Presentation Ballyphehane are 'One in a Hundred' for excellence in use of Technology

Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Co. Cork recently received the "Excellence in Education" award at a prestigious ceremony held for Munster's leaders in innovation and use of technology.

220 people packed the Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Cork on the 24th November to hear the winners of the 2011 it@cork Leaders Awards.

The awards were set up to recognise Leaders in Technology and Business Innovation in Munster.

The event not only provided an opportunity for the tech community to recognise their peers who are driving success in the area, they also provided a platform for technology business leaders to meet in a relaxed celebratory atmosphere.

'This is a unique event for tech companies' explains Denis Collins, Chair of it@cork Board of Directors. 'This is a unique event for the ICT industry and clearly demonstrates that Ireland Inc is open for business, driving global thought leadership, collaboration and value to the marketplace.

This is just the start of further emergence onto the global stage, our IT industry is alive and well and will continue to be an integral part of growth for Ireland Inc ."

John Wall, Chair of the 2011 organising committee adds' "We received over 100 nominations across seven categories and the standard was fantastic. The number of good projects with great people and strong aspirations should give us confidence that the future of the tech sector in Munster is in good shape."

The school were nominated for the it@cork leaders awards 2011 in the Excellence in Education category. After this they submitted three pages as to why they should be shortlisted and subsequently the school were one of the three schools to be shortlisted as finalists.

Next came the judging! A panel of four men judges came to the school – visited four classrooms to see the IT in action. The Principal then made a PowerPoint presentation – as had been requested in advance – with a question and answer session afterwards. Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane did not know they had won until the night of the ceremony!

The Excellence in Education award was the first to be presented with a delighted school Principal, Sr. Sheila Kelleher accepting the award on behalf of the school (see picture below).

Fergal Brosnan, Managing Director, Berkley Group and chair of the Excellence in Education Judging panel explained: The judging panel found the approach by the school, teachers and students was fully integrated, and progressive, with each participant pushing the other to bring the most out of technology.

Engagement by all participants was superb, inclusivity of all students, from the use for special needs, to utilising Technology within the extra curricular activities such as their Choir.

The teacher based classrooms have benefited both the students and teachers, with each teacher effectively using technology as the new chalk".

CEIST congratulates Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane on what is a fantastic achievement for the school. 

The school also made the headlines last year when they won the All Island School Choir Competition!










Pictured above (LtoR) are Anthony O'Mara, President EMEA Trend Micro, Sr. Sheila Kelleher, School Principal, Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane receiving award for school and Fergal Brosnan, MD, Berkley Recruitment.