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Over 600 pupils participate in the “One Mile Challenge”

13 June 2017

A Shared Education Partnership linking three post-primary schools in the Antrim and Randalstown Area, St Benedict’s College, Parkhall Integrated College and Antrim Grammar supported over 600 local P6, P7, and Year 8 pupils to complete a “One Mile Challenge” in the picturesque Antrim Castle Gardens on Thursday 1 June 2017.

The event, which was opened by the former Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, celebrated the first year of the partnership’s Shared Education Signature Project (SESP) programme of activities.  This was a great way to celebrate fitness and fun and was enjoyed by hundreds of local young citizens.

Councillor John Scott commented “It is wonderful to see all the young people come together and the wet weather certainly didn’t dampen their spirits!  It is a real credit to the partnership to see the schools working together so closely.”

Francis Donnelly from the Shared Education Signature Project, added “The Shared Education Signature Project currently supports six 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.”

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.”  Philip Lavery, Moving Forward Together Chair remarked “This is a fantastic event bringing school children of the area together.  It was well organised by the school councils of the secondary schools and it is occasions such as these that give us hope and may inspire others. “

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