20 Oct

Crumlin IPS welcomes Brian Dickie

A prominent businessman returned to his Northern Ireland roots recently to see how his backing  for integrated education has helped Crumlin Integrated Primary school.  Brian Dickie, who was born and brought up in County Tyrone, visited Crumlin IPS playgroup which he is supporting through the American Ireland Fund. (more…)

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13 Oct

Carson Awards Launched

Budding stars in the realms of theatre, art and film gathered at the Lyric Theatre on 10th October) for the annual Carson Awards Ceremony.   Creative talent in integrated schools around Northern Ireland was celebrated as local entertainer John Linehan handed out the trophies and certificates.   An invited audience enjoyed films, live drama and fine art in a showcase of the winning projects.  

An exhibition of prizewinner’s work, including painting and collage was mounted in the foyer of the theatre, and short films and an extract of the play Delicates were shown in the Naughton Studio. (more…)

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1 Oct

One School Of Thought Pledge Your Support Online Today!

Influential figures from the world of business, commerce and civic society joined wellknown faces in calling for a better future for all our young people. TV presenters Andrea Catherwood and Eamonn Holmes, stage and screen stars Geraldine Hughes and Joanna Lumley, celebrated comedian Frank Carson and former world snooker champion Denis Taylor added their names to an open letter which  attracted plenty of attention when it was published in the three daily Northern Ireland papers in September. Altogether 75 people issued a respectful but urgent request for a radical rethink of our education system. (more…)

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26 Sep

NI Schools face urgent viability audit

The Education Minister, John O’Dowd made an announcement to the Assembly on Monday afternoon (26th September 2011) stating his determination to improve the quality of education even if it means having to close a number of schools.

An immediate audit is to be carried out to identify which Northern Ireland schools are no longer viable and need to be closed starting with post primary schools and looking specifically at pupil numbers, finances and educational quality. (more…)

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12 Sep

Backing A Winner – Down Royal Raceday 2011

Supporters Gather At The Racetrack To Celebrate Integration

Around a hundred guests enjoyed a Day at the Races in early September, with a delicious lunch, entertainment and good company.  Leo Callow did the honours as MC and Tim McGarry delivered a hilarious short monologue about his experience at school – and, on briefly serious note, his support for the One School of Thought campaign.

There was an exhibition of art by Christine Trueman (who is also chair of the governors at Millennium Integrated Primary School) and Dr David Sweet (who is also a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Maternity Hospital).  Their work was for sale, with a share of the takings going to the IEF and a private commission was auctioned in aid of the Fund’s work. (more…)

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