Integration was celebrated at the Stena Line Belfast Giants game on Saturday (29 February) at a special event hosted by the IEF parental engagement team. Before the Giants’ match, families who would like their schools to consider taking the journey to integration gathered at the SSE Arena’s VIP West Lounge to hear from schools currently going through the process, called transformation, of becoming integrated.
The relaxed event, also attended by parents and pupils from integrated schools, offered the opportunity for discussions of the benefits of integration and an exploration of the process for schools. Almost any school in NI can go through this process, with the support of parents. Guests were treated to a short presentation about the Integrate My School website, which allows parents to confidentially register their support for their school transforming to integrated status. This was followed by a chance to ask questions and hear from parents and staff who have been through or are going through the process.
The families then enjoyed refreshments and a fantastic view of the match between Belfast Giants and Guildford Flames, sponsored by Integrate My School. The IMS team had the honour of officially opening the game by dropping the puck but unfortunately did not bring luck to the Giants, who lost 5-4 in extra time.
There was also a surprise visit from Finn McCool, the Giants’ mascot, who was pleased to help promote the IMS campaign with the help of parents and pupils.
You can confidentially register your support for your school transforming to integrated status here www.integratemyschool.com.
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