5 Dec

Living prizes get primary schools planting at Allianz Scarecrow Awards

This year’s prize ceremony for the Allianz scarecrow contest saw integrated primary school pupils getting their hands dirty at the agricultural college in Antrim. Representatives of the classes which had won prizes at the annual Garden Show Ireland earlier this year travelled to the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Greenmount Campus on Friday (2 December). They  were awarded saplings to take back to school.  Colourful creations from the children formed “Scarecrow Wood” at Antrim Castle Gardens in May.    The competition, for integrated primary schools all over Northern Ireland, is sponsored by Allianz and co-ordinated by the Integrated Education Fund (IEF). (more…)

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30 Nov

Education Minister Peter Weir MLA visits the new site for Drumlins Integrated Primary School

Education Minister Peter Weir MLA today (30 November) attended the official cutting of the sod on the new site for Drumlins Integrated Primary School in Ballynahinch.

The new £3.5 million, purpose-built primary school was announced in June 2014 and has been made possible due to the Fresh Start funding which followed the Stormont House Agreement. The new school will be located at the site of the former South Eastern Education and Library Board’s headquarters in the town centre and is due for completion by September 2017. (more…)

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29 Nov

Teachers strike to affect Belfast and Newtownabbey schools

A strike by members of the NASUWT teachers’ union will affect schools across Belfast and Newtownabbey this Wednesday (30 November).   The industrial action will affect individual schools differently, depending on how many of their staff are NASUWT members.  Some are closing for the day whilst others are opening for certain classes only.

The union – the largest teaching union in Northern Ireland – says that this will be the first phase in a rolling series of strikes, which will target different areas of Northern Ireland as a dispute over teachers’ pay and workload continues. (more…)

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