ICT Excellence at St. Pius X College

On Thursday 9th May 2013, Ms Sharon Lawlor (DENI), and Brian McAuley (C2k North Eastern Team Manager) visited St. Pius X College, Magherafelt in a celebration of ICT as a tool for effective learning

The visitors had the opportunity to meet with staff and students to celebrate recent successes in:

  • Naace ICT Mark (renewal).
  • Naace Third Millennium Learning Award.
  • Microsoft Pathfinder Award.

The visitors were welcomed to the college by Ms J Bartley, (College Principal) and Year 12 ICT students.   An informative presentation of St. Pius X College’s ICT legacy and future vision was given to Ms Lawlor and Mr McAuley, with particular emphasis on the Microsoft Pathfinder Status.

St. Pius X College was selected as one of the 64 new Pathfinder Schools as announced by Microsoft Partners in Learning.  The college joined an elite number of leading-edge schools from around the world. These schools must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and the ability to overcome obstacles in preparing their students to be 21st century learners, and must have developed Programmes that can serve as models for other schools.  To be selected to the Pathfinder Programme, schools must demonstrate scalable and repeatable models that can help other schools work toward their vision for transformation. Selection begins with a rigorous application process focused on educational leadership, learning vision, and the roles of students, educators, curriculum, and technology in their school community.

This year’s Microsoft Global Forum took place inPrague,Czech Republicfrom November 28 - December 1, 2012. The Global Forum – with the theme, “Your ideas matter” brought together more than 500 of the most innovative teachers, school leaders, education leaders, and government officials from 75 countries.  Mrs E McStocker (Head of ICT) and Mr G Duffy (e-learning co-ordinator) represented the college inPrague.  Microsoft Innovative Pathfinder Schools are selected through a rigorous application process that includes written and video documentation.  Year 14 students in the college led the application process with their unique view of how and why ICT is innovative at St. Pius X College.  All college staff are active members of the Partners in Learning network.  This mechanism is used to support global collaborative learning and innovative teaching techniques.

The renewal of the Naace ICT Mark award recognises the success of St. Pius X College in developing the strategic use of ICT in many areas such as learning and teaching, in addition to assessment. It confirms that students attending the college are at the forefront of modern technology.  To renew the ICT Mark the college was required to complete an in-depth online evaluation and audit of the school's ICT provision through the Self Review Framework.

St. Pius X College is the first post-primary school inNorthern Irelandto have received the Naace Third Millennium Award. The college has demonstrated that they have a solid understanding of how to harness technology for learning. Schools who undertake the Award have some interesting things going on when it comes to learning. For a start, schools are likely to be taking a more independent stand, more focused on the needs of their community; their students are likely to be more self-directed, their learning more personalised. Schools will have closer relationships with their communities and their students will be pushing the boundaries in the depth and scope of their learning.


Pictured are Mrs E McStocker (Head of ICT), Mr B McAuley (C2k), Odhran and Emer (Year 12), Ms J Bartley (College Principal), Ms S  Lawlor (DENI) and Mr G Duffy (e-learning co-ordinator)




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