Millquarter and Groggan Primary School, are located in rural areas between Toome and Randalstown and are five miles apart. We have been in formal partnership for three years but have established links long before then with both Principals working closely together since their appointments to each school.
St Vincent’s Secondary School and Dundalk Grammar School have been collaborating in Shared Education for close to two years; sharing coding and music classes as well as taking on sign language. To reach a wider community both within and beyond the two schools, this year they decided to look at more current affairs and topical issues and incorporate the debating clubs in both schools.
Supported by their teachers and friends, on October 24 two debating teams each composed of pupils from both schools faced each other on a Brexit related topic. Pat McCormick from Dundalk Institute of Technology and President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce chaired the debate. A follow up debate is planned in February on ‘Climate Change’ with the hope to elicit participation from other CASE schools.
On October 16, Rosemary Dunne of St Mura’s NS, Buncrana, presented at the National Literacy and Numeracy Forum in Farmleigh House on the work she and her partner school St Boden’s NS are doing through Shared Education.
This consists of a suite of short courses covering a range of strategic areas to help develop collaborative working practices and support school improvement. All teachers in schools involved in the CASE Project are eligible to participate in the TPL programme.
TPL Registration is now open for the following online courses. You must register via the link below or via the link sent by your development officer
Blended Learning – Gsuite Registration Link On-line Collaboration (G Suite) - Monday 9 & Wednesday 11 Nov & Wed 16 Dec 2020 - (9.30am - 3.00pm)
Blended Learning – Office 365 Registration Link Supporting SE Through On-line Collaboration (Office 365) - Wednesday 13 January & Thursday 14 January & Wednesday 24 February 2021 - (9.30am - 3.00pm)
Mental Wealth Twilights (Leonedu) Registration Link (Mental Wealth Twilights) - Thursday 12 November, Thursday 19 November & Thursday 26 November 2020 - (7.00pm - 8.30pm on each date)
Children in P6 participated in an African Drumming session and a Philosophy taster talk with Mr McAreavey, Head teacher in Holy Cross boys. The children had great fun making music together on the djembe drums and learning about rhythm. The feedback from the children was very positive and we look forward to bringing Philosophy into our school in the next academic year. What is Philosophy for children? Philosophical development is giving students the opportunity to practice and improve philosophising and the intellectual competencies involved in this, which have wider application in most, if not all subjects and becomes an important part of life-long learning. Through the Shared Education programme we hope to equip the pupils and teachers involved in these life skills and equip them for future learning and experiences.
As part of our shared education programme this year which focussed on STEM, we hosted two special Science open days, one in each school, hosting the children and staff from our partner school.
Schools celebrate a successful topic on the growth of Linen and it’s rich cultural and historical significance in their community.