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O’Dowd: Christ the Redeemer innovative in use of technology

Education Minister, John ODowd, today visited Christ the Redeemer Primary School, Dunmurry, which has been recognised for its use of ICT.
Thursday, 8 November 2012

Following the visit, the Minister said: “I welcome the opportunity to visit today and see for myself the innovative use of technology and the impact that their ICT has on pupils. I understand that the school were the winners of this year’s ‘Pass I.T. On competition’ for their use of technology to connect pupils with others in the community and I congratulate them on this achievement.”

During the visit the Minister had the opportunity to meet with pupils and staff to discuss a range of educational issues. The school had been evaluated as ‘outstanding’ following an inspection. The Minister said: “The young people attending this school are undoubtedly being provided with a very high quality of education. I can clearly see why the school received such a positive report. The confidence and enthusiasm of the pupils shines through and they are great ambassadors for the school and the community.”

The range of well-designed continuing professional development for staff has contributed to the improved standards in the children’s learning experiences and attainments. The effective co-ordination of information and communications technology (ICT) and the development of the children’s ICT skills throughout the school have resulted in the school achieving the Becta next generation learning award in June 2009 and the Becta ICT Mark in December 2010.

Concluding the Minister said: “Christ the Redeemer has created a vibrant, creative and stimulating learning environment for the children. The school’s positive ethos has helped develop the pupils’ confidence and self-esteem. I would like to thank the Principal, Sinead Beare, for her invitation. It was a pleasure to meet with the teachers, staff and pupils.”

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