Shared Education Partnership schools in Omagh celebrate success
Monday 9 December 2019
Pupils from Holy Family Primary School and Omagh County Primary School have been celebrating together having successfully completed the Shared Goals, Shared Future programme, led by the Education Authority (EA), funded by the Shared Education Signature Project.
Coaches from the Irish Football Association (IFA) and the Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), deliver the Shared Goals, Shared Futures programme which provides schools with a mix of physical activity, such as learning football skills, and classroom-based learning on topics including circulation, nutrition and mental health and wellbeing.
EA Project CoOrdinator, Paul Close explains;
“By learning sports together, pupils have opportunities to better build mutual understanding of their culture and identity. While the programme is primarily focussed on the pupils, it has also created opportunities for teachers and coaches to share their expertise with each other, and that is something that we are delighted to see happening.
“We'd like to congratulate the pupils and teachers of Holy Family Primary School and Omagh County Primary School for their hard work and commitment in successfully completing the Shared Goals, Shared Future programme.”
The two Omagh schools have been learning together as a Shared Education partnership with support from EA for more than 4 years.
Holy Family Primary School Principal, Mrs Dolan highlighted
"Sport is something that can bring us all together, and our pupils tell us how much they have enjoyed learning new skills and finding out more about their friends from Omagh County Primary School."
Miss Fuston, Principal of Omagh County Primary School said
"Our children look forward to meeting their friends from Holy Family Primary School, and the Shared Goals, Shared Future programme is a great opportunity to learn and play together."
EA encourages and facilitates Shared Education partnerships among schools, across Northern Ireland. During this academic year it is hoped that up to 1000 pupils will be involved in the Shared Goals, Shared Future programme.