Glengormley Integrated Primary School have just raised £2250 for NSPCC through a virtual colour run over the last week!
What an amazing feat! Everyone at NICIE are thrilled by the effort, as we are sure NSPCC are as well! Congratulations from us!
Their amazing staff and principal sent on the below:
“As part of remote learning, children are participating in PE challenges. Our school community Colour Run had been cancelled but in the spirit of this children were asked to try to run / walk or cycle a distance of 5KM over a two week period. They were asked to wear something bright as we would have
during our original planned running event. Instead of raising money for school funds, money would be raised for the NSPCC who needed donations to help support children at home during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Our children, families and staff showed overwhelming engagement with the task and the school total was counted as 1354.89KM. The amount raised for the NSPCC on the last day of the run was £2250.
1 child took on the NSPCC Run 30 challenge alongside the school run, other children ran / walked and scooted in fancy dress, others took their younger siblings through the woods and by the sea on their daily exercise. Staff promoted the event and encouraged children, keeping a log of their distances throughout the two week period.
We are thrilled with the children’s response to the challenge and the good citizens they are growing to be.”
Ricky Massey, Principal and Alix Jackson, Senior Teacher at Glengormley HS joined Denise Morgan from NICIE to record an online lecture for students at the University of San Diego. The university staff, Professor Lea Hubbard and Dean Linda Dews would normally be in Belfast at this time every year with their students. The studies involved in their course is based on examining education systems in post-conflict environments. The university has been working with NICIE over the past six years and on this occasion the work has involved creating a bank of online lectures for sharing with students.
During the lecture, Ricky, Alix and Denise shared knowledge and experience of learning, teaching and educational experiences in Northern Ireland more generally in addition to hearing more about the transformation process and the journey towards seeking integrated status for Glengormley High School.
Speaking about the experience of connecting with the University during this period of lockdown in both NI and the US, Ricky Massey Principal of Glengormley High School said, “It was great to be able to engage with students in San Diego to share our experiences of working with NICIE, exploring integrated education and the transformation that we’re currently working on with our school community.
Professor Lea Hubbard and Dean Linda Dews from the University of San Diego highlighted how much they appreciated liaising with NICIE and Glengormley High School. Commenting on this Lea said “I am particularly thankful to Denise from NICIE for setting up the opportunity for engagement with staff from Glengormley High School as this has been such a rich experience for our students. Having visited schools in Northern Ireland over the past few years, it’s very exciting for us to hear more about how schools engage with NICIE in the transformation process to become integrated as well as learning more about the education system in Northern Ireland. We look forward eagerly to visiting NICIE and schools next year.”
Next week, Denise Morgan from NICIE will be joining the professors at the University to deliver a live online lecture and Q&A session on Integrated Education for the 25 students participating in this element of their studies.
Joint Statement from Management Side of the Teachers’ Negotiating
Committee and the Northern Ireland Teaching Council (NITC), 8th April 2020.
You can read the full statement here and the executive summary of agreement here.
During these unprecedented times, we wanted to reassure all schools, parents, children and young people that it’s business as usual for NICIE staff. We are all following Government advice and staying home, and our offices are shut but that doesn’t mean we have stopped working, the very opposite.
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