St Mary’s Newtownbutler leads the way


A FERMANAGH primary school, which is pushing the boundaries when it comes to new ways of learning, has just received a top learning award.

St Mary’s Newtownbutler is the proud recipient of the all new third Millennium Learning Award from Naace – The ICT Association.
It is one of only three in Northern Ireland, and the first outside the Belfast Education and Library Board to have received this accolade.


St Mary’s previously earned the ICT Quality Mark in 2011. The new award is, however, significantly different.

There is a firm focus on learning which is now developing in new and exciting ways.

The 3rd Millennium Learning Award aims to showcase these to the school community.

St Mary’s have captured and shared their good practice through the creation of a short public video aimed at parents and the school community.

The video is a core part of the Award.

It is supported by additional commentary that explains to educators how and why they have developed their practice in the way they have.

The Award reaches deeply into the school, the teachers, the pupils, the parents – everyone with a stake in a vibrant learning community.


The Principal, Paula Kelly said the 3rd Millennium Learning Award had been a great experience for the school.

“All of the staff and particularly our ICT Co-ordinator, Carmel Maguire,  have worked hard to make the technology investment that we have made in school work hard to support learning.

“This Award is an acknowledgement from Naace, a national organisation, that not only do we demonstrate sound good practice, but we are demonstrating new ways of learning, made possible by technology.

“We are particularly grateful to the parents and extended families who have supported us in fundraising this year, thereby allowing us to extend our well equipped ICT suite, by purchasing a cluster of i-pads.”

Miles Berry, the chair of the Naace Board of Management said the award was ‘another example of how we hope to advance education through the appropriate use of technology.’

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