This is a round-up of what schools are doing during IIEW2013.
At Acorn, we are planning to prepare and give class assemblies related to ‘Me, We, Our World.’ Nursery – families, Primary 1 – different foods from around the world, Primary 2 – celebrations around the world, how we and others celebrate birthdays, Primary 3 – our talents and how we use them, Primary 4 – disabilities, Primary 5 – flags local to us and in the wider world, Primary 6 – what makes me special and Primary 7 – world religions.
Braidside Integrated Primary, Ballymena
* The whole school are having a story telling session on Wednesday 6 March to coincide with World Book Day, incorporating stories from around the world
* P7 are sending two pupils, a parent and one teacher to the International Integrated Education Week Celebration in the Long Gallery at Stormont on Thursday 7 March.
* P7 are creating a blog ‘Me We Our World
* P7 are discussing Integrated Education Week and publishing articles on Learning NI. These will be accessible and live!
* P4 are completing a short film for showing in Australia by the ‘Bag Lady’ based on a story told by Liz Weir around environmental issues and creating posters to highlight environmental issues in school.
*P7 are taking an ‘Integrated Education Week’ assembly looking at the world we live in and elements of it (culture, language, dialects, currencies, food, stories etc.)
Mrs Fulton and a couple of pupils will visit Stormont to attend an Integrated Education week event hosted by Trevor Lunn, MLA. As it is also Climate Change week, one of our classes will take a lead in looking after our world, and will be busy designing posters to help us all remember to save power. On Wednesday, we will be offering a story telling menu of stories from around the world for the children to enjoy.
Friday 8th March is International School Meals day and our meals service are offering a buffet with an international flavour on the day.
We enjoy being an integrated school and the week is a good opportunity to think about our shared values and to celebrate learning together.
All classes from Nursery through to P7 are celebrating our integrated ethos with special age-appropriate activities this week. In addition to these planned lessons, we are also:
• Celebrating World Book Day
• Hosting a book fair
• Launching a sponsored readathon for CLIC Sargent (as chosen by our Pupils’ Council)
• Linking up with schools in USA through our Board of Governors
• Contacting Larne Elementary School, Clover County, USA
• Completing an ICT presentation in Spanish to share with European friends
• Promoting our school through our new-look website
We will round off celebrations with a special assembly.
During Integration week, all pupils are recording a diary of their day and pupils in Sri Lanka are doing the same activity. We will then post examples of work to each school and compare life in both countries. Ms Wright’s class are holding an assembly during Integration week. The assembly theme will be based on Ms Wright’s visit to Sri Lanka – she will show a Powerpoint presentation of photos and a short video. Parents will be invited to this assembly and will be offered a cup of Sri Lankan tea! We are also planning to cook some international food during this week.
You can view a full list of Drumragh’s events by clicking here: Drumragh IC IEW ACTIVITIES13
P1 Children are combining Integrated Education Week and Book week to make Me, We, Our World Books. A mixture of pictures and text will be used to create a book that celebrates the week and reflects the nature of our diverse and positive school.
P3 will be looking at relationships and connections to people and places both local and international through discussion and artwork. Circles will be a focal point in these discussions – circles of friends, family circles and the circular connections we find when we explore our connections to each other through relationships, heritage and trade all over our big, round world!
P4/5 are looking at Community Maps looking at significant places and people in their community and exploring the physical and social focal points that are important to us. We’ll explore how different individuals will have variations on their community maps but also similarities. It will provide an opening to further discussion about identity, diversity and our needs, rights and responsibilities as members of a local community and a wider society.
P6 children will be presenting an assembly on Thursday morning based on one of our ‘Fantastic Forgies’ personal development themes – commitment.
This is a perfect week to explore the idea of commitment as we review our commitment to an integrated ethos and remind ourselves why having a diverse mix of people working and learning together in an open and constructive atmosphere is the best way for our children to flourish.
