22 Mar 2018
Throughout the current school year, Corrymeela has been working in partnership with Malone Integrated College on a Year 8 project, ‘Learning and Living Well Together’. Through workshops, teambuilding days and a residential, the young people have been learning about issues of good relations, diversity and integration. In March 2018, two special assemblies were hosted by the Year 8 pupils to share their learning with the rest of the school and celebrate their success.
The project was facilitated by Corrymeela Associate, Hedley Abernethy, who said:
“It was important that we recognised and celebrated the diversity of Malone College. The project was building on the already strong integrated ethos within the school. It was a pleasure to work with the Year 8 pupils, their form teachers and other accompanying teachers and I thank them personally for all their support.”
The project supported the diverse year group to build a strong and supportive classroom and school community. Some comments from young people included:
“We had so so much fun that will not be forgotten. My favourite part was identifying each other so we get to know each other. I learnt that we can work together if we want, we can plan together and do it without ruining it.” – Ahmed
“I learnt more about my classmates and I learnt teamwork is very important. I also learnt more about what Corrymeela does. I enjoyed Corrymeela very much.” – Jiwoo
“In Corrymeela we played outdoor activities such X men and team building games. I learnt that everyone is different and don’t judge people for the way they look” – Mya
Corrymeela has been actively working in partnership with Malone College for the past three years, including with their 6th form Leadership Team as part of the Humaneyes Project. You can see the film that they created here. We thank all the pupils and staff at Malone College for their ongoing support, in particular, Senior Teacher Mrs Magill.
For more information on Corrymeela’s Schools work, CLICK HERE.
We would also like to thank the funders of the Year 8 project, Belfast City Council through their Good Relations Fund and Stichting Het Solidariteitsfonds.