Pupils and staff at St. Mary’s, Limavady are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work and this was confirmed with the school being awarded the prestigious NAACE ICT Mark Award for the 2nd time.
Following an extensive external assessment the school has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark for the second time.
The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. Parents will have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.
In St. Mary’s we are determined that all our pupils will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future. The award recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our children. We believe that ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.
Investors In People
St. Mary’s was first awarded the Investors In People award on 5th November 2008 and following a lengthy assessment process was reawarded the Investors in People designation in June 2011. The award is made to organisations in both business and education who can demonstrate a commitment to staff development and high achievement.
Learning UK Post Primary School of the Year 2010
The e-Learning Foundation aims to reduce the effect of this “Digital Divide” by working with schools, parents and other stakeholders to ensure that all children have access to learning technologies when and where they need them, both at home and at school.
Launched as a registered charity in 2001, their aim is to bridge the digital divide by significantly increasing access to ICT for education, and specifically to ensure that every child in the UK, irrespective of background, should have access to technology for learning especially at home, working in partnership with schools, parents and businesses.
Sandra Hutchings, from the E learning Foundation said that “As a complete whole school strategy for how to embed the use of ICT across the whole curriculum, engage parents, ensure that people don’t fall through the gaps and smooth over the digital divide this is an exceptional application from St. Mary’s Limavady. A strong feature was the degree of professional development in the qualifications amongst the staff was and the development of parental skills was seen as critical in the extension of children’s learning which contributed to the seamless delivery of the curriculum”
Principal Mrs McKenna commented that, “the award is a source of great celebration in the school and it highlights our determination to provide an exciting and relevant platform for developing ICT provision within the school”
The award recognises that pupils in St. Mary’s are not at a disadvantage in this digital age and It is fitting that after celebrating fifty years of providing a quality education for the young people of the Roe Valley area in 2009, and as they begin their fifty first year, St. Mary’s is rewarded for ensuring that their pupils will be at a clear advantage in the digital era of 2010 and beyond.
Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning. St. Mary’s received the Becta award after an intensive inspection. The mark gives national recognition to the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s are the second non-selective post primary school in Northern Ireland to have achieved the ICT mark, forming part of an elite group of eleven other schools.
Microsoft IT Academy
In September 2009 St. Mary’s became a Microsoft Academy Accredited Centre. The Microsoft IT Academy program is designed for accredited academic institutions worldwide. The program provides educators with the tools they need to effectively train students on Microsoft technologies, prepare students for the global economy, and create a skilled community.
In 2008 St. Mary’s became affilaited to the International Networking for Educational Transformation (iNet). It is an international network of schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to transforming learning through innovation.
Home School Access Awards
In October 2009 St. Mary’s was selected as one of four schools in the UK short listed for the ‘Home Access School of the Year’ award by the e-learning foundation. St. Mary’s is the first Northern Ireland school to have been selected for the final of this award, a great accolade for us to celebrate.
The awards recognise strategies put in place to reduce the socio-economic impact of ICT on student learning. The overall award winner will be announced at end of this year at the E-learning award ceremony in London.
Health Promoting School Award
Health Promoting Schools is a partnership between Schools, Education and Library Boards, Investing For Health, and The Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland.
As a health promoting school, St. Mary’s provides an environment where the physical and mental well-being, health and safety of staff and pupils are supported, in partnership with outside Organisations.