The P6 children will underline the idea that commitment and tenacity are important qualities to develop, whether it’s a commitment to getting your homework finished or to sustaining an ethos of integration in schools to help make a more functional and positive society in the future.
It’s also World Book Day on Thursday and with that in mind we will have children from P1 – P5 coming to school dressed as their favourite book character. This is always fun and since it’s also International Education Week we hope to see a few characters representing stories from different parts of the world. Even the commonplace can have an International dimension. Many of our best loved folk tales and fairy stories have their origins in other parts or Europe and beyond and much contemporary fiction can be used to help explore the diverse nature of our world.
P7 pupils have already been out this week on a visit to Down County Museum, housed in the restored Downpatrick Gaol. They’ve been working on the topic of Victorians and the museum visit helped to bring to life some of the themes they’ve been working on around the conditions and lives of people, particularly children during the Victorian period. The very stark contrast between the lives of ordinary children then and now is something that fits very well into personal development work on diversity and equality and we don’t have to look too far to recognise that these issues are not yet resolved and we still have much to learn.
It’s Integrated Education Week and it’s also Fair Trade Fortnight. Given the obvious links between the concept of Fair Trade and issues around diversity, rights and responsibilities and community we couldn’t let the week go without also marking that. So this Friday at Forge we are declaring Fair-trade Friday. We’ll be asking parents and children to make an effort to choose a fair-trade product for their morning snack.
Glencraig Integrated Primary School
Between the 4th and 8th March, Glencraig Integrated Primary School will be celebrating Integrated Education Week. This will involve a series of visits and workshops exploring the languages and stories of Ulster. We will welcome Grainne Holland, who will lead puppet workshops in Irish, Len Graham, storyteller and traditional musician as well as Anne Morrison Smyth from the Ulster Scots Agency, who will lead a poetry and storytelling workshop.
The idea behind Integrated Education Week is to make pupils aware of the richness and breadth of diversity in Northern Ireland and in so doing promote respect for difference. As well as workshops on languages (including Mandarin and Sign Language), other classes will also look at famous Irish Myths and stories. This week also involves our Primary 7 class linking with Primary 7 from Hazelwood I.P.S. in Belfast to explore issues of identity and culture in Northern Ireland.
P2 at Kircubbin Integrated Primary School
P2 have been exploring the culture of Northern Ireland through our project “Cultural Kids”.
Through these workshops we have been learning about how it is good to like different things and how everyone is different.
W5 Community Workshop
Gaelic Football Coaching
Ulster Scots Language and Music
Irish Language and Music
Trip to Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: Baking and Cultural Diversity Workshop.
On Wednesday 6th March, P2 will be performing an assembly for the whole school and for parents. We will be showing off how all the things we have learnt and we are going to be singing the song “It’s good to be me”.
North Coast IC
Monday 4th March
9.00 am – Assembly – Alice McAlary – Alliance Youth Works.
Brazilian dance and African drumming workshop all day in the hall
Year 8 – Science Bus
Year 10 and Year 14 Church visits
Tuesday 5th March
9.00am – Assembly – Fr Keeny – St John’s Catholic Church
2.00-3.10 – Mixed Form Time Years 8 – 14
Creating projects on the theme of ‘Me, We, Our World.
Wednesday 6th March
9.00am – Assembly Johnny Doey – Ballysally Presbyterian Church
Year 14 Performing Arts “Respect” show and workshop
9.30am – Harpurs Hill P.S.
11.00am – St Malachy’s P.S.
2.00-3.10 – Mixed Form Time Years 8 – 14
Me, We, Our World creative activity conclusion
Thursday 7th March
9.00am – Assembly –Rev Trevor Watson – Baptist Church Coleraine
Year 14 Performing Arts “Respect” show and workshop
9.30am – Ballysally P.S.
