Pupils, staff governors and PTA representatives at Ballymoney Model Controlled Integrated Primary School were delighted to welcome a VIP on Monday (18 December) when Dan Lawton, US Consul General, visited the school.
The whole school community gathered for a special assembly to greet Mr Lawton, and sang two songs. The P7 children gave a presentation on “The Ballymoney Model CIPS Alphabet”, relating all the different aspects of school life from study and sport, through friendships and clubs, to environmental protection.
The members of the school council then had a meeting with Mr Lawton and questioned him about his work and his own schooldays. The Consul General presented the school with a range of books for the library.
Dan Lawton, who is originally from New York State, has been Consul General in Belfast since July 2015. He has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Brown University and Syracuse University, respectively.
Ballymoney Model Primary School was first established in 1856 – one of a pattern of “model” schools across Northern Ireland which included the training of future teachers and which educated all denominations together.
In 2009 the school formally transformed to integrated status. It now has almost 400 pupils and incorporates a special centre offering support for children with speech and language difficulties.
It is a UNICEF-accredited “Rights Respecting School.”
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