Integrated Education strives to make Everybody Outstanding!

The ‘everybody outstanding’ message rings loud and clear at Oakgrove Integrated College as past pupils inspire those who follow in their footsteps ‘Everybody Outstanding’ is the powerful theme used to launch Integrated Education Month 2018.

This message resonated through the corridors of Oakgrove College on 1 March as pupils engaged in the annual ‘Back to School’ roadshow managed by the Integrated AlumNI. The Chair of the Association, Treasa Harkin, said “It is a pleasure to come back to my former school to facilitate workshops with current students which are designed to raise their confidence and aspirations by myself and fellow alumni sharing our experiences of life after school and outlining the tremendous future opportunities that can be grasped by those who have attended integrated schools. Today we highlighted the outstanding contribution Integrated Education has made to our personal and academic development and hope we managed to inspire the next generation of Integrated Alumni!”

Treasa’s words were endorsed by representatives from the other bodies involved in the development and growth of Integrated Education as the Oakgrove College Principal, Katrina Crilly, welcomed staff and directors from the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, the Integrated Education Fund and the Association of Principal Teachers in Integrated Schools. Mrs Crilly stressed the importance of Oakgrove College engaging in this initiative as the first of a series of activities designed to celebrate Integrated Education Month by placing a positive emphasis on the status of Oakgrove College as an integrated school which is co-educational, all-ability and welcomes young people from all cultural, faith and social backgrounds.

Roisin Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of NICIE, commented: “Thank you to Oakgrove College for hosting the launch of Integrated Education Month. A strong message is being sent out by the 65 integrated schools and associated Integrated Education bodies who are collectively embracing the ‘everybody outstanding’ theme for Integrated Education Month. Since the opening of the first integrated school in 1981 it has been the belief of those involved in the integrated movement that Integrated Education can make an outstanding contribution, in terms of peace and reconciliation, for the benefit of everyone in NI. With this in mind we are very impressed by our former and current pupils in integrated schools and fully encourage and support them to be ‘outstanding’ in their future endeavours.” #IntegratedEducationMonth18 #EverybodyOutstanding #IEM18 Oakgrove Integrated College