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Oakgrove Integrated Primary & Nursery School, Limavady

Integration at Oakgrove IPSN

At Oakgrove Integrated Primary School and Nursery our purpose is learning together for life and celebrating diversity.  We aim to provide child centred education in an integrated environment, where families and the wider community are involved.  We are an integrated learning community which seeks to learn together, of and from one another, regardless of creed, race, gender or ability.

At Oakgrove we are keen to challenge our children and staff and the rest of our school community.  We have an ethos, within the school where we embrace difference and celebrate diversity.  Exposure to as a wide a variety of experiences and challenges is what helps children, staff, families and ultimately our communities to grow.  As an integrated school, a school which teaches children of all creeds, race, gender and ability, we want to lead the way for education in Northern Ireland.  Only 7% of the population are educated in integrated schhols in Northern Ireland.  As an integrated school we want to challenge this, on a local and global level.

Celebrating 25 Years of Oakgrove IPSN

25th Anniversary Logo
25th Anniversary Logo
 
Londonderry Sentinel 1991
Londonderry Sentinel 1991
 
Official Opening Programme
Official Opening Programme
 
The whole school 1991
The whole school 1991
 
Open Morning 2016 with staff from 1991
Open Morning 2016 with staff from 1991
 
Children at the Open Morning 2016
Children at the Open Morning 2016
 
Guests at the Open Morning 2016
Guests at the Open Morning 2016
 
Thomas at the Open Morning 2016
Thomas at the Open Morning 2016
 
The choir at the Open Morning 2016
The choir at the Open Morning 2016
 
Music at the Open Morning 2016
Music at the Open Morning 2016
 
Play at the Open Morning 2016
Play at the Open Morning 2016
 
Our cake at the Open Morning 2016
Our cake at the Open Morning 2016
 
Derry Journal Article from 1991
Derry Journal Article from 1991
 
RRS 25th Birthday Celebration Cake
RRS 25th Birthday Celebration Cake
 
Birthday messages from people you may know.
Birthday messages from people you may know.
 
Time line of 25 Years at Oakgrove
Time line of 25 Years at Oakgrove
 
 

Integration News

 

International Integrated Education Week

At Oakgrove IPSN, our mission statement is "Celebrating Diversity- Learning Together for Life."

We aim to promote high achievement and learning for life by working with children of different backgrounds (religion, culture, race, gender, ability) to enable them to become happy, confident, polite, sensitive, tolerant and caring people.

Integrated Education Week is usually the first week in March.  The children throughout the school areinvolved in various cross-community and integration activities. 

One of the highlights of the week is annual Multi-Cultural Evening, which brings together the four integrated schools from the area in a celebration of food, costume, tradition and culture as well as music, song and dance from around the world.

  • Roe Valley Integrated Primary School
  • Groarty Integrated Primary School
  • Oakgrove Integrated College
  • Oakgrove Integrated Primary School and Nursery

Click here to see the Galleries

IIE Week was a little different during 2016. We we working towards celebrating 25 years of integration in Derry~Londonderry.

Click here to read the news story.

IIE Week Northern Ireland Launch 2015

International Integrated Education Week this year has the theme 'Horizons'.  The school will be filled with activities based around this theme from Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March, 2015.  We will have visitors to assist us with our experiences in school as well as making visits to locations throughout the city.

Oakgrove launched International Integrated Education week this year.  Classes have been working on Horizons artwork for display around the school.  Music, art and drama formed part of the launch, the culmination of which was a performance of the song 'Try' by the the whole school and some special guests from other integrated schools.  It was a thought provoking and moving launch.  Congratulationa to all the children and staff of the school.

 

Reaccreditation of Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award

Reaccreditation of Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award
Reaccreditation of Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award

Congratulations to Oakgrove IPSN who have achieved the reaccreditation of Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.  Oakgrove IPSN is the first school in Northern Ireland to achieve this and also one of the first in the UK.  Thank you to all who contributed to achieving this award. 

Well done everyone!

 

Integration Links

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL FOR INTEGRATED EDUCATION

Established in 1987, NICIE is a voluntary organisation that was set up to develop, support and promote Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. The underpinning principle of Integrated Education is the belief that by bringing Catholics, Protestants and children of other faiths, and none, together in a shared learning environment, they can learn to understand, respect and accept each other. Click on the logo to visit the NICIE website.

INTEGRATED EDUCATION FUND

The Integrated Education Fund aims to make integration, not separation, the norm in our education system. The Fund supports the continued growth of integrated school places and encourages all schools to provide their pupils with the opportunity to engage meaningfully with children from different cultural and religious backgrounds.  Click on the logo to visit the IEF website.

