8 Dec

Politicians travel from Dublin to see integration in action

Members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement travelled North to visit two integrated schools on Thursday (3 December 2015). This Committee offers an opportunity to foster better links and dialogue between parliamentarians from both sides of the border. It plays an important role in informing debate on areas of mutual interest such as: reconciliation issues; commemoration and anniversaries; North-South Co-Operation across Sectoral Areas (e.g. Health, Transport, Education, Agriculture, Tourism & Culture); and funding programmes such as PEACE money from Europe, the International Fund for Ireland and so on.

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4 Dec

More places to meet demand at Portadown Integrated Primary School

Supporters of integrated education in the Portadown area are celebrating the news that more families will be able to access integrated primary school places from next September.

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved a Development Proposal (with modification) to increase the admissions and enrolment numbers at Portadown Integrated Primary School. (more…)

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3 Dec

Education Minister John O’Dowd opens new nursery at Phoenix Integrated Primary School

Phoenix Integrated Primary School today (Weds 2 December) welcomed Education Minister John O’Dowd to the official opening of the school’s new nursery unit.

The unit, which provides 26 part-time nursery places, was established with funding from the Department’s minor works scheme at a cost of £330,000. The Minister also viewed other completed minor works at the school which represent an additional investment of £499,000 to create new classrooms and an entrance area and other associated works. (more…)

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2 Dec

Portadown Integrated Primary School pupils challenge racism

Young people gathered at Portadown IPS on Friday 27 November to discuss ways of supporting newcomer and ethnic minority families in an increasingly diverse Northern Ireland.

The school hosted a “Communities in Dialogue” day with support from the Integrated Education Fund and the Open Society Foundations. The wider community, including children from other primary schools in Portadown, was invited to explore ways of combatting racism and prejudice. (more…)

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1 Dec

Past pupils go back to school to inspire today’s students

Past pupils of integrated colleges are going back to school as they take on an important role, speaking to current pupils about the world which awaits them and the support available as they move on.

In a unique initiative, students at seven integrated colleges have been enjoying the “Back to School” programme, delivered by members of the Integrated Education Alumni Association (IEAA).

After fun icebreaker activities, presentations and discussion centre on options for the future and the network of contacts ready to help young adults leaving integrated schools. (more…)

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30 Nov

British American Project conference hears from Integrated Alumni

Two active members of the Integrated Education Alumni Association told of their school experiences when the British American Project held a conference in Northern Ireland recently.

Robert Magee (a past pupil at Lagan College) and Anna Hunter (formerly of Shimna Integrated College) addressed the meeting at the Linenhall Library in Belfast on Saturday 14 November. (more…)

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