Capita IT Networks and C2k have announced that St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s Primary School Foreglen has been awarded the Highly Commended Award at the ICT Excellence Awards at The Merchant Hotel Belfast on Monday 24th June.
After speaking to the children, the judges commented on how confident the children could talk about their learning experiences and how they have helped pupils and teachers from schools across the country use technology effectively in their classrooms. In January 2019, 150 children from 23 schools across the country visited Foreglen for a Digital Leader Day, led and facilitated by the children of Foreglen. The children also won the GAA Innovation Award at The Irish News School of the Year Awards in June 2018 for making a free digital book for coaches and children who want to develop the basic skills of Gaelic Football. This book is available to download on the Apple Book Store all across the world.
The judges were particularly impressed with the impact of the school in the local, national and international community. The school runs parent sessions in E-Safety and teacher training sessions on using technology in the classroom. In fact, since September 2018, 637 teachers have attended St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s Primary School Foreglen for training in learning and teaching with technology. The school’s pupil Digital Leader team said, “We are so happy to win this award. We love our maths and English lessons in school, taking part in activities like programming robots to learn about angles and creating augmented reality videos to help us learn about exciting genres of writing like recounts and instructional texts.”
The school principal, Mr Michael O’Kane talked about the work the school community has done over the past few years. “This award highlights the high levels of collaboration between the staff of the school, governors and parents in ensuring the very best learning experiences possible for the children in Foreglen. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our children for the enormous contribution they make to the life of the school and also the impact they are making not just in the local community but also in schools across the country.”