Looking towards a shared campus – Moy Regional Primary School

Shared Education case study. Moy Regional Primary and St John’s Primary School are two of the first schools in Northern Ireland to be identified as part of the T:BUC shared education campuses programme.

The schools have a long history of sharing. For over 25 years, they have collaborated on a number of shared education projects including EMU, CRED and currently the Shared Education Signature Project.

Bridging the divide – Edenderry Nursery School

Shared Education case study. Edenderry Nursery School is located in one of Northern Ireland’s most divided interface areas. In 1998 a partnership was formed with Holy Cross Nursery School in North Belfast.

Building on common ground – Castle Tower Special School

Castle Tower has many links with other schools in the Ballymena area, particularly though the ‘Ballymena Learning Together’ community.

However, an ETI inspection report in 2017 recommended that the school should begin a programme of formal shared education. Castle Tower embarked on its shared education journey at the beginning of the 2018/19 school year with two separate projects, one for nursery pupils and the second for primary pupils.

‘Educating for life’, progressing shared education – Antrim Grammar School

Shared Education case study. Antrim Grammar is part of a three-school shared education partnership with St Benedict’s College, Randalstown and Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim.

The three schools are also involved in ‘Moving Forward Together’, an education, community and peace building partnership comprised of 19 nursery, primary, special and post-primary schools in the Antrim and Randalstown areas. Though ‘Moving Forward Together’ many joint activities took place including staff training, numeracy, literacy and SEN work. Staff from across each of the schools were able to share good practice and support pupils from across all sectors and communities.

Newry, Mourne & Down Ethnic Minority Centre – Information Sessions

Newry Mourne and Down Ethnic Minority Support Centre rolled out a programme of support through information and awareness sessions across the District to ensure that all migrant families feel safe and respected and their life choices will not be influenced by the uncertainty of their future status.

This video compilation showcases the range of information sessions delivered by the Newry Mourne and Down Ethnic Minority Support Centre.

Good Relations Grant Aid 2020 Showcase – Monkstown Boxing Club

As part of Good Relations Week, we are showcasing the projects that came out of last year’s Good Relations Grant funding from Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Monkstown Boxing Club’s Good Relations project originated from the young members of the club. These young people wanted to get outside of their comfort zone and create a group of individuals who weren’t just from Monkstown. They wanted to meet new people from different backgrounds and cultures and learn from that. Out of this, their Good Relations journey started to take shape.

Find out more about their project in this video.

Celebrating Good Relations in MEA: Exploring Our Space – Andrew Jackson Cottage

The Exploring our Space programme commenced in 2017 and is increasingly popular. The programme aims at introducing spaces and places within Mid and East Antrim that would not traditionally be visited by people from different community backgrounds.

It has also given community groups from throughout the Borough an opportunity to network and build relationships. As well as visiting the physical space, participants also heard from local community groups, received history talks, cultural music and history sessions, cookery demonstrations etc. One of these visits in 2019 was to Andrew Jackson Cottage, Carrickfergus, during Ulster Scotch Leid Week. This event included an Ulster Scots cookery demonstration and a language class…

Celebrating Good Relations in MEA: Holocaust Memorial Day Remembered

This video is a selection of photographs from Holocaust Memorial Day events which have been delivered by Council in the Mid and East Antrim area over the years.  Mid and East Antrim Borough Council wants everyone who lives in this Borough to feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated, therefore these Holocaust Memorial Day events are important and significant to Council as we continue to Work Together to Create a Better Future for All.

HMD takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause and remember the millions of people who have been murdered, or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes, and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of the their experience to inform our lives today.