Shortly after attaining the prestigious Investor in People Award (Silver) for staff development and the Inclusion Quality Award and Centre of Excellence accreditation St. Colman's P.S and All Saints NU have become the fifth primary school in NI to achieve the celebrated HP Digital Schools Accreditation sponsored by the Department of Education.
The Principal, Kevin Donaghy said he was absolutely delighted at attaining this award as once again it demonstrates the high quality teaching and learning within the school, where ICT is used to support the learning process.
Digital Schools of Distinction’, is a flagship awards programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of technology in primary schools. Supported by HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft, the Digital Schools of Distinction Award has been developed to help schools to further integrate technology into the classroom.
The initiative aims to recognise best in class practices and build on the progress already made, by providing a pathway and resources for schools who are seeking to do more with technology. The programme also recognises those schools who achieve excellence and supports the efforts of schools and teachers in making the best use of technology in the learning environment.
During the accreditation process the assessor highlighted:
- The strong leadership of both Principal and ICT co-ordinator which empowered staff to experiment with how they can use ICT to support teaching and learning
- The use of the school’s twitter account (@stcolmansps) in keeping parents informed especially with regard internet safety
- The extensive use of assistive technologies and the pupil expertise in ICT
- The ongoing professional learning of staff, the strong sense of team, the sharing of expertise and the recognition by staff of the value of ICT to enhance and empower children in the Digital age
- The willingness of the school to harness emerging technologies, with a clear sense that any adoption is conditional on its ability to support effective and efficient learning, in a context where the pupils’ emotional intelligence is targeted as an essential prerequisite to learning.
The Principal said,
"As a school we try to be at the cutting edge especially with the use of technology. This is being used to support our shared education project with Fairhill Primary School in Kinallan and our European ErasmusPlus project. We seek to ensure that we offer our children the best opportunities possible to help them prepare to enter into the global economy. If the German government are looking for town planners, if they are looking the finest architects in Barcelona or Air France are looking for top-end engineers, there is no reason why these professionals can't come from Annaclone or be based in Annaclone."