The IEF teamed up with Parentkind and Parenting NI on Saturday (19 October) to host a family fun and learning day. The event, held at Titanic Belfast just before Parenting Week 2019, was devised to engage and inform families and to celebrate the role that parents play in schools.
Parenting NI is the charity for parenting support in Northern Ireland. Parentkind, Formerly PTA UK, champions the many ways parents engage in their children’s education. The two organisations led workshops for the adults on parenting styles and on working together with schools to benefit their children.
Jill Caskey from the IEF introduced the Integrate My School platform and outlined the process for a school wanting to transform to become officially integrated. Parents also heard from Christina Henderson, whose children attend Harding Memorial Primary School in east Belfast, about the part parents play in taking a school on the path to integration.
Throughout the morning children could enjoy craft activities including a pop-up chocolate factory, Willy Wonka style. The youngsters were also delighted by a visit from Spiderman and Disney’s Elsa.
The morning finished with lunch and a chance for families to visit the Titanic Belfast museum.
Many of the guests commented that the morning was both useful and enjoyable; parents appreciated the message that parent-power can have a positive influence on schools.
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