Thursday, November 11, 2021

St Colman’s College in Claremorris has been named among the winners at this year’s Léargas Innovative Learning Awards which celebrate the most creative and inspiring communities, organisations, and teachers at the forefront of teaching and learning across Ireland.

This year’s awards celebrate the winning projects in three different but interlinked European exchange and learning initiatives: the European Language Label; the new European Innovative Teaching Award and the eTwinning National Quality Label. And it was in that latter category that St Colman’s scooped the top prize for their project called ‘Sky(pe) is the limit – getting to know new friends and countries’.

The eTwinning National Quality Label is an award presented to teachers with eTwinning projects that have reached a high level of quality in Ireland. The award recognises projects that are original, use a variety of teaching methods, and put pupils at the centre of their work.

Mayo native Ciara Gibbons is actually the eTwinning Coordinator at Léargas and said that the Innovative Learning Awards recognise and celebrate the creativity and imagination of teachers and schools across Ireland. “Each one rewards inventiveness in teaching and learning, whether in the area of languages, of innovation, or of digital transition,” said Ms Gibbons.

Speaking at the awards, Minister Simon Harris said: “Creativity like this should be celebrated at any time but becomes even more important during blended and remote learning – as we’ve all recently experienced. I’m proud to congratulate all the winners at this year’s awards, besides being collaborative, innovative and fun, your projects support European and national strategy in education.  We in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science join all in Léargas to congratulate you on the inspiring work that you have done.”

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