Corrymeela Programmes


Primary Schools

Corrymeela’s mission is to “Transform Division through Human Encounter”

Direct Work with Pupils

sta3Corrymeela offers a wide range of programmes for Primary Schools, including ‘In School Sessions’ as well as day visits and residential experiences at our Ballycastle Centre.  All programmes are aligned with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, and can be used to support schools working on Shared Education initiatives. They are particularly suited for a ‘first contact’ meeting between children from different schools but are also relevant for schools working on their own. Our centre–based programmes provide a safe environment where pupils are welcomed into a globally diverse place, getting the opportunity to work with our international volunteer team and highly skilled staff.

In School Sessions

‘In School’ Sessions can be a shorter version of elements of our Centre Programmes or can tie in with established school events such as Anti–bullying week or World Peace Day. We would suggest that ‘in school’ sessions need to be at least 1 hour in duration but where possible it is good to extend learning sessions by incorporating some icebreakers and teambuilding activities to enrich the learning experience.

Day Visits to our Centre

St annesHalf day and full day programmes are offered at the centre on all of the themes that are currently on the Website.  All programmes include Icebreakers, teambuilding and themed sessions in a safe learning environment.

We understand that younger pupils, Foundation and Key Stage 1, would benefit from the depth that a residential experience provides but may not yet be ready for the overnight stay. We can offer an option of consecutive days to allow the depth of delivery without the need to be away from home for the night.

Residential Programmes

Residentials include introductory ice breakers, team building and themed sessions. They allow for a deeper exploration of the topic than can be achieved on a day or school based session.  It is also a time to strengthen relationships and build school community.

Programme Menu

sta2We have designed all of our programmes to align with the Primary School Curriculum. Our Programmes take a topic based cross curricular approach. The majority of programmes can be offered at Key Stage 1 and 2. We are currently developing Foundation stage programmes.

Within each topic you will find Programmes that are age appropriate with activities that tie in with the Personal Development and Mutual Understanding strand of learning in particular but also with The World Around Us, Language and Literacy, The Arts, Mathematics and Numeracy and Physical Education. A Topic Web has been compiled for each Programme to show how the content links in with each strand of learning.

Example Programme Outlines and Topic Webs are provided below for some of our most popular Primary School Programmes.  If you would like to discuss these we will be happy to answer any questions on activities. Please contact for further details. 


Key Stage

Template Programme
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‘Moving Forward’ a Transition Programme for P7

Key Stage 2

In school Programme

Residential Programme

Topic Web

‘Identity’ – Learning about myself and others

Key Stage 1 and 2

Day Programme

Residential Programme

Topic Web

Living in a Global World – Global Inequalities

Key Stage 1 and 2

Day Programme

Topic Web

We have made every effort to provide a wide range of cross–curricular programmes, we can however also provide a bespoke programme service specifically for your school.  If there is an area of work that you would like us to concentrate upon, if you have specific needs or would like to do specific activities we can discuss these with you and design a programme from start to finish.

“I loved the International Café, I got to learn about the Volunteers and where they came from, it was so interesting.  All of the Volunteers were so lovely and they were all so enthusiastic about everything we did. It was the best trip I have ever been on.”

(Primary 7 pupil, Rowandale Integrated Primary School)


Bushmills Schools Transition Project

The Bushmills Transitions Project (BTP) was a pilot project established to support young people and their families in P6 & P7 in three local primary schools (Bushmills PS, Ballytober PS, Straidbilly PS) and Year 8 pupils in Dunluce School as they journeyed through the transition between primary and post–primary schools.  It ran for six months from October 2014 – March 2015

The project was initiated by Dunluce School in partnership with the three local primary schools and Corrymeela with the support of Dalriada Rural Sure Start, Education Welfare Service and the Community Family Support Programme. It was funded by the Department of Education’s Community Education Initiatives Programme CEIP.

Teacher training and resource development.

Transformative Leadership

We offer workshops and seminars for educators including PDMU facilitation workshops for Student teachers and Seminars where teachers can come together to share best practice in line with Continued Professional Development. 

We also host/facilitate staff training days for strategy and policy development alongside teambuilding/motivational sessions all complimented by fresh, healthy locally sourced food with the option of a residential stay. Why let the pupils have all the fun?

Talk to us about prices, we will be happy to discuss a special discounted rate in December and January, why not combine staff teambuilding with your annual Christmas Dinner – we can offer a superb three/four course Christmas Fayre at competitive prices.

For further information, please contact Whelma Villar–Kennedy via email or telephone 028 2076 2626.

“Aims of programme were very well achieved as activities were very well pitched, timed and delivered. Always with an element of fun”

(Teacher, Hollybank Primary School)