Last week, St Louise’s Comprehensive College, Belfast walked away with first place in ‘The Green Schools NI’ Competition, at a prestigious ceremony held in Ulster University’s Jordanstown campus.
The Green Schools NI competition was launched by Ulster University, in partnership with the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). St Louise’s, battled against 26 other post primary schools in producing a ‘green’ report highlighting energy saving ideas for their school.
The ‘Green Schools NI’ competition has been designed to engage students from all STEM subjects but in particular CCEA’s new GCE in Environmental Technology.
An award ceremony, and the final stage of the competition, was held in Ulster University on Tuesday 28 April, where the 5 shortlisted schools pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, with St Louise’s being crowned the overall winner.
Principal Mary McHenry from St Louise’s Comprehensive College said:
"We are absolutely delighted to have become the award winners of the first Green Schools NI competition. This project has given our girls an opportunity not only to explore the world of Science, Technology and Mathematics but also to develop as enquiry based learners. I pay tribute to the outstanding work of CCEA and Ulster University in the development of this initiative. I congratulate our girls and our extremely talented member of staff, Mr Lee Kelly, for their vision and commitment in our sustainable school and our sustainable world."
Speaking at the award ceremony, Justin Edwards, Chief Executive for CCEA said:
"CCEA’s GCE in Environmental Technology is a relatively new subject having only being launched in September 2013, yet it has approximately 300 students due for first A-Level award this summer. Some might ask, why has there been so much interest expressed in this subject, the answer is because it’s relevant. With increasing investment in low-carbon technologies and the green economy, Northern Ireland employers will require a workforce with the right skills and knowledge to take advantage of this growth - this qualification provides Northern Ireland’s young people withthese skills and knowledge."
Professor Ian Montgomery, Dean of Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment at Ulster University said:
"Whilst energy is essential to our modern way of life, it is important that we protect the natural environment by adopting sustainable measures. Ulster’s two new courses, BSc (Hons) Energy and BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering will produce graduates able to provide innovative and forward-thinking solutions to meet the global energy challenges for a sustainable future. Start your Energy career at Ulster University."
5 schools shortlisted and awarded place:
1st - St Louise’s Comprehensive College, Belfast
2nd - St Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh
3rd - Methodist College, Belfast
Joint 4th - Thornhill College, Derry and Bangor Grammar, Bangor
Pictured left to right: Sarah Iroma; Aliyah Tuansi; Jasmine Cano; Emma Cooke and Emma Jayne Murray from St Louise's Comprehensive College, Belfast.
CCEA's GCE in Environmental Technology
The ‘Green Schools NI’ competition has been designed to engage students from all STEM subjects but in particular CCEA’s new GCE in Environmental Technology. It is a science-based qualification designed to enhance students’ understanding of environmental and sustainability issues. It was launched in September 2013, with AS Level first awarded in Summer’14 and A Level/GCE due for first award in Summer’15, with approximately 300 students from across NI being awarded. It was developed as a result of wide consultation with external stakeholders, to include schools and universities, who believe that this is the type of course that will help to bring growth and sustainability to the NI economy.
Ulster University's new BSc in Energy and BEng in Architectural Engineering
The courses are designed to provide exciting learning experiences and career opportunities in the energy, renewable energy and sustainable built environment sectors. They aim to develop graduates who can provide innovative and forward-thinking energy and engineering solutions that can create functional buildings, reduce our energy consumption and associated carbon emissions, develop secure energy supplies, reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, stimulate the economy and also ensure that UK/EU energy policies are implemented successfully.
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