The whole school community of St Columba’s Primary School is celebrating the many successes and achievements of the school year 2014-2015.
In June 2015 St Columba’s was successful in achieving the Rights Respecting School Award Level 1. The school puts children’s rights at the heart of its values and ethos. The Rights Respecting Schools Award acknowledges how St Columba’s puts the UN Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) into practice to improve well-being and help all its pupils realise their potential.
St Columba’s successfully maintained its Dyslexia Friendly Schools BDA Quality Mark status in May 2015 when it was assessed for re-verification of the award. The whole school community works as a fully cohesive team to embrace Dyslexia Friendly School strategies which have the potential to improve the learning of all pupils. This prestigious award recognises the excellent practices embedded within the school.
Pupils from St Columba's Primary School, Clady were delighted to take second place in the 'Eco-Committee of the Year' Award at the SSE Airtricity and Eco-Schools Global Awards at the Everglades Hotel in Derry in June 2015. Winning second place in the competition recognised the special role of St Columba's Eco-Committee in helping drive the Eco-Schools programme within their school. In March 2015 the school renewed successfully their internationally-recognised Green Flag for the fourth time.
St Columba's was noted to be outstanding in the amount of environmental projects they are involved in and the strength of their actions both in school and their communities. In March 2015 Niamh Lamont, Year 6 won the Environmental Youth Speak Regional Finals in Lisburn against very tough competition. She was awarded a kindle. St Columba's had won the Environmental Youth Speak in the Strabane District Council heats finals on six occasions but this was the first time the school won the Regional Finals across primary schools in Northern Ireland.