Recent Updates for Parents and Friends

On Tuesday 5th March 2013, 

2nd Class, Room 6,

St. Brigid’s NS.,


won the award for best class blog at the

Eircom Junior Spider Awards 2013.


They were also honoured to be presented with the Grand Prix,

the overall prize for primary schools

by Coderdojo founder, James Whelton,

who himself had won a prize for Best Web Design

at the awards in 2010. Press Release: Eircom Junior Spider Award 2013: Winners Announced


This is the feedback we got from the judges:

“With a diverse range of content

and media types from podcasts to polls,

this blog impressed judges on many levels.

A huge amount of work has been put in

by students to create a blog

which shows off their own work

in a very interactive way.

Readers could easily share their thoughts

and comments were frequently left on posts.

The name of the blog reflects the idea

that every child should be included

and this comes across on the blog.”


Here is a link where you can find the photos from the event:

Junior Spider Award photos from the event on Flick’r


We still find it hard to believe.

Our blog is young and our students are only seven and eight.

The standard of the other entries was so high

so we had no expectation of success.

We were just so delighted to be shortlisted

and to have a day out.


That we did better than that, even now,

a few days later we find quiet unreal.

It might have been a dream

except we have seen the great photos on Flick’r

and Conor McNally’s news report on News2day.

Junior Spiders link to News2Day coverage


Participating in the Eircom Junior Spider Awards

gave us a great opportunity.

It prompted us to look at our blog more carefully

and think about how it could be improved

so as to fulfill the criteria of the award,

particularly in terms of better navigation

and interacting with others beyond the class and the school.

It is a better blog as a result.


We got great ideas in terms of features and design

from the other excellent entries and

got some good advice on the day too

which will help us to get even more out of blogging.


We would like to thank all the people that helped us,

especially both 4th classes, Room 11 and 12

who visited our blog and made many comments,

our friends on Twitter, especially those involved with

William Chamberlain’s ingenious concept  


Follow this link to find out more

through which we met many of our friends from New Zealand 

Room 5, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, New Zealand,

Australia and the US.


Thank you Sue for the lovely momentoes.



4 thoughts on “Recent Updates for Parents and Friends

  1. Huge congrats Room 6!

    This is a fantastic win, you should be very proud of yourselves and your teacher!

    Your blog is very impressive.

    Well done


  2. Thanks Sue. It was an unexpected honour and we are still pinching ourselves.
    It is like a dream…a good one!

  3. Merrybeau,
    This is wonderful news! Congrats, I agree with the judges of the contest, your blog is delightful to read with many different types of media and topics. Your students are lucky to be blogging with you, looking forward to reading more of your student’s fantastic work!
    Warm regards,
    Jasper Sr.

  4. Thank you Jasper Sr. for your kind comment.

    All the people, like your good self, who visited our blog and made comments

    helped us in this achievement. I am very lucky in my students too 🙂

    With every good wish,

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