Supporting shared education in Mid-Ulster
Apex recently funded a shared education residential trip enabling P7 pupils from Knockloughrim Primary School and St Brigid’s Primary School in Magherafelt to take part in team-building activities at the East Coast Adventure Centre.
As part of the Together Building United Communities Housing for All programme, Apex offers funding to schools towards projects that promote community cohesion.
Mary O’Kane, Principal of St Brigid’s Primary School, commented:
Since 2003 our two schools have been involved and active in developing community relations and shared education. One of our main successes is an annual joint residential to an outdoor centre. This is always the highlight of our shared education project, and a very fitting finalé for the children’s seven years of shared learning.
On residential these children get a chance to live together for a week. They are involved in team-building activities and real friendships are established that help the children as they transfer to post primary education.
Rachael Power from Apex commented:
It was a pleasure to support the work of two schools with such an obvious commitment to community relations and shared education. It’s clear that the children taking part really enjoyed the residential and we are delighted that our support is helping to build bridges across communities in the mid ulster area.