Millennium Integrated Primary School new school buildings.

Millennium Integrated will be getting a new multi-million pound school in Autumn 2022. The building will be to accommodate the enrolment number of nearly 400 pupils.

This will be in the form of a 14 classroom school that will also incorporate state of the art facilities within the main hall and dining area. The school also hopes to use the space to the maximum to create and facilitate relaxation rooms for the children.

As well as that, the school has ambitious plans to incorporate a dedicated STEAM (Science, Technology, Art and Maths) area that will connect the shared creative area of the school with a shared area for technology. The school hopes to build on its reputation for ICT excellence (as the only primary school in Northern Ireland with Microsoft Showcase School accreditation) through developing a partnership with Microsoft in supporting such a unique initiative.

The school grounds will also accommodate soft and hard play areas for the children and there are ambitions to create a nature trail at the back of the school to enhance the learning experience of the children.

Speaking about the project, Principal Barry Corrigan said, ‘We have a wonderful opportunity to combine the best of the teaching in Millennium with the best of facilities. We pride ourselves on the commitment of the staff to the child matching the commitment of the original parents who set up the school in 2000. The new building will be a testament to the dedication of the whole school community to bring an excellent integrated education to the families of Saintfield, Carryduff and beyond.’

As part of the planning process a pre-application event to provide people with an opportunity to view the plans is being organised at the school on January 29 from 3pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm. You can find details on the school as well via their website 

Anyone wanting to visit the school to see the plans is welcome on the dates advertised and if you wish to enrol in the school to get the opportunity to attend the new building, enrolment is open until 30th January.

Funding for the new  14 classroom school is being supported by the Department of Education and Department of Finance, with the funding part of the Fresh Start Agreement. You can find out more about the Fresh Start Agreement here.

A Pupil Pathway (Shared Education)

A Pupil Pathway: A resource for teachers to support shared Education.

NICIE was delighted to work on this publication.  Not only does it identify what Shared Education could look like for learners as they progress through school it outlines the educational outcomes that contribute to reconciliation through the curriculum at all Key Stages and through the development of children’s skills and capabilities, attitudes and dispositions.  A toolkit that will help teachers in Shared Education projects, Integrated schools and those interested in developing pupils understanding of Peace and Reconciliation in their teaching and learning.

You can read more on the EA website here.

You can download and use this resource here or from the EA website here.

Carl Frampton MBE on Celebrity Mastermind!

Former two weight world champion, friend and Patron of NICIE, Carl Frampton MBE faced a tough challenge of a different kind on Celebrity Mastermind. A legend in the ring, Carl fought it out in the Mastermind chair with Victoria Fritz, Wayne Sleep and Rav Wilding. In case you missed it you can always catch up via the BBC iPlayer.

Carl has been a long-time supporter of Integrated Education and has generously given his support from opening a new Sporting and Study Facility at Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen, back in 2018 to touring around some of our integrated schools as well, and wearing our logo during his victorious fight against Nonito Donaire in April 2018 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

Thanks for the continued support, Carl — we look forward to welcoming you to the NICIE office soon.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From everyone at NICIE, we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Our office is now closed and will remain so until Monday the 6th of January. If you would like to get in touch, please email and we’ll respond as soon as possible upon our return.

2019 has been a great year for integrated education, and we look forward to everything that 2020 brings. Here are just a few highlights from the year:

Of course, however, the real stars of 2019 have been the integrated schools across Northern Ireland. The hard work of staff and students alike has been a credit to the integrated education movement, and too numerous to mention. We look forward to working with them all again in the new year.

You can look back on the year that’s been through our news archive here.

Lorna McAlpine, MBE

Lorna McAlpine receives an MBE for Services to Integrated Education

NICIE once again congratulates our colleague Lorna McAlpine, Senior Development Officer, who received her MBE recently. Lorna accepted the accolade on behalf of everyone she works and has worked with throughout her time at NICIE and all of those who have strived to encourage, facilitate and develop Integrated Education over the years.

You can read our previous report here from when Lorna was first informed that she was to recieve a very well deserved and special honour from Her Majesty the Queen in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Integrated Education.