A Donegal school has won a prestigious Safer Internet Day Awards 2019, following the Webwise  competition’s first awards ceremony at Microsoft’s dedicated innovation and education hub, DreamSpace.

Abbey Vocational School, in Donegal Town, scooped the honours for its Best Anti-Bullying Campaign.

Inspired by the work being done in schools around Ireland on internet safety, Webwise, the internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Services for Teachers, created the unique event to celebrate achievements made by students, teachers and schools in raising awareness of online safety whilst also promoting healthy and creative uses of technology in their communities.

The competition continues to grow, with schools across Ireland submitting projects.

Categories in this year’s competition included best use of technology, best campaign, best use of social media and more. The winning schools and students received their awards at an exclusive award ceremony with surprise gig with popular Irish band; Chasing Abbey in Microsoft’s dedication innovation and education hub, DreamSpace at the company’s headquarters in Leopardstown.

Competition entries were peer-led, with young people tackling issues that are important to them. From this year’s projects emerged themes such as device-free campaigns, misinformation, media literacy, respectful communication, image-sharing and managing online well-being, among others.

Safer Internet Day 2019 saw 145,000 students across more than 550 schools in Ireland participate. This a record number of young people joining in Safer Internet Day in Ireland and marks more than a 30% increase, almost 45,000 more students, involved this year.

However, all schools in Ireland are invited to register at any time for a visit to DreamSpace through www.dreamspace.ie. Registrations for the next school year, September 2019 to June 2020, will open in late March 2019 so log on early to arrange a visit. For all updates from Microsoft’s Education team follow our Twitter channel @MS_eduIRL.

SID Awards Winners

BEST OVERALL CAMPAIGN

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

Highly Commended -

Kingswood Community College, Dublin 24

Ennis Community College, Co. Clare

BEST PICTURE

St. Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

BEST POSTER

Eureka College, Kells Co. Meath

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

McEgan College, Co.Cork

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Ard Scoil Mhuire, Corbally, Limerick -The Safety Net Podcast

Highly Commended - Loreto Kilkenny,  Kilkenny - My Digital Pledge

Best Poem 

Aoife Gul - Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, Co. Cork  - Internet Safety

BEST MUSIC

Ennis Community College, Co. Clare, Gaelcholáiste an Chláir and Ennis College of Further Education -Satellite

BEST WRITING

St. Wolstan's, Celbridge, Co. Kildare - The Virus

BEST ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN

Abbey Vocational School, Co. Donegal

BEST VIDEO 

Kishoge Community College, Lucan, Co. Dublin - Disconnected

Highly Commended - Banagher College, Co. Offaly

SID AMBASSADOR LEADERSHIP AWARD

Emily O'Brien, Sacred Heart Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Highly Commended -

Jenny Sparrow, Muckross Park College, Dublin

Jess O'Sullivan - Kanturk College, Co. Cork

 

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