Corran Integrated Primary School pupils have attended a reception at Stormont to celebrate International Integrated Education Week.
Corran Principal Denise MacFarlane, School Governor Portia Woods and pupils Sophia Woods and Leafi McMaster represented the school at the event on March 5.
Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn addressed those present, and guests were also treated to a drama performance by Ulidia Integrated College pupils.
The theme of this year’s event was “opening horizons” and Corran PS created artwork and hosted discussions around the topic, crowning the week with a special assembly.
Mrs MacFarlane told The Times: “It was wonderful to see the progress from P1 to P7 and how the children interpreted the theme. They thought, ‘what does integration mean to me?’
“The older children were looking to the future, while the younger children talked more generally about why it’s different to come here, why they liked school and what’s special about our school. For example, they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make some of the friends they have if they went to another school.
“It allows them to discuss integrated education in their own language and show that it means something to them.”
Children worked on a range of collaborative artwork which they used to illustrate their presentations in the school assembly.
Mrs MacFarlane revealed: “There are 62 integrated schools in Northern Ireland. Corran started in 1991.
“Things have moved on greatly.
“The point of integrated education is to educate children together and that is still at the core of everything but we have become much more than that and our core principals of diversity and equality, our faith and values, the importance of parental involvement and social responsibility, remain the same.”
Mrs MacFarlane says she believes that integrated education should continue to be a priority for the Stormont Executive.
She explained: “These children are going to grow up to be the future of Northern Ireland and we are laying the foundations for their outlook on life and their relationships in the future.”
To view Corran pupils speaking about what integrated education means to them, visit the Larne Times website.