Half-term already? It’s been a busy start to the new school year as Ni4kids catches up with what’s been happening in and out of classrooms around the country…
Ballyhackamore’s longest-established estate agency, Templeton Robinson, is supporting their favourite squad for this year’s Primary School Cup with the sponsorship of Strandtown PS football team. Assistant Vice Principal Wendy Bailie, herself a former Northern Ireland International footballer, says the P7 pupils have their sights set on the top prize this year. She said: “The Strandtown PS team have won a number of trophies over the past year, including a triumphant win at the prestigious Ashfield Tournament, and we hope that our new kits, kindly sponsored by Templeton Robinson, will bring us as much luck this year as they did in the previous season. It’s the second year that Templeton Robinson have sponsored the team, and Director Neil Templeton says they are proud to see their names emblazoned on the kit of such an energetic and determined young squad.
Students at Stewartstown Primary School caused quite a buzz in the school garden when Helen Kelly from the National Trust paid the students a visit in September to discuss how to encourage wildlife into the school garden. This visit was aimed at promoting Springhill’s new Landscape Conservation programme which will encompass various aspects of landscape conservation including topics such as, ‘The importance of Bees, Butterflies and worms’ as well as the amazing way in which plants & trees disperse seeds.
Lisnasharragh Primary School had its winning Community Billboard Challenge anti-litter poster unveiled on the Cregagh Road. Belfast City Council challenged youth groups and schools across the city to come up with a winning anti-litter message and have it promoted in their area on an advertising billboard. The Lisnasharragh pupils’ message is: ‘Don’t risk the fine, bin it every time’.
Deputy Chair of the People and Communities Committee, Councillor Sian O’Neill said: “I’ve been so impressed by these young people’s creativity and passion. Council spends almost £13million each year keeping the streets of Belfast clean – and some of that money could be better spent on other council services. We want our residents to realise that each of us has a responsibility to help keep our communities litter-free.”
To coincide with World Mental Health Day (October 10) and the launch of the 2016 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People, George Best Belfast City Airport hosted a Mental Health Awareness Showcase to premiere short films created by pupils from across Belfast, focusing on the issues of mental health and wellbeing. The films were aired to an audience in Belfast’s W5 with Communities Minister, Paul Givan, in attendance. The pupils were from Ashfield Girls’ High School, Malone College, Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Wellington College, Aquinas Grammar School and Belfast Boys’ Model. Michelle Hatfield, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Belfast City Airport, said: “Anyone can be affected by mental health issues which can have a significant impact on the way a person thinks, behaves or interacts. Unfortunately, it has become one of the biggest silent killers in modern society, particularly amongst young adults. It is therefore crucial that from an early age, young people are educated on not only the signs and symptoms, but also prevention in order to maintain a sound state of mental wellbeing.”
The project was supported by the airport’s Community Fund which to date has invested nearly £300,000 in projects which enhance and enrich the lives and knowledge of people across greater Belfast and North Down.