13 Mar

Schools meet in Belfast to learn how “Integration Works”

Following the publication of the Department of Education document “Integration Works” – which presents guidance and information for schools considering becoming integrated, NICIE and the IEF collaborated to host as Integration Works event on 07 March at Crumlin Road Gaol. This one-day conference gave interested schools and parents the opportunity to explore the idea of transformation to integrated status in more depth.   (more…)

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27 Feb

Building Links on the slopes

88 students from Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen and Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh, took part in the first joint integrated ski trip for colleges in the west of the province. Accompanied by 9 staff from both schools and Dr Gerry Mackin (South West Acute Hospital) as the trip doctor, the groups departed their respective schools in the early hours of Saturday 27th January to Dublin Airport: the final destination being the Italian Ski resort of Bormio staying in Hotel Girasole 2000 for six days skiing. (more…)

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20 Feb

Bridge IPS film buffs set to walk the red carpet

Film fans at Bridge Integrated Primary School in Banbridge are heading to London in March as finalists in an awards ceremony run by Into Film.  The 36 members of Bridge IPS Into Film Club meet every week to watch and discuss movies and they have made it to the final three Under-12 film clubs in the UK.

The trip to the South Bank Centre in London is supported by the Carson Awards scheme, which is funded by the family of the late Frank Carson and run by the IEF. This scheme encourages and recognises creativity in integrated schools. (more…)

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19 Feb

Drumragh Integrated College to admit more students after long campaign

Drumragh Integrated College, in Omagh, is to expand from September after the DE (Department of Education) approved a proposal to welcome more pupils at Year 8 and at sixth form.  The DE has permitted an increased admission of nine places from 96 to 105  – slightly fewer than the College had requested – with the sixth form provision increasing from 100 to 120 students. This will eventually bring the overall enrolment at Drumragh IC to 645. (more…)

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