13 Aug

A level achievement gives options for all at Hazelwood IC

All 160 Hazelwood Integrated College students achieved 100% success today.

The Principal Mrs Kathleen O’Hare said ‘the results from this diverse group of sixth formers across 27 subjects reflect the hard work of both students and teachers and provide students with the platform to move on to further and higher education as well as employment. These A Levels have afforded students the opportunity to take the next step to university, further education and work. Their course choices range from Law and Criminology, Medicinal Chemistry, Accountancy, Nursing, Health Sciences, Media, Engineering, Drama, Art and Dance’. (more…)

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7 Aug

Singers show support for integrated education with latest donation to Fund

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir (DMVC) continues its support of integrated education in Northern Ireland – and has presented a handsome cheque to the Integrated Education Fund representing the proceeds of two successful concerts at the Ulster Hall Belfast and Crumlin Road Gaol in May.

The shows included music from “Voices in Unison”, a new choir comprising pupils from St. Malachy’s College Belfast and Hazelwood Integrated College. Also performing were visitors from Yorkshire: Barnburgh Village Singers and Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir. Special guest at the Ulster Hall was BBC “The Voice” winner Andrea Begley. (more…)

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4 Aug

Cranmore Integrated Primary School children celebrate learning with the teacher of the year!

Congratulations to Andrew Scott whose work with P3 at Cranmore Integrated Primary School has won him the accolade of NI4 Kids “Primary School Teacher of the Year”.

Mr Scott arrived at Cranmore IPS last September to cover a maternity leave and quickly proved a hit with the school community. He was nominated for the award by parents who describe him as ‘talented’, ‘approachable’, ‘full of energy’, ‘one in a million’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’. The young teacher found creative ways to approach subjects including a science lab and a weather station and he introduced a Zumba class for pupils, parents and grandparents. (more…)

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27 Jul

Belfast punk legends’ ‘Stiff Little Fingers’ generosity to the IEF continues

Belfast punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers will be marking 25 years’ of St Patrick’s Day gigs in Glasgow next year and, thanks to the band’s continuing support, the IEF will be part of the celebrations.

The rock legends have developed a tradition of playing at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on March 17th and will produce a DVD of the 2016 live show – the 25th at this venue. To get the project off the ground, SLF has been inviting pledges of interest from fans. They can pre-order the new live album or DVD and also choose from a range of special commemorative merchandise and offers to meet the band. (more…)

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22 Jul

Report to UN says integrated education must be developed

The Stormont government has been criticised for its lack of progress on integrated education in a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The report, compiled by the Children’s Law Centre and Save the Children and endorsed by 58 groups working for and with young people across Northern Ireland, points out that “The failure of the Government to plan for and resource the establishment of integrated schools has meant that the status quo of segregated education has been preserved.”

The UNCRC will in 2016 examine the UK compliance with its obligations on children’s rights under the UN convention and this report will flag up issues of concern before that process begins. (more…)

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