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Shimna becomes a CyberFirst School

Shimna Integrated College has been presented with the CyberFirst Schools Bronze Award in recognition of evidence based aspirational goals in delivering cyber-security education. The Award was presented to Irene Mathieu, Head of Mathematics and Computing at Shimna, James Magee, ICT Coordinator and Anthony Bennett ICT and Computing teacher by Eamonn Brankin (CyberFirst Regional Delivery Partner Project Lead).

“The CyberFirst Award, recognises schools and colleges whose approach to cyber security education is excellent.” (National Cyber Security Centre).

Irene Mathieu said, “This award is a tribute to our high-quality provision in computing, which includes A Level Software Systems Development (SSD) which was designed by Queen’s University and local employers specifically to equip students with the skills and experiences they need to progress in the fast changing world of computing. Successful Shimna SSD students have successfully completed degrees in Computing and Higher Level Apprenticeships, and this award will encourage students to explore the excellent prospects in computing and cyber security in particular.”

James Magee added, “In addition to recognising our provision in Software Systems Development and Digital Technology at A Level, the award values progression in ICT across the College.”

In the photograph: James Magee, Eamonn Brankin, Irene Mathieu and Anthony Bennett


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