Oakgrove IPSN celebrates 30 years of Integrated Education in Derry-Londonderry. The school was opened in 1991 with just 68 pupils and 3 members of staff in response to parental demand for Integrated Education in the city. The school exceeded all expectations and targets quite quickly under the inspirational leadership of Dr Anne Murray, founding Principal. Oakgrove IPSN is well established and recognised within the city and surrounding areas as providing Integrated Nursery and Primary school education for nearly 450 pupils.
The school mission statement ‘Celebrating Diversity: Learning Together for Life’ promotes a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences that make each pupil, parent, staff and governor unique. Through a shared commitment to peace and reconciliation, pupils from all faiths, cultures, race, backgrounds and abilities celebrate their own identity and develop a deeper understanding and respect for diversity.
As part of their 30th celebrations, pupils, governors and staff from Oakgrove IPS made their way from the school, across the Peace bridge and over to the Guildhall Square. Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council Graham Warke welcomed all participants, as captured by these fantastic photos and aerial footage.
Reflecting on their 30th birthday, Current Principal, Mrs Ashley Donaghey stated “We have a fantastic team of staff who genuinely love teaching and are committed to providing the very best learning opportunities for all of our pupils.”
Huge congratulations to all at Oakgrove IPS and the Foyle Trust for Integrated Education who founded the school.