22 Mar

Primary Schools encouraged to get creative at Allianz Garden Show Ireland

Allianz Garden Show Ireland will celebrate Northern Irish heritage past and present by encouraging schools to get creative and get involved in the fantastic Schools Challenges at the Show which runs at Antrim Castle Gardens from 5th – 7th May.

The two schools competitions will reflect the Show’s focus on local Northern Irish heritage in 2017 and embrace our recent and distant past. (more…)

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10 Mar

Sport for All at Glencraig

As part of their Integrated Education Month celebrations, Glencraig Integrated Primary School hosted a “Game of Three Halves” event in partnership with IFA, IRFU and Ulster GAA. Coaches from all three codes put the children through their paces in each sport during the morning with children learning through fun games and activities that no sport is specific to one community or culture. (more…)

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7 Mar

From small beginnings to Parliament Buildings: Integrated Education Month opens with symbolic walk.

Integrated Education Month 2017 launched on Friday (3 March) with a celebratory walk marking 35 years of integrated education in Northern Ireland.  The symbolic journey began with a small group of founding parents, pupils, staff, and friends who set out from Ardnavally Scout Centre, the original site of the first integrated school, Lagan College. They walked almost six miles to the front gates of the Stormont Estate.  Here they were met by more than 500 children, teachers, parents and supporters from integrated schools and colleges across Northern Ireland who joined the final mile of the walk to the steps of Parliament Buildings. (more…)

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3 Mar

Independent review team recommends actions to grow integrated education

The Independent Review of Integrated Education was published on Thursday evening (2 March). The Review, instigated by previous Education Minister John O’Dowd and released by outgoing Minister Peter Weir, contains 39 recommendations for developing and supporting the growth of integrated Education in NI including reconsidering the official definition of the term and extending the current legal duty to “encourage and facilitate” the development of integrated education to include a requirement to “promote” the model. (more…)

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2 Mar

Primary school pupils on fact finding visit in Belfast Cathedral

A large group of more than 80 primary six pupils from three Belfast schools were in Belfast Cathedral on a fact finding visit on January 20.

The children were from Cranmore Integrated Primary, St John the Baptist Primary and Taughmonagh Primary.

They are part of an ongoing cross-community project co-ordinated by Cranmore Integrated School, and supported by the Integrated Education Fund Trust Programme. (more…)

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2 Mar

Integrated schools will grow to meet demand

Congratulations to four integrated schools which have been told that they can increase their pupil population and meet demand for integrated education in their area.  The Department of Education has approved development proposals from Lagan College, Parkhall Integrated College, Hazelwood College and Killyleagh Integrated Primary School. (more…)

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