What is Shared Education?
There are many definitions of Shared Education. As an integrated school we are already engaged in sharing. We embrace all communities so that we can share and learn from and with each other. Building friendships which will help to break down barriers and make Northern Ireland a better place for our children!
Children from Phoenix IPS, Holy Trinity PS and Cookstown PS backstage at our CRED celebration.
What are CRED and CRIS?
CRED stands for Community Relations, Equality and Diversity. CRIS stands for Community Relations in Schools. We engaged with both these projects through the Southern Education and Library Board and the CRIS organisation. Principals in the area decided they would like to engage in a project which involved all schools and represented the community. We care about the children in school and in their community. We want the work we do to make a difference to their lives. The funding and support we received helped us plan shared activities for 7 schools in Cookstown and the Magherafelt area. We called our group "The Cookstown and Magherafelt Creative Schools Partnership".
We are about to embark on our second year of the CRED project. For now, have a look at the achievements which were made during the 2011-12 academic year.
Who was involved? Seven schools from the local area:
|Phoenix Integrated PS||Sperrin Integrated College|
|Holy Trinity Nursery School||Holy Trinity PS||Holy Trinity College|
|Cookstown Nursery School||
|Cookstown High School|
What did we do?
We were all clear we wanted to continue the good work already happening in the area. We decided to set up a working group with one teacher representative from each school. In the first year our aim was to build and develop positive, trusting relationships, with the adults and the children. The aims of our project were to address human rights and social responsibility. As this was the year of the Olympics we decided to focus on the 7 olympic ideals. Do you know what they are?
Check out the photos from the Celebration evening, held in June 2012. Over 500 parents and guests and 300 children sharing work they did throughout the year. What an achievement!
Dissolving Boundaries through technology in Education.
In our school we recognise that the collective pupil body make up a digital era. As such we were excited to take up the opportunity to participate in the Dissolving Boundaries project; a digital, online collaboration between the North and South of Ireland. Through the project, our Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to: interact with our partner school via secure, monitored online forums; create Wiki pages based on a shared learning area (as well as reading those created by partner pupils, effectively doubling our knowledge base!); participate in video-conferencing and even to participate in a face-to-face meeting with our partner school as part of a celebratory excursion.
Dissolving Boundaries trip to the Tayto factory, June 2012. We had a ball meeting our partner school!
Peace III Project
Year 6 are also involved in the Peace III project, facilitated by Speedwell Trust in collaboration with the PSNI and local churches. This project promotes peace in the districts of Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt. Throughout Term 1, Year 6 will collaborate with Year 6 pupils from Cookstown Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School to undertake a series of challenges with a view to developing relationships.
Have a look at the fun we had during the Day 1 teambuilding event, held in Parkanaur... we are happy to report that all pupils stayed (relatively!) dry throughout the day!