Flamenco and Spanish Guitar workshop
Year 10 and Year 14 Church visits
Friday 8th March
9.00 am – Assembly – Rev Diane Matchett – Church of Ireland
P1 – 4 Fair Trade Bake Off
Martial arts and Chinese Lion Dance workshops and Latin American dance
Integration Week 2013 is this week! “Me, We, Our World”
‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ – Mahatma Gandhi
‘Where after all do human rights begin? In the little places close to home, so small and so close that they do not appear on any map of the world’. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Part of Oakgrove21 – celebrating twenty-one years of Oakgrove Integrated College, building a culture of co-operation in the UK City of Culture
Integration Week (“Me, We, Our World” is the theme set by NICIE) runs from March 4 – 10th March.
Throughout the week, students will be encouraged to bring images for “My Space” the film being made in school to be shown at Multicultural Night in “Culture Venue”. .
Individuals or groups will write peace pledges for the Peace Flame event. The World Peace Flame arrives in Derry-Londonderry on March 11. A permanent display will be unveiled later in the year in the “urban park” The path in the park will be made of stones on which is engraved the schools’ peace pledges which must be no more than 25 words. This will be the fifteenth Peace Flame in the world, and the first on the island of Ireland.
The “Conversation Circles” and co-operative games are carried out with classes who don’t normally mix in order to increase contacts across the school. This week there will be other work to deepen understanding within the school. There will be film showings and discussions on controversial issues.
Thursday 28 February
Twilight training of teaching staff by Steve Wessler from the USA. Steve explores methods of challenging prejudice, bias and harassment in the classroom and the hallway.
Monday 4 March
BPN Quilting (this links to international quilting as done in eg Chile)
Tim Cooke presenting about safety to Year 13
Cultural/ Religious cooking for some Year 10D with JCB/OH (to be confirmed) 10D
Year 8 Crème egg challenge periods 8 & 9 in the Assembly Hall
Tuesday 5 March
Evening – Megan Duffy, Pauric McDonnell, Cashel Cooper Kelly speak in the public competition on Home Accident Prevention.
BPN Quilting the weave of diversity with form class.
Wednesday 6 March
Presentation on global poverty and what we can do about it – periods 1 & 2
Cultural/ Religious cooking for some Year 10G
Heart-Start workshops (to be confirmed) with JCB
Thursday 7 March
Year 9 STEM projects – all day
Children In Crossfire workshop
Road Safety event travelling by bus to Templemore Sports Complex – Ms R. Ewing & Mr McConnelogue with 14 selected Year 12 MVRUS students
24 Year 13 students involved in World Host Training
Friday 8 March International Women’s Day
Year 9 STEM projects – all day
Peace Flag Initiative in school – Sligo based project with two students in attendance
Gerry Jones, retired Integrated Principal leading focus groups
9 am Richard Moore to speak about his experience of being shot and meeting and befriending the soldier who shot him
24 year 13 involved in World Host Training
Year 11 workshops inspired by the ideals of Gordon Wilson facilitated by OIC sixth formers
Saturday 9 March
Year 9 & 10 students travel jointly with Foyle College to Laganside Courts Belfast for the Mock Trial Competition.
Monday 11 March
In PD – Presentation of “HERstory – a history of the city from a female perspective.” – groups to be confirmed
The Launch by Rev Latimer of the World Peace Flame. 47 primary and post-primary schools in the Derry City Council area are taking part in the project which is part of the Bright Brand New Day initiative.
Love For Life presentation to Year 13
Thursday 21 March
Integrated staff netball and/or meal out.
Pupils at Parkhall Integrated College had a great week of learning about other cultures while celebrating International Integration Week this year.
Some very memorable events took place. A representative from ‘The Chinese Welfare Association’ spoke to pupils about China and their customs and the students enjoyed trying on the lion heads and costumes worn for traditional dance.
