Top National Award for St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina, Co. Mayo

It is official! St. Mary’s Secondary School has won the PDST ‘Wellread Natio nal Award’. This is a national initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) to create a heightened awareness of the importance of a culture of reading in school communities for young people, as part of their personal and academic development.

Principal, Mr Robert O’Reilly, Literacy Coordinator, Angela Donoghue and senior students, Grace Ferguson and Lorna Salmon represented the wider school community at the awards ceremony in Dublin on Tuesday 27th November.

The Literacy Team initiatives undertaken included Book Clubs, Drop Everything and Read, a vibrant and busy Literacy Week, pop-up book shop, visiting writer, book tasting and the creation of a new school library.