The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) was delighted to take Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, World Champion Boxer and NICIE patron back to visit his old school, Glengormley High today.
Carl, who famously became a three-time world champion over two weight divisions became a Patron of NICIE and a public supporter of Integrated Education in April 2018. Today’s visit to Glengormley High School is extra special as Carl has a very personal connection to it, being a past pupil. The school currently has a ballot open which offers parents an opportunity to have their say on whether or not they wish the school to seek integrated status in the future. Commenting on today’s fun packed visit, Carl said “I am delighted to say that I fully support Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. It is great to see children and young people from all communities having the opportunity to learn together under one roof on a daily basis. That’s what Integrated Education offers, young people can make friends and get to know one another no matter what their community background is. It’s my belief that this will make a big difference to their lives. Integrated Education is definitely the way forward and this has been an amazing day that I will never forget.”
During the visit, Carl engaged in a range of activities with the young people of Glengormley High School with the theme of the day being based around their hero “Frampton” which included a taste test of “Frampton’s Fruity Smoothies” which the pupils developed especially for Carl based around promoting health and nutrition for the athlete both pre and post-fight; “Frampton’s Freaky Football – a robotic football competition; “Frampton’s Fitness Challenge and “Frampton’s Fast Q&A.”
Ricky Massey, Principal of Glengormley High School was delighted to see Carl returning to the school. Speaking of the visit, Ricky said, “It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome Carl back to Glengormley High School. This morning has been fantastic and the young people have given Carl a brilliant reception and hopefully a day to remember. The school is very proud of our current and past pupils and we are particularly honoured to have Carl visit us today as he is such a great ambassador for all of us. It’s very special for Glengormley High School to be able to count Carl as one of our past pupils. It’s especially nice for us at this time as we are currently balloting our parents to seek their views on whether or not they would like the school to become integrated. Our school serves a diverse school community and this would be a natural step for us to take if our parents wish us to embark on this journey of transformation. We would encourage all of our parents to have their say and to use their vote.”
Commenting on the ballot for parents currently being held by Glengormley High School, Denise Morgan, Senior Development Officer at NICIE, said: ‘Glengormley High School has taken a huge step in offering its parents the opportunity to have their say about the future of the school. Integrated Education supports peace and reconciliation in NI through education and the legal process of transformation offers a route for existing schools to change their status to become integrated schools. The ballot is a very simple process, parents mark an ‘X’ for ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and return their vote in the pre-paid envelope provided. NICIE believes it’s important for parents to have their say and we would encourage them to cast their vote before the 10th March closing date to ensure that their voices are heard.’
Carl enjoys visiting integrated schools and engaging with the young people, he has five visits to integrated schools under his belt since becoming a Patron of NICIE. Carl is one of an impressive list of celebrity patrons of Integrated Education which includes Sir Kenneth Branagh, Patrick Kielty, Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton.