Abbeyleix South National School raised its Digital School of Distinction Award Flag on Wednesday 20th February 2019.
(All photographs courtesy of Alf Harvey)
The pupils, staff, parents and friends of Abbeyleix South National School gathered together to celebrate the raising of the school’s Digital School of Distinction Flag.
The Digital School of Distinction Programme promotes, recognises and encourages excellence in the use of technology in Primary Schools and is an award accredited by the Department of Education. Click on the Digital Schools Website for more information. We are one of only 6 schools in County Laois who have been awarded the flag.
Becoming a Digital School of Distinction is a tremendous honour for our school.
The Department of Education’s Digital School’s evaluator, Neil O’Sullivan assessed our performance against the Digital Schools’ criteria in November and commended us on our range of ICT activities. He recognised how the whole school community works together to ensure the use of technology in each classroom. On his visit he provided us with a roadmap for future development to add to our school plan.
The school is extremely well kitted out with interactive whiteboards, digital camera, visualisers and laptops in each classroom. Thanks to our Parents’ Association for its support through their continual fundraising which enables us to purchase more laptops and to continually upgrade them.
Our school’s online presence is due to one of our extremely committed parents, Cliona O’Connell who set up and manages the school website and Facebook page. The school is now in the process of setting up a “Green Screen” which will enhance the many drama and music activities which the pupils are involved in throughout the year. Cliona’s input plays a significant role in our school ICT activities and in the communication of those activities to the wider community. We are so appreciative of her tremendous commitment.
Avril and Hazel in the office are a great support to us also. They are called upon when we meet difficulties with the laptops.Avril deals with the interactive whiteboards .She also liaises with Midland Micro with whom we have a contract for all our IT needs. She deals with quotes for all our new equipment.
There is a server in our school which is networked and this allows our pupils to print from their laptops in the classrooms to the printer in the office. All our data is backed up on the server also. This is protected by encryption, anti- virus and malware.
No doubt you will agree that our school is equipped to a very high standard for which we are very grateful.
As we move forward our aim is to continue to develop our pupils’ skills and to give them all the opportunities we can to engage with technology at a young age. Achieving this award is by no means the end of our technology road. Like technology itself, we will continue to evolve.