Pupils from 25 schools across Northern Ireland including Banbridge Academy were honoured at a special event on Friday 18 December to celebrate the completion of their school journey without missing a single day.
The Education Authority (EA) hosted the event at Limavady High School where young people and their families were congratulated by EA Chairperson Sharon O’Connor.
Forty-eight pupils were presented with certificates to recognise completion of either 12 or 14 years of school in June 2015 with a full attendance record.
“I would like to congratulate pupils, parents, schools and colleges across Northern Ireland for their continuing hard work and focus on good attendance. The event recognises that full attendance at school is an achievement in itself and we celebrate this commitment to learning,” said Ms O’Connor. “Research shows that pupil attendance and educational achievement are inextricably linked.
“Young people who remain in education are more likely to gain qualifications; form positive social networks; find support on their journey to adulthood; end up in positive relationships and are more likely to have a sense of hope.”
EA Board Member, Pat Carville OBE, said “The efforts of parents and guardians who support their children’s learning by encouraging them to aim for full attendance cannot be underestimated. Getting children to school is vitally important and is not always easy.