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Students who have been commended by the University of Kent on their work in Computer Programming in Game Development
09/05/2013 LORETO PROGRAMMERS CONGRATULATED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT

A group of GCSE students from Loreto College Coleraine, who have been studying games-development, have been congratulated on their work by the University of Kent. The students, Pearce Burns, Conor McIvor and Rory McCormick, all Year 12 students at Loreto College, developed a range of games in the Java programming language, using the Greenfoot environment.  Greenfoot was developed by the University of Kent as a specialised programming environment, designed to be used in teaching and in the development of games and simulations.

Dr Neil Brown, of the University of Kent congratulated the students on their problem-solving skills and their creativity.  He said: 'The winners produced impressive games and are worthy prize winners.  It shows that ICT and programming can be very creative subjects -- just as much as English or Art.  I hope that the knowledge of programming that they've gained on the course serves them well, whichever field they end up going into.  It shows that with the right teacher, some great, fun work can be produced by school pupils.'

Mr Clarke Rice, Head of Computing and ICT at Loreto College, commented that students had only a limited amount of time to work on the project, due to Controlled Assessment rules.  The impressive nature of their games, which include sophisticated animation techniques, reflects an enormous amount of dedication by the students to pursue excellence in a subject that they clearly enjoy.  Mr Rice also acknowledged the importance of being part of the Computing At School Network of Excellence in developing a lively and engaging set of ICT and Computing courses in Loreto, which emphasise preparation for further study and employment.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, commended the three students and Mr Rice on their enthusiasm and dedication in developing this project to such a high level of excellence.