“Building a Shared Future One Mile at a Time”

09 June 2017

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A Shared Education Partnership consisting of three post-primary schools in the

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Antrim and Randalstown Area (St Benedict’s College, Parkhall Integrated College and Antrim Grammar) supported over 600 local Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils from schools across the borough to complete a “One Mile Challenge” in the beautiful Antrim Castle Gardens on Thursday 1st June 2017.

The event, which was opened by Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, celebrated the first full year of the partnership’s Shared Education Signature Project (SESP) programme of activities. And what better way to celebrate than by promoting sharing, fitness and craic with hundreds of local young citizens.

Sharing was at the heart of the event which was delivered in collaboration between the schools, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme and “Antrim and Randalstown Schools: Moving Forward Together.”

About MFT:

The ‘Antrim and Randalstown Schools: Moving Forward Together’, is a local education, community and peace building partnership comprised of 19 Nursery, Primary, Special and Post-primary Schools in the Antrim town and Randalstown Areas. The ‘Moving Forward Together’ Partnership is a school led education and peace building initiative which seeks to provide opportunities for pupils, their families, school staff and the wider community to work, play, share and achieve together.

The event was kindly hosted by Antrim Castle Gardens and funded by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme which receives funding from The Executive Office, SESP and MFT.

Quotes about the event:

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Mayor – John Scott:

“It was wonderful to see all the young people coming together and the damp weather certainly didn’t dampen their spirits!  It is a real credit to the partnership to see the schools working together.”

Francis Donnelly – Shared Education Signature Project:

“The Shared Education Signature Project currently supports 6 partnerships in Antrim and Randalstown.  These are made up of 14 schools of different management types and it was amazing to see so many young people from the schools coming together to participate in the one mile challenge.  The culture of schools working collaboratively to improve outcomes for children is now well established in the local area and provides a firm foundation on which to further grow and develop community links.”

Philip Lavery - Moving Forward Together Chair:

“This is a fantastic event bringing school children of the area together, and so well organised by the school councils of the secondary schools. It is occasions such as these that give us hope and may inspire others. “

 For further media information contact David Price on 07921851601 or Philip Lavery on 07808769122. Alternatively email david.price@crisni.org

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