We were delighted to welcome pupils from seven local primary schools to Parkhall for the fourth year for an art workshop entitled ‘Me, The World and Us’. It was great to see students from Rathenraw I PS, RoundTower IPS, Glengormley IPS, Crumlin IPS, Parkhall PS, Antrim PS and St. Joesph’s PS working so well together and enjoying designing what proved tobe a colourful and impressive piece of artwork.
Parkhall pupils also made some lovely international food dishes, watched an international film, and took part in competitions as well as learning more about the world, themselves and good relations. A very busy and enjoyable week was had by all.
Below are a selection of some of the Activities happening in school to mark the special event. Included are activities for World Book Week and Climate Week
Wishing Wall – The whole school community will create their wish for the future of Integrated Education, The World or their own personal wish. Year 7 will be dressed as “Wishperers” to support and encourage the whole school. The wishes will be displayed outside the school for children , parents and visitors to look at.
Design a flag for Integrated Education – Children will learn about different flags in N Ireland and the wider world and discuss emblems and identity. They will then design their own flag to represent their ideas for a new flag.
Visit to Stormont – Principal and Chair of Governors will accompany Pupil Council to participate in the celebrations for International Integrated Education Week!
Google Hangout! – Children will check – in remotely to Stormont as the celebration is taking place to share their activities for Integrated Education Week.
Coffee Morning for IEF – Parents’ Council will hold a coffee morning where parents will create their wishes for our “Wishing Wall”. As part of this we will collect donations for IEF. Book Swapping will take place- Bring a book, leave with a book.
Extreme Reading Competition – This year instead of dressing up as a favourite Book Character we are running an “Extreme Reading” Competition. Children will bring in photos of themselves reading in a whacky location or strange pose to promote reading (with a little humour). Prizes for each class.
Author Visits to school! – Colin Bateman visit to school to talk about his new book and to chat to children about being an Author.
Ashley McCook from Portrush will work with children through out the school on a series of Writing workshops.
Key Stage Two children will showcase their “500 words” Stories submitted to Chris Evans’ Radio Two Writing Competition.
Author Studies – Each class will find out about a particular author and some of their stories and share with each other in a special assembly, focusing on the life of the Author.
Social Media Connections – The school plans to launch it’s Facebook page to increase connections within the local, wider and global community. Promoting Integration through Facebook and Twitter.
Whole School Displays and Assemblies – To celebrate the Three areas the children will participate in special Assemblies to share their experiences and what they have learnt. A selection of work will be displayed in school.
Climate Week – The Eco club took part in the “Ultimate ECO-home Challenge”. Year 4 Eco Volunteers transformed part of the garden area and willow hut into an ECO home to include a self sustaining garden, solar panel, wind turbine! They had great fun!
Monday 4th March Rec. – P2 Fun and Educational visit to Harrisons (Local garden centre)
P4 – 7 – contacting past pupils who are now living in Belgium and Orkney by e-mail
Tuesday 5th March: P6 & 7 – B Safe event in St Mary’s P.S. Portaferry
Me, We, Our World – whole school Art competition – prize for each class
Wednesday 6th March - Special Integrated Education Week Assembly
Thursday 7th March – Dressing up for world book day. Whole school book swap event
Friday 8th March – Whole day Sentinus science & technology event for pupils, parents and community
Also throughout the week:
*Ticket sales for big Easter egg raffle in aid of Trocaire
*Using ICT to develop the Me, We, Our World theme
Round Tower CIPS
The theme for this year’s Integrated Education Week is ‘Me, we, our world’. We have a very busy week planned in school and we hope the children will enjoy the various events and deepen their understanding of sharing and learning together.
Our School Family – At Round Tower, we have pupils from many different parts of the world. Throughout the week, each class will be completing a project on a country that is significant to them. The children will be learning about other cultures and celebrating the diversity represented in our school.
