Safety quiz after coming out on top at the final which was held at the NI Fire and Rescue Training Centre, Belfast on Monday 3rd March.

They were followed by St Colmcille's Primary School, Ballymena in second place and Fairview PS, Ballyclare in third place.

The quiz is open to teams of 4 P7 pupils and covers road safety, road signs and general knowledge.  It has been running for over 20 years and this year over 220 schools entered across the 11 regional heats based on council areas.  A total of 22 teams contested the final in front of an audience of over 150.

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The Triple Team

Dean Maguirc College, Carrickmore is celebrating the success of winning the Danske Bank Rafferty Cup when their U – 16 team defeated St. Pius X College, Magherafelt in the Ulster Final. This indeed was a momentous win given that it came after extra time and a subsequent replay.
Remarkably the team has made history as prior to this victory, this group of young players had captured the Gerry Brown Cup and Paddy O’Hara Cup in the previous successive years.
Congratulations on three in a row!

Photograph: The winning team pictured with their managers Mr. Enda Kilpatrick and Mr. Terry McCann and the Principal, Mr. James Warnock

First Meeting of Young Diocesan Ambassadors

 The Diocese of Derry, very keen that faith and Church are a meaningful part of young people’s lives, held its first meeting of young diocesan ambassadors on Wednesday 13th February in the conference room of Saint Eugene’s Cathedral. To enable the diocese to better hear the voice of the young, 40 young people from Catholic Post Primary Schools, who were commissioned recently at the Annual Catholic Schools Week Mass, met with Bishop Donal McKeown to begin to share the views of young people in their school and parish communities.  Meeting once a term, the forum gives young people a valuable opportunity to talk directly with the Bishop and the Diocesan Youth Ministry team and to highlight issues which are important to young people today. The young people present bring a range of different religious experiences to this forum.

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St John the Baptist Win Poster Competition

St. John the Baptist’s College have celebrated another competition win in the Art Department. Pictured here are St John the Baptist’s College winners of the Credit Union Poster Competition. From left Mrs Noella Murray, Principal, Aisling McConville, Credit Union, Bryan McLaughlin, Credit Union Director and Mrs Anita McGibbon, Art teacher along with competition winners from Years 8 and 9.

Congratulations to all involved!

St Ciaran's; preparing pupils for the digital world

St. Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, like all schools, faces the challenge of preparing our young people for a knowledge intensive economy. We were delighted when Diane Morrow asked us to take part in a holistic Mtech Academy programme which would provide a project-based, technology-centric curriculum that addresses the specific requirements of students and teachers thus preparing them for new opportunities in the digital world.

A group of Year 10 students worked on a problem based learning activity investigating the power of mobile technology in creating smart towns and cities. Throughout the year these students engaged with industry and investigated some of the leading technological advances in 5G, AI, Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Technology. Pupils worked collectively to create ideas for the future and got the opportunity to pitch their findings on the stage in Barcelona.

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