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Let’s Get Moving Stars in Your Eyes Parents Learn New ICT Skills Cortamlet is Blooming SELB Extended Schools Cluster Newsletter Anti Bullying Drama Workshops Summer Fun in Craigavon 2 2 3

Reducing Their Carbon Footprint
Drumcree College, Portadown started the ‘The Green Club’ when they noticed that they were throwing all their bottles and paper out with the general rubbish. Extended Schools funding bought bins especially for paper and plastic bottles and every day after school, they empty the special bins and bring the contents to be sorted. The teacher Miss Susan Toal took the pupils to The Eco Centre in Ballymena to learn more about saving the environment. Some pupils have written down their thoughts on the day – ‘There was a roof full of solar panels that make heat and warm water saving energy and money. I enjoyed my day at the Eco Centre’. ‘We learned about the ash tree and how it is the only tree with black buds. We learned how the reeds suck up dirty water, clean it and put it back into the lake. We learned that the bottles we collect in school are made into plastic rain coats.’ ‘We learned not to burn rubber tyres, not to throw bottles away but to recycle cans and bottles. Bernard told us how not to waste electricity. I loved the visit to the Eco Centre as Bernard our guide was brilliant’. ‘I learned how water is recycled by flushing it into sewers. It is cleaned using the reeds that grow in the water and then it goes back into the lake’ ‘No dia 22 de Outobro Eu fui ao Eco Centre foi muito divertido vimos patos, folhas de trigo, entramos num tunnel feito de folhas, vimos insecto. Nos aprendemos sobre como reciclar plastico e papel.’





Education and 4 Community— Making Connections Health Promotion Agency Physical Activity to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle St Eithne’s Experiences of Gartan Healthy Breaks and Dental Health 5


Strabane High School Pupils Increase Their Visibility
6 Like many Post-Primary Schools in WELB & SELB areas Strabane High School draws its pupils from a wide range of urban and rural areas. One issue identified by pupils was that of walking home on dark winter nights. make a contribution to the solution. Using Extended Schools funding every child at Strabane High School has been supplied with a Hi-visibility vest to wear coming to and from school. Vice Principal, Mr Ronnie Dale commented, “This is a new initiative at Strabane High School and one which we hope will have an immediate and lasting impact on the safety of our pupils when they are travelling to and from school. The project falls under the theme of Living in Safety and with Stability and we hope it will ensure safer journeys to and from school for our young people. The vests are provided for our young people when they are walking to or from the school bus or to the school itself and also when they are out and about in their own communities in the evenings and at weekends. We will be monitoring their use and asking our pupils and their parents to evaluate how successful the initiative has been in the Spring term.”


WELB Extended 7 Schools Cluster Launches New Logo Ebrington Community Summer Scheme Calendar of Key Dates Annual Reports 2007-2008 WELB/SELB Team 7


8 Following tragic events in Co Fermanagh the school community felt that something had to be urgently done and that extended schools could


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‘Let’s Get Moving’
The Moving Image Club at Tullygally Primary School, Craigavon began as a response to changes in the school curriculum. Through Extended Schools funding we were able to purchase a number of digital cameras, The club has taught many new skills to pupils, enhanced their enjoyment of the learning environment and boosted self esteem. This culminates in the pride pupils have when showing their finished projects to their peers and their families. They are enjoying learning and working together in an area which is essentially fun and provides a great sense of achievement. We intend continuing and expanding this very valuable club which has at its core the ethos and objectives of the revised curriculum and provides children with a much broader set of skills to express their individuality and creativity in a world where digital media is so deeply embedded. camcorders, tripods and an Apple Mac laptop with stop-motion software. This club has been initially run for P6 and P7 pupils due to the technical nature of the hardware and software. Pupils have been highly enthusiastic about this club. Moving Image allows children to explore storytelling through storyboarding and with new media, making documentaries, movie maker presentations of their digital images with music and stop-motion animations using plasticine models.

“Pupils have been highly enthusiastic about this club.”

