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Council’s ‘Primary aim’ of engagement with schoolchildren again proves to be ‘great fun’

Thursday 16 February 2017

Primary 7 pupils continue to be a focus for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations staff – with a recent engagement with the youngsters proving to be a musical ‘hit’ and great fun for all.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Audrey Wales MBE with Janet Shearer and Jane Dunlop, Good Relations Officers and young people who represented Larne Primary Schools at the Mid and East Antrim Good Relations Schools Engagement Event for P7s in Larne Town

“While this particular Good Relations initiative aims to give these young people a better understanding of Council, as well as an introduction to Good Relations as they prepare to move to secondary education – that doesn’t stop it from being great fun,” said Mid and East Antrim Borough Mayor, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE.

“The aim is for young participants to feel confident and better equipped to engage in Good Relations activities after each event.

“The young people had an opportunity to not only enjoy the music on stage, but also to take part in a fun and interactive workshop with the group, Beyond Skin, a creative team of professional artists who promote diversity,” Cllr Wales added.

As well as Beyond Skin the ‘Orchestreds Refugies et amis’ also took to the stage with music representing refugees while the youngsters kept up the beat with accompanying drums and tambourines.

Council has been carrying out a series of these Schools’ Engagement events for Primary 7 pupils since January 2017, initially in Ballymena, but most recently hosting the final sessions in both Larne and Carrickfergus.

The Mayor added: “It is wonderful that so many schools and around 1,000 of our Primary 7 pupils took part in this exciting new initiative. 

“It has great fun watching our young people be so enthusiastic as they engage with the workshop sessions and of course the intercultural music workshops!”

"Mid and East Antrim Borough Council wants everyone who lives, work, plays - or goes to school - in this Borough to feel welcome, safe, respected and celebrated,” she said, adding that these events are designed to enhance those aims.

“Projects like this Schools Engagement Programme are significant and important to Council as we continue to Work Together to Create a Better Future for All,” the Mayor concluded.

These events have been supported by the Arts Council NI, and The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council's Good Relations Programme. 

For more information about these events, or other Good Relations projects in the Mid and East Antrim Borough, contact your local Good Relations Officer.

Ballymena Office: E: jane.dunlop@midandeastantrim.gov.uk T: 028 2563 3141 or Carrickfergus Office: E: janet.shearer@midandeastantrim.gov.uk T: 028 9335 8312.

Photograph: Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Audrey Wales MBE with Janet Shearer and Jane Dunlop, Good Relations Officers and young people who represented Larne Primary Schools at the Mid and East Antrim Good Relations Schools Engagement Event for P7s in Larne Town Hall.