World Education Games 2013 (5th – 7th March) – This is a global event that will give the children the opportunity to compete against children from all over the world. Each pupil has been issued with a user name and password, which they will need to log in to the games both at home and at school. Pupils can take part in ‘warm up’ games from Monday, with the main event beginning on Tuesday and continuing until Thursday. The children will take part in online literacy, numeracy and science games. Each child who participates will be issued with a certificate and be in with a chance to win a gold medal! Pupils can access the games at home and at school. Further information at www.worldeducationgames.com
‘Releasing Rhythms’ – As part of the theme this week is ‘Our World’, Thomas from ‘Releasing Rhythms’ will be visiting school on Tuesday afternoon to work with some classes. The children will have the chance to play African Drums and see some African dancing!
Stormont Visit – Two pupils will be representing our school with Mrs Mack at the main celebration of Integrated Education week. The event takes place on Thursday morning in the at Stormont.
Parkhall Integrated College – Four P6 pupils will be attending Parkhall Integrated College on Thursday as part of an Integrated Education Week art project involving many schools in the Antrim area.
Parent Storytellers – As part of the class projects on other countries, parents have been invited in to share a traditional story from their country. This will also link with our World Book day celebrations, which also falls on Thursday.
International Food Week – On Friday the children will have the opportunity to enjoy school dinners with an international theme. Some of the pupils will have the chance to help our cook prepare the food. We would also encourage any child who has traditional dress from another country to wear it to school on Friday as part of these celebrations.
‘What Integration means to me’ – We will be making a video featuring the children speaking about their ideas on integration. We hope to add this to our website very soon.
Homework – As this is a special week in school, your child will be given some homework with the theme of integration. We hope this will help you to become part of the events this week and enable you to support the integrated ethos of our school.
Art Exhibition – The children have been busy creating art on the ‘we’ aspect of Integrated Education week. They have produced wonderful pictures and we would like to invite you to come and look at their hard work on Friday 8th March between 2-4pm.
*At Round Tower, we are joining the concept of Integrated Education up with World Book Day and using stories from other countries in all the classrooms. There are plans for parents from those countries to come in and read these stories to the children.
Spires have planned an exciting week of events to celebrate Integrated Education Week.
Monday 4th March – Mrs Bell, Mr Clarke and some of the P7 pupils will visit Stormont to receive the ‘Diana Award’ for anti-bullying.
Tuesday 5th March - Parents’ Community is organising a ‘Bacon Butty’ morning from 8.15-10.15 am, in the school hall. All family members are welcome and proceeds will be in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
Wednesday 6th March – ‘Parents’ Maths Morning’. In conjunction with ‘World Maths Day’, parents will be welcome to visit the classrooms of their children, and participate in practical maths activities, from 9.30-10.15 am. Pupils will also complete online maths activities throughout the day, with prizes being awarded to those achieving the highest scores.
Thursday 7th March – ‘Book Character Parade’. In support of World Book Day, children will dress up as their favourite book character with prizes being given to the ‘best dressed’.
Friday 8th March – Children will participate in classroom activities based on this year’s theme ‘Me, We, Our World’.
As this is a special week, in which we celebrate learning together, children will be asked to complete a project based on what integration means to them. This will replace formal homework arrangements for the week. (Foundation Stage children may draw pictures of things that they enjoy doing in school)
Children will share their project work during class time on Friday and prizes will be awarded for the best project in each class
Primary school “Fridtjof Nansen” – “Me, We, Our World – The food tables of our grandmothers”
High School “Mosha Pijade” – Theatre performance “Me, We, Our World”
Primary School “Marsal Tito” – “Me, We, Our World” – through picture exhibition
Primary School “Rajko Zinzifov” – “Me, We, Our World” – building a sculpture with recycled materials…
Primary School “Karbinci” – “Me, We, Our World” – through video footage
Primary School “Ognjanci” – “Me, We, Our World” – creative workshops
Don’t forget to keep us informed on what your school plans to do. Please send any pictures, animations, details of projects or comments to IIEW2013@nicie.org.uk. You can also upload these directly to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. During IE week please tweet us using the hash tag #IIEW2013.