Becta ICT Award
Following an extensive external assessment in 2011, St. MacNissi’s Primary School was awarded the prestigious Becta ICT Mark. The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum.
Parents have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology. Children at our school are now leading the way in the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work.
On behalf of all the staff, I am delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It 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.
In June 2013, St. MacNissi’s Primary School has achieved their Eco Schools Green Flag – the highest level in the Eco-Schools Award Scheme. We now join 5 other schools within the Borough who have already gained this status. The Eco Schools is an international environmental programme which enables schools to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day to day running of their school. The programme is focused around 9 key environmental topics, and we chose 3 of these to target – LITTER, WASTE AND BIODIVERSITY.
One aim of the eco schools programme is to encourage schools to develop links with the local community and we have been working with local company Inver Garden Centre to develop biodiversity in our grounds. We have planted vegetable seeds and saplings and the eco-team are responsible for the care and upkeep of the plants.
We are also working with the local council to increase our minibeast population by building a log-pile and wormery. The school eco-team have been looking at recycling for a number of years and as well as paper and plastic we also recycle clothing, ink cartridges and mobile phones. Our fruit waste is composted on site. We have also embarked on a special project to build our own recycled plastic bottle greenhouse and with the help of Mr Tapster, Education Officer, from Larne Brough Council we aim to get this completed this term.
Environmental Youth Speak 2014
Environmental Youth Speak is a public speaking initiative with an environmental theme. This year pupils were asked to speak for 3 to 5 minutes on particular environmental topics.
Local heats were held on 12th March by Larne Borough Council in the Council Chamber. Representing St. MacNissi’s were Molly from P6 and Aaliyah from P7.
The local competition was very successful, with the judges and Environmental Education Officer Marita McAlister being impressed with the high standard presented to them.
The Junior Section winner was Aaliyah from P6!
All the pupils involved had obviously worked hard and showed a great deal of knowledge and care for their environment.
The winners now travel to Craigavon Civic Centre on 1st April to represent Larne Borough Council, competing against the other 24 Councils taking part. Best of luck to Aaliyah!