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Community Relations top of the class in Moy

Published: Tue, 29 Aug 2017
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Pictured are NIHE's Louise Smyth & Stephen Murray, Fit for Purpose with Jonathan, James, Lance, Elliott, Alfie, Tom, Toby & Krists
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Two local primary schools are top of the class with community relations, thanks to the Housing Executive.
St John’s Primary School and Moy Regional Primary School hosted a shared Summer Scheme event in the village during July and August. Around 80 pupils from both schemes took part in a cross community, multi-sport initiative to improve physical fitness and community relations.
Through our Community Cohesion Unit, over £2,500 was provided to facilitate the two month long scheme. our local staff worked closely with members of the Charlemont and Moy Development Association.
It is hoped the summer scheme will lead to a shared campus for both primary schools in the future.
Our Mid Ulster Area Manager Michael Dallat said: “The Housing Executive were pleased to support this important cross community initiative, which is improving the lives of young people in the greater Moy area.
“The summer scheme allows children from different schools to interact with each other, helping to negate perceptions held by residents.
“This is an excellent example of the Housing Executive fostering vibrant communities through integrated activity.
St John’s Primary School Principal John Kilpatrick added: “The children were extremely excited to be involved in the summer scheme taking place in Moy this year. I would like to thank the Housing Executive for their support in turning this idea into a reality.
“Moy has been held as a best practice model for strong community relations and it is envisaged the success of the summer scheme will push towards a shared school campus for all.
“We hope the summer scheme will be a lasting legacy event of young people in Moy to take part in for years to come.
Moy Regional Primary School Jennifer Little said: “Moy Regional Primary School has worked closely with St John’s Primary School is creating a shared environment for all pupils. The benefits of partnership working between both schools is evident and has culminated in this year’s summer scheme initiative.
“The Housing Executive have been a catalyst in helping strengthen relations in supporting the summer scheme, which will hopefully make a strong case for a shared campus for both schools.
“The children were delighted to be taking part in the summer scheme, which has benefits in terms of physical fitness as well as a better understanding of their local community.”