Ballinderry PS vice principal Mrs. Lorraine
Magowan at the Waterfront Hall with her award.
BALLINDERRY Primary School has picked up two
prestigious prizes at the National Teaching Awards Ceremony in
the Waterfront Hall.
Vice-Principal Mrs. Lorraine Magowan reached
the final two in Northern Ireland for the Teaching Award for
Enterprise while Ballinderry also got the DfES award for
Joaquim noves, Claire
McAdam, Bethan Logan, Mr. Ian Thomson,
Peter Kelso and Mrs. Magowan with the
DfES Award for sustainable schools.
Principal Mr Ian Thomson said everyone was
delighted to celebrate Mrs Magowan's 'hard and dedicated work'.
"In school the Judges watched her in action with the Year 3
class. She then gave an illustrated talk highlighting the
school's achievements in Health Promotion; in gaining the ECO
Green Flag Award; organising programmes for parents and other
evenings to support children's learning" he said.
"She has introduced synthetic phonics to our
school and has written various booklets concerning different
aspects of school life."
Mrs Jill Hendron and Mrs.Valerie McKee, who
worked alongside her, joined Lorraine at the Waterfront . Our
DOES award was given for the work of the whole school.
"Traditionally we encourage all our children to take care of
each other, the school and the environment" explained Mr
"The school set up an Eco Council to raise
awareness of environmental issues. and Mrs Magowan, Mrs Rosca,
Mrs Novaes, Mr Clarke and Mr Cotton kindly gave of their time to
attend the meetings.
"From healthy eating to travel surveys; from
monitoring our energy and water supplies to planting willows for
shade; from recycling to new playground markings, we have
creatively made the school an exciting place to be.
"Mr Cotton from the PTA helped us out by
constructing 30 additional bird and bat boxes which the children
assembled and sited in the copse, while Janet Crymble, a local
sculptor, helped the class to make a giant copper oak leaf with
copper mini-beasts crafted by last year's Year 7.
"Mr and Mrs Novaes led a team of willing
volunteers to create a sensory garden. They planted out raised
beds, created with railway sleepers, assembled plastic organ
pipes filled with herbs and 'living' furniture was designed and
built for everyone's enjoyment."
The school also has links with two schools in
South Africa to hopefully develop partnerships and exchange
ideas for saving energy.