Stars in Your Eyes
As part of its Extended Schools’ programme, Strabane Grammar School recently presented ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ competition which saw a host of superstars from 60s songstr ess, ‘Dust y S p r i n g f i e l d ’ , t o W el s h sensation, ‘Duffy’, take to the stage at the Alley Theatre. From the moment Mr Mervyn Moore stepped into the spotlight as compère for the evening and introduced the show, the audience cheered and applauded excitedly all 13 first-rate acts, delighting in the variety and enjoyment of each performance. While the judges were deliberating the audience was treated to the staff singing Pink Floyd’s ‘Brick in the Wall’ where, dressed as pupils and mad science teachers, they gave an enjoyable and animated performance. The judges returned to the stage to announce the winners, Amy Winehouse and The Darkness. Both decisions were met

“very impressive array of musical talent”

with delight by all and the winners stepped forward to receive their prizes before performing again to rapturous applause. The extremely well attended show demonstrated Strabane Grammar School’s very impressive array of musical talent. With the help of Extended Schools funding the cost to attend the event was kept low so that more people could attend.

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A Parent’s Perspective:

Parents Learn New ICT Skills
St Lawrence’s Primary School, Fintona, through discussions with parents, identified the need for a basic computer skills class which included an introduction to digital photography. The course was delivered over 10 weeks in the ICT suite in the school and a total of 14 parents completed the course. The parents received an accreditation certificate and here a parent shares the programme has had. impact the the computer with confidence, I can e-mail, shop on-line, download my photographs and keep in touch with my family with great ease! It’s been great!’ It is hoped that the 14 parents who completed the basic skills course will continue to develop their ICT skills through future classes that will be included in the Extended Schools’ Programme.

‘As a parent I feel that I should have been able to help my children with their homework which sometimes involved researching a topic. I had no idea how to use the internet, (to be honest turning on the computer was a problem!) and now, not only can I help my child with their learning, I can use

Cortamlet is Blooming
The new school year at Cortamlet Primary School, Co Armagh got off to a flying start. Thanks to the Extended Schools’ programme an unused grass area at the front of the school has been developed into a community garden. The P2/3 class were involved in the design of the garden and each child had a different idea of what the area should look like. They made their designs known through drawings and a local landscaper helped to put the designs into reality. The garden has given the children an opportunity to learn through doing by planting their own flowers and seeing how their work makes a difference to the school. There will also be opportunity for children to plant vegetables in the spring and key stage 2 classes have set up their own Eco club to maintain the garden. The community garden has provided a much needed focal point for children and the community and has also added an outdoor learning environment to the school.

SELB Cluster Group Feature:

SELB Extended Schools Cluster Newsletter
T h e 6 s c ho o ls wi t h i n Portadown’s Extended Schools Cluster have just received Volume 1 of their very own Newsletter. Mr Johnny Guy who is the young dynamic cluster co-ordinator has produced a 4 page colour glossy newsletter which highlighted the wide and varied programme on offer to its schools over the past year and its plans for 2008-09. Its aims are to:


Breakdown barriers and hopefully contribute to building friendships and a brighter future for all

and Daughters, Dads and Lads, Nursery Bunnies and Young Explorers. 29 parents also completed an Emergency First Aid and CPR qualification, which is valid for three years and 14 completed a Self Defence for women programme. Courses on offer this year include Essential Skills in English and Maths, an ECDL computer course and it is hoped to have a drama programme with the specific theme of ‘Celebrating Cultures’. ‘Improve the job prospects of cluster members and wider community.’


Improve the job prospects of cluster members and wider community St John the Baptist PS the lead school in the Cluster and the other 5 schools, Ballyoran PS, Hart Memorial PS, Presentation Convent PS, Millington PS and Dr umcr ee Colle ge hav e e n jo ye d a f f o r da b le a n d enjoyable Bonding Trips for which each had a different theme. These included Mums


Provide high quality training, services and activities for all members of our local community

