The Naace 3rd Millennium Conference was held on Thursday 8th -Saturday 10th March. The awards ceremony was on Friday evening at the end of a day of Keynote presentations, breakout sessions, an exhibition which featured a small number of companies showing off their new wares. Interestingly there was an IWB from AVM which integrated the latest Epson short throw projector, at the touch of a button the board rose vertically and horizontally until it was a table, projecting at any angle. It was pretty cool. Old friends from 2Simple were also there to chat about their latest adventure.
I sat at the table with a camera in one hand and a video in the other, nervously waiting for the winners to be announced for each category. Thinking that the primary award would be one of the first announced. It wasn’t! My nerves rattled even more as I waited for my category. Anyway, in true Hollywood Oscars style the winners were concealed in gold envelop ready to be opened by Bernadette Brooks, General Manager of Naace.
I congratulated Derek Robertson after being announced the winner of the Post Adviser or consultant or support service Award. Derek is a leading adviser on Games based learning in Education Scotland., he sat on the same table. We had chatted and cracked a few jokes before the photo session with former Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke.
The categories for this year were:
- Award for EYFS
- Award for Primary
- Award for Secondary
- Award for Supporting Inclusion in any phase
- Award for Collaborative group project
- Award for ICT Technician of the Year
- Award for Adviser or Consultant or Support Service
- Award for life long achievement
Six very worthy candidates for most categories, I had made up my mind that I would just enjoy the evening what ever happened. I was really happy to have got thus far. The Primary award winner was about to be announced but first since the judges had had a difficult choice they had decided to award a Highly Commended to Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea.
Over the next few minutes it seemed like I had stopped breathing waiting to hear who had won the Primary category. OMG! I absolutely can’t believe that I won! Still shaking with disbelief I passed my camera over for someone else to continue filming whilst I went to collect my award , I didn’t know what to say. I whispered the Charles Clarke, I’ve never won anything before’ he replied, ‘You deserve it’.
Now is a good opportunity for me to thank everyone. Thank you to all staff at Oakington you have always been open to change and those who said their nice words on video to support this award. Even though I had to edit out some of the content, I still appreciated you doing them for me. Thanks also to Karin Hogh in Denmark and Evelyn Balogun in Nigeria for their encouraging videos.
Thank you Sylvie, my headteacher, for always trusting my ideas and giving me the freedom the explore and innovate!
Most of all Thank You to all the children especially the ICT club children who wrote their own scripts for the video presentation. You are what my efforts are all about! This award would not have been made possible without you. A final thank you to Jane and Mick from the Queen’s Park City Learning Centre for nominating me in the first place.
The Winners were:
The winner of the early years and foundation stage category: Michelle Hill, Deputy Head and ICT Co-ordinator, Leamore Primary School
The winner of the Primary Award: Ophelia Vanderpuye, Head of ICT, Oakington Manor Primary School, Brent
The winner of the Secondary Award: Ben McCarey, Head of English/Lead in Driving New Technologies, The Cooper School, Bicester
The winner of the Post Adviser or consultant or support service Award: Derek Robertson, National Adviser – Games based Learning/Consolarium, Education Scotland
The winner of the Supporting Inclusion in any phase Award: Woodlawn School
The winner of the Collaborative Group Project Award: TeachMeet
The winner of the ICT Technician of the Year Award: Timothy Morton, Network Manager, RSA Academy
The winner of the Lifelong Achievement Award: Lawrence Williams, Lecturer, Brunel University
Special awards were made by the judges to:
Lewis Philips, Pupil at Inverkeithing High School in Fife and Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea.