Shared Education Success at St Joseph’s and Drumhillery PS!

Schools celebrate a successful topic on the growth of Linen and it’s rich cultural and historical significance in their community.

St Joseph’s and Drumhillery

62 children from St Joseph’s and Drumhillery PS have recently enjoyed a hugely successful topic on the growth of Linen and it’s rich cultural and historical significance in the community. Beginning in Sept 2018 the project included a fantastic ice breaker day with a local sports coach, a series of informative and interactive teacher-led lessons at each school, a trip to Lisburn Linen Centre, a highly successful Parents’ Celebration Day at Madden Schoolhouse (a fantastic local venue easily accessible to both schools) and a Fun Day at Cookstown Leisure Centre to conclude. The school based lessons centred upon the growth of the Flax Plants and sessions included ‘Meet the Seeds’, ‘Conditions for Growth,’ ‘Seed time to Harvest,’ and ‘Preparing the Plants. Linwoods, a local firm employing parents from both schools, also took a session to explain to the pupils how they use flax seeds in their products which encouraged healthy eating.  ‘The use of ‘Pad lets as an online communication tool’ also added a very interesting dimension to the children’s studies.

Shared Education is a new venture for both schools and already we are seeing many benefits, not least the excellent relationships forged by pupils and staff across the schools.