Congratulations, on the double, to Our Lady’s Castleblayney on receiving two prestigious National Awards from Microsoft, one being an individual award to a student, Mai Witthoff and the second being a school-based award.

Principal of Our Lady’s, Mr Eddie Kelly and Ms Kathryn Clarke, co-ordinator of MOS in the school are pictured here with Billy Breen, Ireland country Manager for Prodigy Learning as the school was named as a MOS Centre of Excellence in recognition of the number of its students achieving Microsoft Office Specialist certification in the school year, 2017-2018. Also pictured are Mai Witthoff, Joshua Ward and Mia Mackie.

Billy Breen Ireland country Manager for Prodigy Learning visited Our Lady’s on Thursday November 22ndto make two presentations.  First up was Mai Witthoff, Transition Year student who beat all entrants from Ireland and the UK in her MOS exam and will now represent Our Lady’s and Ireland in the MOS Four Nations Competition final in London on June 14th 2019.  She received a set of Beats headphones from Prodigy Learning as part of her prize.  A wonderful achievement for Mai!

The school itself wasnamed a Microsoft Office Centre of Excellence
in recognition of the number of its students achieving Microsoft Office Specialist
certificationin the school year, 2017-2018. The Microsoft Office Specialist Programme is the world’s most recognised computing qualification for proving a person’s skills and abilities in Microsoft Office Applications. MOS co-ordinator in Our Lady’s, Ms Kathryn Clarke expressed her delight at both awards, remarking “it is a wonderful opportunity for all Transition Year students to do the MOS Module and gain invaluable IT skills. We are all delighted with Mai’s success and wish her every good wish in the competition in London”.  

Principal Mr. Kelly commended the dedication of the school’s ICT teachers for adopting the Microsoft Office programme. “We are extremely lucky to have staff that are fully committed to developing the students’ interest in ICT and embracing the benefits of technology in education by ensuring that our students are fully prepared for third level education and future employment”

Well done to all concerned.

Pictured in Our Lady’s is Billy Breen, Ireland country Manager for Prodigy Learning presenting TY student, Mai Witthoff with her prize on the occasion of Mai beating all entrants from Ireland and the UK in her MOS exam. Mai will now represent Our Lady’s and Ireland in the MOS Four Nations Competition final in London on June 14th 2019. Also in photo is Our Lady’s Principal, Mr Eddie Kelly and Ms Kathryn Clarke, MOS co-ordinator in the school