Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence 2012

Green Teacher of the Year 2012

One of our teachers has been named ‘Green Teacher of the Year 2012’ at the end of an exciting competition organized by Belfast Harbour and Action Renewables.

Mrs Jocelyn Brown claimed the gold prize in the Northern Ireland-wide search for primary school teachers who take responsibility for the environment and eco issues. Jocelyn has been involved with a number of green activities with our pupils including harvesting school crops for soup, gardening competitions, bird watching, setting up a composting area, organizing a  ‘walk to school week’ and a weekly Green Fingers Club.

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Rights Respecting School, Level 2

We have recently been awarded the UNICEF Level 2 “Rights Respecting School Award”. We are the first controlled primary school in Northern Ireland to attain the accolade.  All policies and procedures are written in line with the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child

The following was stated in our recent assessment:

  • Ballycraigy Primary School Community is an inspiration to all who have the well being of children in their hearts
  • The school leadership has established a very inclusive culture based on everyone feeling highly valued as members of a school community
  • We found a purposeful, relaxed atmosphere in all classrooms, with children respecting each other’s right to learn
  • Pupils feel strongly that their opinions and ideas are valued by their teachers
  • The children have a strong voice in the life of the school.

Investors in People

In June 2012 we were re-awarded “Investors in People”

In our review the following list of strengths and positive features were identified:

  • The school has a very clear strategy
  • There is a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere in the school
  • People are actively involved in the decision making
  • The School Development Plan is regularly reviewed
  • There is an excellent management and staff relationship  within the school which has created a good working environment and team working ethos
  • Staff roles are clearly defined
  • People at all levels throughout the school have equal opportunities for learning and development.

Green Flag Award

In June 2012 we were awarded our third green flag.

  • Recycling paper in classrooms
  • Litter collecting
  • Composting – fruit scraps, weeds…
  • Cash for Clobber recycling clothes’ bank – hoping to raise £1000
  • Planting up of raised beds with vegetables
  • The construction of the Muckamore Garden Trail
  • Up-keep of newly planted flower beds and willow dome
  • Tree planting – Woodland Trust – November
  • CoOp Green Schools Revolution
  • Switch it off! – November
  • Antrim Borough Council recycling bus visit – October
  • Acquisition of 3 hens and coop
  • RSPB – Big Schools Birdwatch – January
  • Grants from the Antrim Borough Council for Swift nesting boxes
  • Enkalon bursary to enhance school grounds
  • Travel Wise – Best Foot Forward for Schools – May
  • Action Renewables visit