Building Bridges Through Integrated Education

To celebrate International Integrated Education Week, Crumlin Integrated College were invited to an event on the 7th March hosted by Trevor Lunn, MLA in the Long Gallery at Stormont. The event explored the theme of ‘Building Bridges’ which showcased and celebrated the talents of pupils from 62 integrated schools throughout Northern Ireland, through song, art and drama. The Guest of Honor, Irish Secretariat, Barbara Jones delivered an inspiring speech promoting breaking down barriers in our society and normalising educational experiences for children and working towards a shared future.

This annual event allows integrated schools to have the opportunity to celebrate their integrated ethos, come together in an inclusive and welcoming environment whilst promoting respect and reconciliation. The event was attended and thoroughly enjoyed by Mrs Aitken and three year 11 pupils: Jessica Mc Bride, Nicole Orford, and Caroline Ingram.

In this year’s theme ‘Building Bridges’ our school explored the activity by designing and making paper chains based on what they liked about their school. The links were then joined to represent each student in every class around the school. The year 11 art class then suggested extending an invitation to pupils from the Gaelscoil to participate in the chain making activity. The invitation was enthusiastically accepted and a fun morning in the art department was had by all.  The Gaelscoil links were then joined with the Crumlin Integrated College chain. The completed chain was transported to Stormont and linked with all the other Integrated Schools’ chains.
This very special morning brought integrated schools together to show what the future face of education in Northern Ireland should and could be.