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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 schools in Northern Ireland.  As an integrated school we want to challenge this, on a local and global level.

Communities in Dialogue

Oakgrove hosted the Communities in Dialogue Event at Oakgrove IPSN on Thursday 16th November.  We hoped that through meaningful discussion and dialogue with pupils, school leaders and community representatives that we would be better able to support pupils from ethnic minority families develop a sense of community in school and at home.  It was a wonderfully well attended day supported by NICIE. 

Our Panel was:

  • Dr Anne Murray (former Principal of OIPSN/Chair of Board of Governors OIC)
  • Sue Divin Programme Manager (PEACE IV)
  • Mark Heathers (PSNI)
  • Karen Mullan MLA (Sinn Fein Education Spokesperson Foyle Constituency Office)
  • David Ramsey DUP Councillor
  • Nikki Yau Migrant Centre NI (Also part of Sai Pak Chinese)
  • Gareth Cross Reporter (Derry Now/Derry News) 

Our Student contributors were:

  • Lena from P7B OIPSN
  • Anna from  P7B OIPSN
  • Urte from P7A OIPSN
  • Tyler from OIC

Also in attendance were pupils from local primary schools and secondary schools, politicians, community leaders, Parent's Group members, NICIE staff, members of Foyle Trust for Integrated Education, a representative from Derry City and Strabane District Council and European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid Team a Development Worker Migrant Centre NI, our student council representatives and our staff.

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 worked towards celebrating 25 years of integration in Derry~Londonderry.

Click here to read the news story.

Integration Links


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.


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

Oakgrove Integrated

Click on the logo to visit Oakgrove Integrated College site.

Integration Websites we like



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 Johnston, Clooney Hall Methodist Church Methodist City Mission
  • 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

Oakgrove Choir


New Beginning performed by our choir.