St. Colm’s has been announced as 2017 Capita and C2K Northern Ireland ICT Excellence Award runner up in the category ‘Transforming Teaching and Learning through Technology’. The awards ceremony was held in The Merchant Hotel on 7 December 2017 to celebrate Northern Ireland schools that are demonstrating innovation in their use of technology in teaching and learning. The event was attended by Mrs McKenna, Principal, Miss Donnelly, ICT Coordinator and Mrs McGuigan, ICT Technician.
Established in 2015, the ICT Excellence Awards celebrate the innovative and collaborative use of technology in schools across Northern Ireland and the positive impact on students and their wider communities. The ‘Transforming Teaching and Learning through Technology’ category recognises schools which have used technology to transform their educational experience and improve the engagement and motivation of staff and students. The judges were impressed by St. Colm’s use of technology to enable students to direct their own learning, embed technology into the lesson plan process and support innovative approaches. The judging panel also highlighted the fact that St. Colm’s approach successfully prepared students for the next step of university or employment.
Mrs McKenna commented: “ St Colm’s are proud of how we use technology across the school to enhance student learning experiences to enable independent, personalised and self-initiated learning. This award is a real testament to the hard work of the team at St. Colm’s. ICT has made a tremendous difference to the experience and education we are able to offer our pupils. We are delighted to have our work recognised by Capita and C2K.” As part of the award, St. Colm’s will receive a prize fund of £1,000 to spend on ICT equipment from Capita.