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Anti Bullying Drama Workshops
Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils at Ballytrea Primary School, Co Tyrone recently have been putting their acting skills to good use! Through the Extended Schools’ programme the children benefited from the expertise of Mr Jim McKeown, a member of the Bardic Educational arts and Media team which is based just outside Dungannon. Jim set up a series of Drama workshops based on the theme of anti-bullying in the run up to anti-bullying week. The children were asked about their thoughts on bullying and they produced these visually as well as in written form. A song was written as a result of their work and the children acted out short sketches about Bullying in the playground, bullying on the internet, by mobile phone and by physical hurt. Some children who were not naturally dramatic were amazing on stage and the programme gave these pupils an opportunity to shine! Parents were invited to a special assembly at the end of the workshops and the children were able to relay the message of anti-bullying to the rest of the school. A CD of the performance was produced and the participants received a copy called “The Bully Could Be You!”

“Some children who were not naturally dramatic were amazing on stage.”

Summer Fun in Craigavon
Activities included Team games, Football, Tennis, Drama, Dance, Banana Boating, Climbing, Canoeing, Cycling and Tubing.
its students the chance to take part in its second Summer Scheme during the first two weeks of August. This great opportunity was offered to years 8, 9, and 10 in Brownlow College and on Fridays at Craigavon Water Sports Centre. As part of the Extended Schools’ programme, Brownlow Integrated College, Craigavon, offered The programme was sports and arts based and ran from 10 am to 3.30 pm. Activities included Team games, Football, Tennis, Drama, Dance, Banana Boating, Climbing, Canoeing, Cycling and Tubing. All activities were led by qualified instructors and staff. Girls in particular really enjoyed the chance to take part in the Drama programme where they created their own work.

Generic Feature:

Education and Community – Making Connections
Professor Alan Dyson of the University of Manchester was a speaker at the NI Education and Library Board Association’s Conference in October 2008. Professor Dyson leads the Centre for Equity in Education, a research unit within the University of Manchester which works with local authorities, schools, voluntary and community services, and their partners, to develop more effective ways of meeting the needs of vulnerable and marginalised learners who lose out under current arrangements. A key element of this work lies in making links between schools and communities to raise achievement and much of his work is of relevance to those involved in designing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating Extended Schools’ programmes. Further details of Professor Dyson’s work are available at: http://www.education.manchester.ac.uk/research/centres/cee/

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Agency Feature:

Health Promotion Agency
The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) aims to provide leadership, strategic direction and support, where possible, to all those involved in promoting health in NI. Their mission is ‘To make health a top priority for everyone in NI’. The HPA are currently running a number of initiatives which may be of interest to Extended Schools. Don’t cover up your problems ‘Don’t cover up your problems’, a television and radio campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues among men in Northern Ireland will run throughout February. The Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland campaign is aimed at all men, particularly young men aged 15–24 years. Men have the same reactions to everyday stress and are susceptible to many of the same illnesses as women. Generally women will seek help and support of services for mental health problems, while men tend to bottle things up, which may lead to a crisis. Rather than talk to someone if something is worrying them or making them feel down, some men use alcohol and other drugs to mask their problems, which can lead to other problems such as getting into fights, relationship difficulties and trouble with the police. This campaign aims to encourage men to take the first step and talk to someone about how they are feeling. Further information is available at: www.mindingyourhead.info. School food: top marks School food: the essential guide will be launched this spring. This resource provides practical guidance through a series of booklets aimed at supporting health professionals, teachers, pupils, caterers and others to implement healthier eating and drinking in schools. It will be also available in the Irish language. The guide has been developed to support the ‘School food: top marks’ programme, which is a school food initiative supported jointly by the Department of Education (DE), the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and the HPA. A guide to implementing the nutritional standards for school lunches and other food and drinks in schools will also be launched. Up-2-You competition The HPA has launched a new competition through its website www.up-2-you.net to encourage young people to find out about the realities of underage drinking. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and under living in Northern Ireland. Competition entry cards and posters have been distributed to schools and youth clubs and young people can enter by filling out an entry card or entering online at: www.up-2-you.net. Prizes include a Nintendo Wii console, an iPod touch, a Nintendo DS handheld plus game, a flip digital camera and six runner-up prizes of £50 vouchers for a leading sports shop. The primary school, post-primary school and youth club with the most correct entries will win a new laptop. The competition closing date is 12 March 2009. ‘To make health a top priority for everyone in NI.’

