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Commissioner for Children and Young People visits Carrick

Mrs Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, visited Carrick Primary School in Burren on Tuesday 23 January 2018, where the School Council presented a Rights Respecting Assembly for the Commissioner.

After the assembly, Commissioner Yiasouma met with the Council and talked to them about their role and how they contributed to the improvements in the school.

The School Council is made up of P4-7 children including, Daire Carville, Aoife Gaffney, Ben Grant, Ben Ward, Amelia Magee, Eibhleann Moore, Fianna Murney, Jake McCabe, Katie Fitzpatrick, Lillie McClorey, Lorcan Rowntree, Niall Howlett, Patrick McAllister and Tara McGivern.

Headboy, Niall Howlett, and Headgirl, Amelia Magee, presented the Commissioner with a card and a gift to thank her for visiting Carrick Primary School.

Eco-Schools Prestigious Green Flag Award for St John the Baptist College

St John the Baptist College, Portadown have been awarded their 3rd prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag by the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. 

The Eco-Schools Programme is the world’s largest Environmental Education programme and aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. Its participatory approach and combination of learning and action makes it an ideal way for schools to begin improving the environments of schools and their local communities.  

Congratulations to Mrs Carolan and her Eco-Club for their hard work in achieving this internationally recognised Green flag, the highest award given to Eco-Schools which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.

Thank you to John Paul II Primary School

A massive big THANK YOU to the Choir of John Paul II PS, Belfast for serenading the Council at their December meeting with beautiful Christmas carols and other surprises.


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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