Friday, October 16, 2020

Some of the staff of Athy College involved in preparing the School of Distinction entry

Some great news for Athy College recently – the school has been recognised by Trinity Access, Trinity College Dublin, for their ongoing work in creating a college-going culture.

The Schools of Distinction Award, conferred by Trinity Access, recognises and showcases the efforts of schools nationwide to transform their school culture and to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

The scheme recognises the often extraordinary work being successfully undertaken by schools in challenging conditions and with limited resources. It encourages participants to draw on their own school and community resources and the resources of the Trinity Access project in Trinity College Dublin to support educational innovation and change.

This School of Distinction: Innovation Award recognises the creative and innovative ways that schools are embedding a college-going culture. They have active, student-centred programmes that support Trinity Access’ three core practices of Pathways to College, Mentoring and Leadership in Learning in their school.

Innovation Award winners support and encourage their teachers to explore innovative teaching methodologies, engage with other excellent teachers through the Trinity Access Community of Practice, and establish communities of practice within their own schools.

This award scheme aims to support the development of ‘college-going’ practices and a student-centred, innovative learning environment across schools nationwide. Athy College was particularly successful in harnessing technology to deliver quality teaching [and] learning in a challenging time.

Athy College Principal Richard Daly said that “we are delighted to be part of a nationwide movement to promote the importance of post-secondary education. Winning the School of Distinction: Innovation Award recognises the ongoing work of our staff and students”.

Cliona Hannon, Director of Trinity Access, added that “we are delighted to recognise the innovative, leadership and community focused work that these schools have achieved in an extraordinary year. We hope to share the learning from these beacons of creativity with all our other school partners. A warm congratulations from all in Trinity Access for your courageous and creative leadership”.

By Conor Forrest
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