We had opportunities to hear from Derek Baker,DE Permanent Secretary,Shared Education Funders and ETI. We also were presented with Shared Education Workshops relating to the themes of Teaching & Learning, Community Connections,Pupil Voice and Effective Leadership. Professor Paul Connolly QUB was the key note speaker at the event.
Shared Education Project with Kilrea P.S.
Year 1 and 2 from both schools enjoyed their shared education trip to Garvagh Forest. They explored the forest and found lots of signs of summer. The boys and girls discovered many colours of the forest and recorded these on their own colour card.
Year 3 made the short journey across to Kilrea P.S. to join up with their Year 3 class as part of the Shared Education project. Here the group were joined by local artist Conor Larkin. The children designed and painted murals which will represent their local area that will be displayed in their school buildings. Keep your eyes peeled for our final product!
Scavenger Hunt around Kilrea
Year 7 had a fabulous Creative Dance/Movement session with our Pushkin facilitator Libby Mailey on our theme of ‘Opening Ground’. Our pupils explored the theme through dance .This morning’s workshop incorporated so many aspects of the curriculum and of our Shared Education values.
Pupils from Year 4 and 5 had great fun recording our Shared Education song ‘Together’ today. We are all very excited so keep a look out for the finished product! 🎵🎤🎬
We started our Year 6/7 Sports Programme with Kilrea Primary on 27th April. This programme will run for 6 weeks and pupils will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports including basketball, table tennis,archery and orienteering. The first week was very successful and all pupils thoroughly enjoyed their activities.
Year 6/7 pupils enjoyed a day at Baronscourt with their friends from Kilrea Primary School. The visit was part of our Pushkin/Shared Education work. Pupils got to take part in a variety of workshops. They got to work with writers like Kate Newman and expert facilitators in the field of ornithology, art etc. The pupils got to experience the grounds of an estate and appreciate the wonders it holds in terms of bird and plant life. We found twenty species of birds on the estate. Pupils will use these experiences to follow up on cross curricular work in Term Three.
Year 6/7 visited Movanagher Forest as part of their Pushkin/Shared Education work with Kilrea Primary School. Our Pushkin Theme this year is ‘Opening Ground’.
Peace Proms 2018 in the SSE Arena, Belfast. What a wonderful experience for all involved!
And they're off! Year 6 release their much loved salmon into a tributary of the River Bann. They then collected some river water and used it back at school to classify the found water creatures.
Our Shared Education choir attending a rehearsal in The Whitla Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast in preparation for this year’s CBOI Peace Proms concert later this month.
Our Year 3 pupils visited Kilrea Primary for a 'Meet and Greet' morning of games and activities. They had lots of fun getting to know the pupils in Kilrea Primary School and are now set for their Shared Ed project to begin.
Year 4 and 5 children visited Kilrea Primary to begin work on their Shared Education Project. Both schools are working together through the medium of Music to create a song about Kilrea. They had a lovely morning getting to know each other and brainstorming ideas for the project.
Year 4/5 visit to Kilrea Primary
Here is a snippet of what is to come. Listen to those beautiful voices!
And so our Salmon eggs have once again arrived in the Year 6 classroom where they will care for them for six weeks.
Year 7 pupils were invited to Garvagh Forest with our friends from Kilrea Primary School to take part in a forest trail as part of a pilot project.
Kilrea community join together for our annual Christmas sing-song to welcome Santa into town for the switching on of the Christmas lights at the Town Hall.
Santa Claus is coming to town!
P7 Drumming Worshop with Ronan McKee, a Pushkin facilitator and our friends from Kilrea Primary.
P7 pupils enjoyed making music with their African drums.
Shared Education 2016/17
Another successful year for our Shared Education Programme. This year our focus was S.T.E.M/S.T.E.A.M. All classes were involved in the programme this year and a variety of topics were covered including 'Let Go,Let Fly, The Blue Planet, Transport and Floodtide in the Heart. pupils worked with facilitators, were involved in shared lessons and visited places associated with the topics. Our School Facebook Pages documented all events as they occurred.
The pictures below illustrate the success of our final Celebration Day that showcased all the work carried out by pupils and staff from both schools.
Shared Education with Kilrea Primary School
We have been working closely with Kilrea Primary School through different projects for more than 10 years.
CRED/Pushkin Project in Year 7
P7 teachers have planned for and carried out a full programme of shared curricular project work every year for the past 5 years which is part funded by CRED and supported by the Pushkin Award. In the past this has included activities such as, 'Building Bridges using Sentinus', exploring and discovering bridges in Derry and discussing the history of each culture, residential trips, art sessions and talking and listening sessions facilitated by CRIS.
Year 6 Salmon Project
Year 6 classes have been involved in the Salmon Project for the past 10 years. This project is funded by The Honourable Irish Society based in London. This project involves work both inside and outside the classroom, including raising salmon from eggs, releasing them into the river, classification of river mini beasts and visiting the hatchery together. On average each year this involves 40 children and 4 staff from both schools.
Barry McGuigan 'Happy Hearts' Programme in Year 4
We were selected as one of six partnerships in Northern Ireland to take part in the 'Barry McGuigan Happy Hearts' Programme. This introduced our Year 4 classes to boxing and healthy living. This involved 30 pupils from both schools over 6 sessions - 3 in each school. This culminated in a visit from Barry McGuigan to which all school pupils were invited. A total of 295 pupils and 35 staff were present.
We have also used music to bring the schools together! We have carried out many music and dance projects which have included our school choirs singing together during the big switch on of Kilrea Christmas Tree lights, rehearsing, travelling and singing together at the Peace Proms and with the African Children's Choir.
We are now part and parcel of the DSC Signature Project: Shared Education with our friends from Kilrea Primary School. This is an exciting new three year plan, through which our children will share even more learning experiences together. All children from Years 1-7 will be involved in STEM learning activities in the academic year 2016/2017. The reconciliation process continues and our journey together will hopefully be a long and lasting one!
'Go Fly Your Kite'
Mrs Keenan's and Miss Crozier's classes have been working together with Year 3 in Kilrea Primary School on the topic of 'Weather'. During shared learning activities, the children had the opportunity to create their own kites and wind buggies. We can't wait for a nice windy day to get together and race them! 🌬🏁💨