Members of the Irish American Partnership (IAP) visited Glengormley Integrated Primary School just before term began, to see how their funding is helping the school to respond to the growing demand for integrated education in the area.
In the years since 2003, when the school transformed to integrated status Glengormley IPS has developed into a truly integrated and international primary school; its enrolment is growing steadily with an overall increase in pupil numbers. This year 49 children joined P1 – 20 more than left P7 in July and with additional children joining other classes the total enrolment is up by 32 pupils.
Joe Leary (IAP), Mary McAleer (IAP), Baroness May Blood (IEF) and Nigel Arnold (Glengormley IPS)
To accommodate its expanding population, the Irish American Partnership has helped the Integrated Education Fund to sponsor an additional teacher at Glengormley IPS for the new academic year, as well as providing a new interactive whiteboard.
The school itself has done its share of fundraising through parents to provide the additional fixtures & fittings, desks and chairs, network capability and various data-points to refurbish a previously vacant room which is now being enjoyed by the new class.
Glengormley IPS Principal Nigel Arnold says “This school is going from strength to strength; it’s disappointing to turn down applicants so we’re really pleased that we are moving towards meeting the needs of local families who choose integrated education. We are very grateful for the support from the Irish American Partnership which is vital in developing integrated education in this area.”
Joe Leary, President and CEO of the Irish American Partnership, says “It’s fantastic to meet the people who are benefitting from our fundraising. The work this school is doing in this area is so worthwhile and supporting and developing education is one of the main aims of our organisation. I wish Glengormley Integrated Primary School well for future growth.”
The Irish American Partnership is dedicated to raising funds to support education programs, cross-community programs, and job creation programs in Ireland, North and South. It has previously helped Glengormley IPS, and other transformed integrated schools, by supplying library books to reflect the increasing diversity of their enrolment.