Physical Activity to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
Over the last three years, this cluster group in Limavady has grown and developed from originally three schools to four including St Canice’s PS, Feeny, St Peter’s & St Paul’s PS, St John’s PS, Dernaflaw and St Mary’s PS, Gortnaghey. The main focus was initially indoor and outdoor sporting activities, but last year a drama club was added in. Each school has coaching on a weekly basis in either camogie, hurling or gaelic football. This is carried out by both classroom assistants, already employed in some of the schools and coaches involved in local GAA clubs. The pupils from the four schools meet on a termly basis for friendly, inter school competition at local community or leisure centres. By targeting this area, it is hoped that pupils will not only, become more active and experience a healthier lifestyle, but that it would also encourage them to become more socially involved in their local sporting clubs.

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St Eithne’s Experiences of Gartan
In the first week of July Primary 6 and 7 children from St Eithne’s Primary School, Derry travelled to Gartan Outdoor Activity Centre in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Approximately 40 boys travelled to Gartan from Monday to Wednesday and then 40 girls from Wednesday until Friday. These 3 days and 3 three nights are just long enough to experience a range of new skills and short enough to make sure that those who have never been away from home don’t hanker for motherly comforts they receive at home (They don’t have time to be homesick). The children all had the opportunity to abseil, canoe, kayak, orienteer, sail and learn the art of archery. Other activities are open to the groups but the school can choose. With a big drive to target those needy pupils in the community how do St Eithne’s cover this? Mr Gerry Cosgrove the Principal explains how – ‘Well we target everybody. Actually we try to entice as many of our Primary 6 and 7 children as possible because they all will derive benefit from this sort of experience. It is a bonus when children of needy backgrounds take up the offer. We entice them by offering the trip at less than half price and making sure that they know what’s to come. We produce a little video which is seen by the children at the breakfast club and a little picture display on our website which the children visit at anytime. Needless to say at £40 or £50 per child we do get around 80 children to go and the children are also able to save for the trip from early on in the year when they join our Credit Union Savings Club which opens every Thursday in our Breakfast Club. In the short term the children gain experience by doing something they have not done before. Most of the activities require some form of teamwork, an ability to think practically and react appropriately to achieve an immediate rewarding result which brings a great sense of self-fulfilment and success. The aim is to make this experience something children will never forget and in years to come aspire to be something more than their background dictates. At the end of the stay everyone is exhausted but the children never forget the experience and they return if they can. So of course do the teachers and this is testament to how much fun this type of trip is.’ Visit www.steithnes.net and see for yourself.

‘… in years to come aspire to be something more than their background dictates.’

Healthy Breaks and Dental Health
Pupils from St John’s Primary School, Gilford receive fresh fruit three days each week and on Monday and Friday they bring their own choice of break from home. It has been interesting to see that the majority of children are now making healthy choices. Accordingly to a recent dental screening these healthy choices are beginning to impact on the health of the children’s teeth. During a recent visit the school dentist Mr Paddy Johns reported a marked decline in tooth decay among those screened and he attributed this to the amount of fruit being consumed in place of crisps and sugary snacks. In recognition of the children’s efforts to eat healthy snacks Mrs Ruth Finch presented the school with a certificate on behalf of Ms Dympna McLoughlin, the oral health promotion co-ordinator.


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WELB Cluster Group Feature:

