Official opening of Corran Integrated Primary School

Celebrity Couple Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton officially open Corran Integrated PS, Larne to the great delight of pupils.

Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton, NICIE patrons surprised guests and students at Corran Integrated Primary School, Larne, when they arrived to carry out the official opening of the new school building. 

Corran Integrated Primary School opened in 1991.  In its short history, the school has made an indelible impact on the local community and has become an inextricable part of the fabric of Larne and its wider environs.

Welcoming Connor and Holly, Roisin Marshall CEO of the NI Council for Integrated Education said, “I am so happy that Connor and Holly have been able to join us today to carry out the official opening of this beautiful new school building. This is the third new build to open through the Fresh Start Initiative and I am looking forward to seeing further progress on the remaining projects.  We are very grateful to our colleagues in the Department of Education and the school’s project team. This has given Integrated Education an invaluable boost enabling schools that started as a twinkle in parents’ eyes to grow and be the strong, sustainable, integrated schools that they dreamed off creating.

The school community felt very honoured to have Connor and Holly join them. The celebrations included pupils interviewing Connor and Holly for the “Corran Show” as well as taking a trip back in time in the school’s Tardis with Dr Who.  

Paying tribute to the work of all of those involved in Integrated Education, Connor and Holly said, “We are very pleased to offer our support for Integrated Education and it’s particularly nice to be here in Larne today.  We’ve had a delightful day and really enjoyed meeting the young people.  It’s been especially good to have the opportunity to spend time in this lovely new integrated school building and to support NICIE in the vital work they do with parents, schools and young people to help bring more people together in Northern Ireland and make it a better place for all of us. Indeed, we’ve been completely overwhelmed by the welcome and wonderful reception we’ve received here.”

Denise Macfarlane, Principal of Corran Integrated Primary School said “It is a great honour to have Connor and Holly here today to help us celebrate.  We are delighted with our new, purpose -built school building, it’s like a dream come true! Our school started in 1991 in an industrial estate then moved to mobile classrooms in Blackcave North the following year. It’s been a long wait but it’s been worth it!”

Connor and Holly are amongst a very impressive list of celebrity patrons of Integrated Education which includes Carl Frampton MBE, Patrick Kielty, Dame Mary Peters and Sir Kenneth Branagh.