 
 

Oakgrove Integrated College

Founded in the midst of conflict in our community, Oakgrove Integrated College cherishes the values of courage, imagination and determination which our founders showed.

We commit ourselves to nurturing those values in all our students and developing their ability to speak the truth with confidence. Founded as a place of learning, we strive to enable all to achieve the highest academic standards whilst fostering courage and willingness to take risks accepting what might not be.

We are ever mindful that our school’s history teaches us to look to the future with hope This is a different school created by people inspired to imagine a better future because difference is seen as strength, not weakness. As an integrated school, we are ever-committed to seeking out and welcoming what is different and recognising the challenge to accept what is new.

We foster world-wide partnerships, encouraging students to discover the joy of integrating which continues beyond the experience of school. Our fundamental aim is to develop self-esteem and from it to grow a sense of commitment to others and to the society in which we live, study and work. Oakgrove is no ordinary college. If you are willing to embark on the exciting challenge of a process of life-long learning, then join us now.

  

Jill Markham

 Principal
Oakgrove Integrated

Click on the logo to visit Oakgrove Integrated College site.

Remembering

Integrated Education Month - Remembering
 

A few fun memory games.  Adult supervision required.

Click on the badge to find out more about 25 years at Oakgrove.
Click on the badge to find out more about 25 years at Oakgrove.
 

Assemblies

Remembrance Day Assembly
Remembrance Day Assembly
 
The Amazing Journey to Bible Times
The Amazing Journey to Bible Times
 
First Holy Communion Assembly
First Holy Communion Assembly
 
25th Birthday Assembly
25th Birthday Assembly
 
Diwali Assembly
Diwali Assembly
 
Chinese New Year Assembly
Chinese New Year Assembly
 
FAST Assembly
FAST Assembly
 
Our Assembly support
Our Assembly support
 
 

We are supported by all the local churches, receive visits from local clergy and visit the local churches for services, including Harvest and Christmas Carol Service.

We appreciate the support of:

  • Rev D McBeth, All Saints Church of Ireland Church, Clooney, All Saints Clooney
  • Fr S O'Donnell, St Columb's Church, Chapel Road Waterside Parish
  • Rev P. Linkens, Ebrington Presbyterian Church Ebrington Presbyterian Church
  • Rev P. MurrayClooney Hall Methodist Church Methodist City Mission
  • Rev Monroe, Bahai
  • The Staff at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Strathfoyle
  • Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
  • Members of the Children's Evangelical Fellowship
  • Members of the Jehovah's Witness Community
  • The Culture Quarter

Charity & Community Work 2016/17

At Oakgrove each year we choose a:

  • Local Charity
  • National Charity and a
  • Global Charity

This year we are fundraising for:

  • Local Charity - Sorcha's Surprises/Jamie's Journey
  • National Charity - MDNA
  • Global Charity - In response to a Global Need

We are also involved in raising money for school funds through:

  • Hallowe'en Disco
  • Non-Uniform Day
  • Zumbathon
  • Book Fair
  • Christmas Cards
  • Santa Breakfast
  • Valentine's Disco
  • and more to come!

We have also supported the local community through:

  • The Royal British Legoin Poppy Appeal
  • Pink Ladies Concert
  • Save the Children P7 Choir Fundraiser
  • Clooney Hall Methodist Church Car Boot Sale
  • Foyle Hospice P7 Choir Fundraiser
  • MacMillan Coffee Morning
  • Women's Aid P4 Choir Event
  • St Columb's Catherdral Christmas Tree Festival
  • NSPCC Millennium Forum Concert
  • Deanfield Nursing Home P7 Choir
  • Foyle Fold P7 Choir
  • Ard Cluan P7 Choir
 
 
 

Oakgrove Choir

 

New Beginning performed by our choir.

OIPS Orchestra

 

Song for a New Beginning performed by our orchestra.

FS Performance

 

Foundation Stage perform On the Horizon.

OIPS Drama Club

 

Oakgrove Drama Club perform Beyond the Horizon.

P7 Choir

 

P7 Choir perform  Brand New Day on the Horizon.

Family Fun Night & Multicultural Evening 2015

A wonderful night was had by all at our annual Family Fun Night & Multicultural Evening.  We were treated to delicious food from around the world. The children and adults were able to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities and stalls.  This event is only made possible because of the hard work and dedication of the Parents' Group, the parent volunteers and staff. Well done everyone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

IIE Week Activities 2015