22 May

Growth for Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus

The Board of Governors, Principal and staff of Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus, are delighted with the announcement from the Education Minister, Mr John O’Dowd, that he has approved our application to increase our admission number from 80 to 100 and our overall enrolment to 620 students from September 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Ulidia Integrated College has been significantly over-subscribed since its formation in 1997. The current enrolment of 500 students does not allow the number of parents who wish to avail of integrated education to do so, given that there is insufficient provision for post-primary integrated education in the East Antrim area. (more…)

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22 May

Ulidia Integrated College gets go-ahead to expand to meet local demand for integrated education

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a Development Proposal to increase the admission and enrolment numbers at Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus.

From September 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter, the admission number at Ulidia Integrated College will increase to 100. The school’s approved enrolment will increase on a phased basis towards a maximum of 620 however the full implementation of the proposal is dependent on capital funding becoming available. (more…)

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21 May

New integrated provision planned as transformation approved for Loughries Primary School

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a development proposal for Loughries Primary School, Newtownards to transform from a controlled primary school to a controlled integrated primary school from September 2016.

Commenting on the decision, Minister O’Dowd said: “I am approving this Development Proposal in line with my statutory duty to encourage and facilitate the development of Integrated Education. (more…)

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19 May

US Diplomat talks politics and policy with Lagan College students

Young people at Lagan College in Belfast welcomed Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, to their school today (Monday 18 May).

Ambassador Barzun was greeted by senior students and the principal, Amanda McNamee, and went on to meet Year 11 pupils. The Ambassador engaged his audience in a fascinating discussion of perceptions of US politics and policy. He was also able to hear something of the development of the college and the history and progress of integrated education. (more…)

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13 May

Baroness May Blood acknowledged at American Ireland Fund Gala with donation for Integrated Education Fund

Representatives of the Integrated Education Fund received a warm reception at a prestigious New York gala in May, where the work of the IEF Campaign Chair was singled out for praise and where a major donation was made to support our activity in integrated schools.

Baroness May Blood travelled with IEF Campaign Director Paul Caskey to the American Ireland Fund 40th annual gala dinner last week (7 May). The AIF announced a $100, 000 gift, supported by the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund, to help provide a new playgroup facility at Glengormley Integrated Primary School in North Belfast. The school has been operating at capacity and the new accommodation for the pre-school provision will assist the growth of this popular integrated school. (more…)

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13 May

Thousands enjoy a stroll down Scarecrow Avenue at Garden Show Ireland thanks to integrated primary schools

Twenty-four carefully crafted characters braved the mixed weather last weekend (8-10 May 2015) as figures made by children at integrated primary schools formed Scarecrow Avenue at this year’s Allianz Garden Show Ireland.

Thousands of visitors admired the handiwork as they arrived at the festival of flowers and food. The creations were entries in a scarecrow competition run by Allianz for integrated primary schools and co-ordinated by the IEF. (more…)

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