Downpatrick school receives digital schools final recognition

Downpatrick school receives digital schools final recognition

8 May 2024

OUR Lady and St Patrick Primary School and Bunscoil Mhuire agus Phádraig, Downpatrick recently celebrated their achievements as Digital Schools and EdTech finalists.

The Digital Schools and EdTech awards recognise outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology, enriching the lives of learners worldwide.

The school’s digital leaders organised a Coding Day to showcase the excellent work happening within the school.

Students had hands-on experiences with various coding tools, including Micro:bit, Ozobots, Sphero Indi Cars and Dash and Dot.

A school spokesperson said: “The school receives valuable support from the PTA and governors.

“Their assistance has enabled the creation of a digital school through the provision of essential resources for computational thinking. This investment paved the way for the successful coding day.

“All staff members enthusiastically embrace professional learning opportunities and are dedicated to promoting high-quality teaching and learning using ICT across all areas of the curriculum.

In addition the school has sought assistance from external organisations, including the Nerve Centre.

During the coding event, the digital leaders impressed with their organisational skills and creative design challenges. As a result, the school was awarded the Innovate Badge for Coding by the Nerve Centre.

The spokesperson said: “This prestigious award is granted to select schools that push the boundaries of digital integration in education, foster creativity, critical thinking, and prepare students for the future through immersive learning experiences.

“Our Lady and St Patrick PS Bunscoil Mhuire agus Phádraig demonstrate unwavering dedication to enhancing children’s learning experiences through ICT. 

“The school community eagerly continues to inspire their students to innovate and use technology effectively.”