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Children at Holy Trinity Primary School in West Belfast are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work, and that's official.
Following an extensive external assessment, Holy Trinity Primary School has become the first primary school in the Belfast Education and Library Board area to be awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. The award recognises the success of the school in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum.
Mr David Cargo, Chief Executive of Belfast Education and Library Board, said "We are determined that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future. Holy Trinity Primary School should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in our local schools."
Clare Armstrong, Principal of the school, commented: "Everyone at Holy Trinity Primary School is delighted that we have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. It has long been a central plank of our teaching philosophy to explore and utilise ICT to the advantage of our pupils and this has been noted as a strength of the school in reports by the inspectorate. 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. That Holy Trinity Primary School has received this award is a welcome recognition of the school's positive approach to ICT. We are very proud to have gained the right to include the ICT Mark on our website and correspondence and will spur all of us on in our continuing commitment to ensure that our children enjoy all of the benefits of excellence and forward-thinking in ICT."
Mrs Armstrong noted particularly the sterling work of the co-ordinators with particular responsibility for developing ICT in Holy Trinity Primary School, Martine Rooney and Cathy Harte, and ensuring that the school was ready for ICT Mark assessment and who commented: "We are really pleased that the presentation of this award shows recognition of the excellent ICT work that is taking place at Holy Trinity Primary School. Applying for the award really brought into focus the ICT work that we are doing each and every day. All the children and staff deserve credit for this achievement."
Bernadette Brooks, Naace General Manager, said "Holy Trinity Primary School thoroughly deserve the accolade of an ICT Mark accreditation. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a whole school approach to using ICT in schools. We look forward to working with Holy Trinity Primary School to demonstrate how ICT can have a substantial impact on learner outcomes in the future.