2 Feb

Question Time At Malone IC For Shadow Secretary Of State

Students at Malone Integrated College quizzed Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Vernon Coaker, when he visited the South Belfast School. The trip was arranged by the IEF Campaign Chair, Baroness May Blood, after Mr Coaker had said he wanted the first school he visited in Northern Ireland to be integrated .

Mr Coaker – a former teacher and vice-principal himself – toured the classrooms and got in a quick game of table-tennis before being shown the computer suite.  Principal Gerry Price described the history of the school which was founded in 1997 by a group of parents and initially supported by the European Peace Fund and the IEF.  After seeing lessons in action, Mr Coaker faced a group of A-level pupils for a question and answer session. Topics ranged from traditional divisions in Northern Ireland, through the lack of sports facilities,   to career opportunities for young people and university fees. (more…)

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23 Jan

Back To The Future: Integrated Education’s 30th Birthday Party

Looking back over thirty years of integrated education….and looking to the future. The BBC’s David Meade, “mentalist” and Courtenay Fitzpatrick, past pupil of New Bridge Integrated College, recently popped dpwn to the Europa Hotel in a DeLorean car to launch the Integrated Education Fund’s Gala Ball.

 

Integrated education began thanks to the efforts of a small group of parents whose dedicated campaigning led to the opening of Lagan College in September 1981 – the same year that the first DeLorean cars rolled off the production line in Belfast.

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16 Jan

One School Of Thought Campaign Continues To Grow!

 

The One School of Thought education campaign has started the year with a boost from yet  another celebrity supporter:  Kevin Baird, bass player with North Down band, Two Door Cinema Club,  added his name to the list of backers from the arts, business and sport.    One School of Thought calls on MLAs to make education reform a key priority over the next four years, building on the widespread public support for greater sharing and integration within and between schools.  (more…)

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4 Jan

New Years Honour for IEF Trustee, Joanne Stuart

Fellow trustees, staff and supporters of the Integrated Education Fund would like to offer their congratulations to IEF trustee, Joanne Stuart, who has recently been named in the New Years Honours List.

Joanne Stuart, Director of Attrus Ltd, is a former chair of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland and has been awarded an OBE for services to business in the community. She has advocated the cause of integrated education for many years and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of business to the wider community.

 

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6 Dec

Scarecrow Winners Collect Their Prizes

Integrated primary school pupils from all parts of Northern Ireland met at the  Greenmount Campus of CAFRE at Antrim) to receive trees which they won during the Garden Show Ireland Scarecrow competition this summer.  The prizegiving event also marked  National Tree Week, which opens the tree-planting season. The overall winner was “Blossom”, submitted by All Children’s IPS, and it was lovely to see two of last year’s P7 pupils, now studying at Shimna Integrated College, who had helped make the scarecrow, and who came back to their old school to help collect their prize. (more…)

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