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Lismore achieves the Inclusion Quality Mark - Centre of Excellence

Lismore Comprehensive School, Craigavon has received the Inclusion Quality Mark – Centre of Excellence Award.

This prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) reflects the high standards of educational inclusion practiced in Lismore. The further award of IQM Centre of Excellence is an endorsement of the School’s outstanding practice.

In a report recommending the Quality Mark and being designated as a Centre of Excellence, IQM Assessor Ms Teresa McNamee said: ‘’The ethos of Caring and Learning Together is embedded in the wonderful learning environment provided for all pupils in Lismore. Pastoral Care is at the heart of ensuring that the pupils achieve their full potential. Lismore Comprehensive School continues to educate the pupils in its care with inclusion at the heart of every young person’s experiences. I congratulate you all on the inclusive culture within the school which has benefited all the stakeholders especially the pupils who are true ambassadors for IQM.’’

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Together Building a United Community

As part of St John the Baptist College, Portadown T:BUC partnership (Together Building a United Community) with Clounagh Junior High School, pupils designed and painted a Shared Education Mural at the college. The mural is the manifestation of the on-going work which the young people have engaged in collaboratively over the past two years and it represents their outlook regarding the importance of mutual respect and inclusion.

This is a meaningful and colourful addition to the school grounds and is symbolic of the bright future ahead for all the children.

Two Portstewart schools scoop two awards in the Rolls Royce wide competition

St Colum’s Primary School along with Portstewart Primary School have scooped 2 awards In the Rolls Royce UK wide competition.

With an ECO-focused, engineering based project that shared expertise and resources between the two schools involving over 420 pupils, the Portstewart schools were shortlisted down from circa 2000 entries in the whole of the UK to the final 6. They attended the Science Prize Award ceremony held in the Science museum in Kensington, London to see what the judges thought in comparison to other 5 finalists. There were 4 prizes, top prize if £15k, 2ND of £5k, Rolls Royce Employee Award and last but not least the Eden Award.

Project leader, Louise Gilmore was delighted by the result. “We can't believe we're bringing back two such lauded awards from this event.”

“We can't wait to show the children and our colleagues the result of their hard work in school!” Grainne McGoldrick, St Colum’s Primary School.

First to be announced on the night was the Eden Award, presented by Sir Tim Smit CEO of Eden Project.   “As he introduced the award it sounded like our project but we dared not believe it” said Gayle Murray, P3 teacher Portstewart Primary School, “when he said they were unanimous in their decision we were extremely proud of the recognition for the fact our project was Eco-Focused from the outset.”

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St Francis' celebrates winning the International Schools' award

St Francis' Primary School and Bunscoil Naomh Proinsias, Lurgan is one of five schools in NI and the only maintained school this year to achieve International School status. On Tuesday 14 November Mr Dwyer Coleman, International Links co-ordinator, accompanied by Mr Anthony Mc Morrow, Principal and Dr Michael Mc Enery, Chairman of Governors, received the award at a formal ceremony at The Titanic Building in Belfast. Mr Coleman paid tribute to the great work of pupils and staff in links with Lebanon and China and outlined the programme of activities across the past two years in which all 819 pupils participated. The school is now proud to display the ISA logo on all communications with parents and the wider world.

Conference for ‘New Principals’

On Wednesday 8 November 2017 the conference for ‘New Principals’ was held in CCMS Lisburn office.

Success for Carrick in the NI Anti-Bullying Forum

Well done to Shona McAteer, pupil of Carrick Primary School, Warrenpoint who has been named as one of the winners in this year’s Anti-Bullying Campaign. Shona will receive her prize on Monday 13 November 2017 in Belfast City Hall. Well done Shona!

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