St Columba’s Primary School, Clady had a very successful school year in 2017-2018. The school was awarded Rights Respecting School Gold Award Level 2 on 11 October 2017. Gold in the Rights Respecting School Award is the highest level of the Award and is granted to schools that have fully embedded the principles of the Convention into their ethos and curriculum. St Columba’s puts UNCRC at the heart of its school’s culture and ethos to improve wellbeing and develop each child’s talents and abilities to his/her fullest potential. This very positive programme empowers all pupils to express their opinions and views and actively participate in school decision making and know that their voice will be heard.
On 16 March 2018 the RRSA award was presented to the school by Koulla Yiasouma, Children and Young Peoples’ Commissioner for N. Ireland. The Derry/Strabane District Council, Mayor Maoliosa McHugh and RRSA Assessor, Anne-Marie Poyner were also in attendance at the celebration.
Following her assessment, on 20 October 2017, Ruth Van Ry, from ‘Keep N. Ireland Beautiful’ awarded the school ‘Ambassador Eco-School’ status for its excellent practices, policies and how the children were empowered as eco-leaders. Members of the eco-committee attended the award ceremony on 20 April 2018 in the CAFRE, Greenmount Campus in Antrim.
On 12 June 2018, BDA Assessor, Jo Gregory conducted a rigorous and comprehensive assessment in the school’s re-verification of the ‘Dyslexia Friendly School Award’ for the third time. This prestigious award recognises the school’s success in developing and implementing highly effective teaching and learning strategies and to meet the needs of pupils with dyslexia.
Pictured: Eco-committee receive the Ambassador School Award from Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Dr Sue Christie, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Vice Chair