WELB Extended Schools Cluster Launches New Logo
Five local post primary schools who are working together through the Extended Schools initiative have launched their joint logo on Thursday 27 November 2008. winners were selected by their schools to go through to the final. Entries were judged by Mrs Bridie Mullin of the Western Education and Library Board and we would like to thank her for her The schools, who all operate enthusiasm and support.” wi thin t he Triax area o f neighbourhood renewal felt it was The logo selected by Mrs Mullan time, after 2 years of working to represent the cluster was together, to have a distinctive designed by Stacey McNutt and brand. Shauneen Hegarty , both pupils of St Mary’s College and they Mrs Juliette Barber, Extended explained what it shows “The logo Schools Development Manager for represents the school ties of each St Cecilia's College said “We have of the five schools within a wheel been working hard as a cluster to that represents the schools add value, not just to our individual moving forward together.” school communities, but to the whole of our local community. We As the cluster prepares for its felt a cluster logo would help raise 2008/09 programme of events, the awareness of Extended Schools focus is very much on the health of activities.” its local community and all future programmes will be headed up by Mrs Geraldine Mellon, Vice this new logo! Principal of St Peter’s High School explained how the competition The winners from each school worked “The logo competition was were: run within each school and then Stacey McNutt & Shauneen Hegarty, St Mary’s College – Overall Winners Frances Donald, Christi – Runner Up Lumen

Shane Meenan, St Peter’s High School Ruairi Coyle, St Joseph’s Boys School Aine Dunne & Shelby Devine, St Cecilia's College

The logo represents the school ties of each of the five schools within a wheel that represents the schools moving forward together.

Ebrington Community Summer Scheme
Ebrington Community Summer Scheme was a collaborative venture between Ebrington Primary School and Clooney Estate Residents Association. The Scheme operated throughout the month of July and catered for 85 children aged between 5 and 11. The children enjoyed a variety of activities including art, craft, sports, trips, cookery and computer workshops. Throughout the month a DVD recording was made to capture the children’s memories and experiences of the summer. Through the summer scheme a good working relationship developed between the school and the community group which has resulted in a more cohesive approach in the provision of services to the area.

The project targeted working families who usually have to make alternative childcare arrangements in the summer holidays. The huge success of the scheme was based on the use of community volunteers which allowed the majority of money to be spent on enriching the experiences of the children.

Extended Schools Calendar of Key Dates
ELB Extended Schools Annual Reports 2007-08 Over the past three years schools have endeavoured to embrace the ethos and culture of the Extended Schools’ programme. In recognition of their efforts and to share effective practice a number of events have been organised across both Boards, as follows:
During 2007-08, 83 SELB schools and 122 WELB schools participated in the Extended Schools’ programme. In addition, the Department of Education identified one good practice post primary school and one good practice cluster of 8 primary schools in the WELB/SELB region. Extended Schools Annual Reports have now been published by WELB and SELB. The information provided in these Reports has been collated using schools’ Extended Schools Annual Reports, information and analysis of Action Plans and the outcomes of training provided during the second year of the Extended Schools’ programme. Findings suggest that the programme has had positive effects on participating children, schools, families and communities. To access the ELB

Friday 20 March 2009 Tuesday 24 March 2009 Friday 27 March 2009

City Hotel, Derry Armagh City Hotel Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh

Nominations for Award winners will be sought from all clusters in the WELB and from Clusters and non Cluster Schools in the SELB. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 25 February 2009.


Reports, visit: www.welb-cass.org www.selb.org

WELB Bridie Mullin Adviser for Learning Communities Seamus Bradley Extended Schools Assistant Advisory Officer Siobhan O’Hanlon Project Officer, CASS Teresa McCrory Admin Manager, CASS Mary McLaughlin Advisory Teacher SELB Kieran Shields Adviser for Equality, Rights and Social Inclusion Caitriona Hughes Extended Schools Officer Deirdre Hasson Assistant Extended Schools Officer bridie_mullin@welbni.org 028 7186 1116

seamus_bradley@welbni.org 028 7138 2632

The Extended Schools programme in this area is supported by a joint team of WELB and SELB staff. The WELB/SELB Extended Schools Team would like to thank all those whose contributions have made this newsletter possible. If you have an article which you wish to be included in the next edition of the Extended Schools Newsletter please forward your article (no more than 200 words) and a photograph to extended_schools@welbni.org for consideration.

siobhan_o’hanlon@welbni.org 028 8241 1335 teresa_mccrory@welbni.org 028 8241 1544 mary_mclaughlin@welbni.org 028 7186 1116 kieran.shields@selb.org 028 3741 5381

caitriona.hughes@selb.org 028 3751 2438 deirdre.hasson@selb.org 028 3751 2438

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