St. Colmcille’s Primary School recognises the importance of every member of staff, both teaching and non-teaching. As a result of all staff working collectively as a team the pupils are provided with every opportunity to fulfil their potential. Staff are encouraged to further their own professional development, over-and-above that which is provided for as part of the whole school development needs. Success is celebrated and recognised both in school and in the wider community.
National Teaching Awards
The Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of teaching and learning. It provides a unique opportunity for everyone to say a special ‘Thank You’ to the inspirational and dedicated people working in schools. Every year the Teaching Awards Trust host a ceremony in Northern Ireland to present the winners with the coveted Silver Plato. Mr B McKenna was awarded the Principal of the Year in a Primary School in 2005.
The Professional Qualification for Headship, PQH(NI), is an accredited course for those aspiring to headship which is recognised as being equivalent to NPQH in England and has equal status with Welsh NPQH and Scottish Qualification for Headship. The qualification has been redesigned in 2010 to reflect the changing role of headship and of school leadership and to meet the needs of those whose leadership experience and expertise places them within a touching distance of headship. PQH (NI) prepares aspiring headteachers for 21st century strategic leadership and management challenges in Northern Ireland schools.
Four members of staff have achieved the PQH accreditation: Mr B McKenna, Mr H Walls, Miss A Cunningham and Miss C Stewart.
In it’s endeavour to support children in acquiring the key reading skills, the school’s learning support staff have received training and a qualification in Reading Partners and the Toe by Toe programme. Each initiative involves the staff members working very closely with the children on a one-to-one basis following an intensive programme of study lasting ten weeks. The programmes have been in operation in the school for four years and a total of fifty-two children have benefited from the initiatives.
Qualified Learning Support Staff: Mrs G Beattie, Mrs N Clarke, Mrs G Kelly, Mrs V Hayes and Mrs B Laverty.
The school is one of the first primary schools in Northern Ireland to have Maths Recovery specialists. This programme supports children who have dyscalculia and/or difficulty with understanding Number. The ten week programme involves daily one-to-one sessions of half hour duration with the specialist.
Qualified Maths Recovery staff: Mrs F McMullan, Mrs B Laverty and Mr P Kearney.
The Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) enables staff to use psychometric tests to identify barriers to learning for children who are not realising their potential. In St. Colmcille’s qualified staff support colleagues by providing appropriate teaching strategies to further children’s learning and quantitative data for the school’s educational psychologist.
Qualified CCET staff: Mrs C McAleer, Miss S Agnew and Mr H Walls.