On Wednesday 9 March 2016, NDCS held the annual award event for young authors and artists in the grand surroundings of Belfast City Hall’s Great Hall.


The competition, which celebrated its 30 year anniversary, awards young deaf people for their creative writing and visual artistry.


This year as in many previous years, Jordanstown School featured prominently, receiving eight commendations, four top three places and three special awards including one for our very own Principal, Anne Magee.


The pupils who were highly commended for their entries were, Elliryn McPhillips for creative writing, Charlotte McCann, Charlie Cunningham, Chloe Lennon, Dean Newbronner, Elliryn McPhillips and Emmanuel Ofor-Manteaw for Visual Artistry.


Emmanuel Ofor-Manteaw also took third place for Creative Writing, as did Cain Taylor for Visual Art.


Rhys Newbronner took home second place for Creative Writing whilst Aliyah Black scooped first place for Visual Art.


The Bob McCullough award for best overall creative writing entry went to Alanis Millar, and Olivia Bamber took home the Marks and Spencer Cup for best overall work by a child with additional complex needs.


Jordanstown School principal Anne Magee was delighted to receive the Commercial Connections Cup, the award to a professional who really makes a difference to the lives of deaf children and young people. Anne was nominated by a large number of parents and one parent wrote, “Mrs Magee has dedicated her career to supporting the education of deaf children and young people. She recognises the individual needs of each pupil and is a strong advocate to ensure every pupil is given the opportunity to reach their full potential“. A very fitting award as this was the final Young Authors and Artists awards Anne attended as Jordanstown School Principal.