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Award Winners Yet Again!
We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Digital Schools of Distinction’ Award. This is a prestigious, flagship awards programme which recognises best practice and excellence in ICT in Northern Ireland primary schools. Sarah Fegan, Matthew Nelson and Mrs Moles attended Stormont on Monday 14th March to receive the award from Education Minister, John O'Dowd, on behalf of Cumran Primary School. We are one of only nine primary schools in Northern Ireland who have received this award and they were all presented on the day. Below is a video that Digital Schools of Distinction have made about the awards programme and the celebration at Stormont. Both Sarah and Mrs Moles were asked to contribute to this video - a great honour for them and Cumran!
Winners of the ICT Excellence Award 2015
On Tuesday 17th November at Titanic Centre, Belfast, we were delighted and proud to win the Northern Ireland ICT Excellence Award 2015!
It is fantastic we came 1st in this competition recognising us as the top school in NI transforming teaching and learning through technology. This competition involved all types of schools – primary, secondary, grammar and special schools. Excitement mounted in the audience of 500 as results were announced: Highly Commended – Harberton Special School, St Colman’s College; Runner Up – Ashfield Girls High; Winner – CUMRAN PRIMARY SCHOOL!
The judges were highly complimentary about our school. Afterwards one of the judges from England, a leading light in education and IT and who has judged many competitions, said our school was the best primary school he had ever visited. Another judge said the scores were marked out of 150 and they could not find any reason to deduct any marks from our school.
This is a tremendous achievement and shows the teamwork that is evident on a daily basis in our school – everyone played their part – pupils, staff, parents, governors. The award recognises the high quality learning and teaching happening in Cumran on a daily basis where ICT is used as a tool to enhance the learning experiences for the children.
Every primary school follows the NI Curriculum but how they follow it differentiates the outstanding from the norm. I always say we at Cumran are unique – and it is great that yet again external bodies recognise how special Cumran is. Well done everyone!
Future Classroom 2015 Show Case Video
The school has achieved the Naace ICT Mark. This Award recognises the school's success in developing the strategic use of ICT and that Cumran Primary meets and exceeds national standards in ICT.
As a health promoting school we encourage a healthy lifestyle through our school meals, made on the premises. We have been awarded the Gold Action Cancer Award. We offer a wide and varied programme of after school activities that develop the children's personal interests and skills. These clubs include Youth Sport Activities, football, netball, cricket, hockey, choir, recorders, art and craft, drama, science, orienteering, first aid, French, Spanish, computers, book club, cycling proficiency and eco club. Piano and vocal tuition are available during school time. Woodwind tuition is provided by South Eastern Music Centre.
The extensive school grounds are used as an outdoor classroom to extend children’s learning. We have three playground areas, a large adventure playground, a wooden Timbertots area, outdoor staging and seating and digging areas. In addition, our outdoor multi purpose games area is used by the school and community to promote sport and the PE curriculum. After school clubs further enhance this provision. Specialist tuition is available for many activities – football, tennis, rugby and dance. Swimming lessons are provided for years 4 to 7 at the local swimming pool.
Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child's/children's education through attendance at Open Events, parent workshops, book fairs, assemblies and information meetings throughout the year. Parent/teacher interviews are held in the first term and second terms. Weekly school newsletters keep parents informed and we encourage strong home/school links.
The Parent Teacher Association supports the school by organising fund raising and social events. Parents are encouraged to help in practical ways such as supporting staff on visits and assisting at school events and activities. A Reading Partnership programme assists pupils with their reading and we invite pre-school children to our storytime each week.
The school implements its Pastoral, Child Protection and Positive Discipline Policies in line with Department of Education recommendations. The school is currently working towards the Rights Respecting School award. There is a strong pupil voice expressed through an active School Council and ECO Council.
The Board of Governors supports the school and is involved in its managerial role. It is the responsibility of the Board of Governors and the Principal to apply the admissions criteria. Application forms and copies of our school prospectus may be obtained from the school.
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