East Belfast is well represented in the shortlists for Northern Ireland’s 2010 Teaching Awards, with David Manning, principal of Strathearn, a finalist in the head teacher of the year category.
The awards ceremony, at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Tuesday, June 8, will see the finalists in 11 categories cheered on by pupils, parents and colleagues. BBC presenter Donna Traynor is presenting the awards with special guest Judith Wilson, Miss Northern Ireland, who used to be a teacher.
Mr Manning, who has been headmaster at Strathearn for 13 years, was nominated by headgirl Sarah Curry. “I’m absolutely delighted — very honoured and pleased and quite humbled by the whole nomination,” he told the CT, adding that it was great to have the support of both the pupils and staff. “It very much reflects the character of the school and the feel of a winning team which I enjoy leading.”
Apart from Mr Manning, the other nominees flying the flag for east Belfast are: Outstanding New Teacher of the Year —Julie Lee, of Grosvenor Grammar School; Next Generation Learning — David Stinson, Sullivan Upper School; Teaching assistant — Gary Donaldson, Ashfield Girls' High School.
The Teaching Awards celebrate the achievements of headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants, governors, school teams and sustainable schools from across Northern Ireland. Each of the 11 winners will receive a Plato — the Teaching Awards symbol of excellence in education.
Caroline Evans, chief executive of the Teaching Awards said: “This is a record year for the Teaching Awards with more than 9,200 nominations. Each and every one has been thanked for making a difference to the lives of children and young people. Now the finalists have been chosen and our judges have visited all their schools. Our summer ceremonies are a terrific celebration of all that is good in education and I am excited to be meeting the new Class of 2010. Good luck everyone and well done for coming this far.”