Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton, NICIE patrons surprised guests and students at Corran Integrated Primary School, Larne yesterday, when they carried out the official opening of the new school building.
Corran Integrated College has been opened since 1991. In its short history, the school has made an indelible impact on the local community and has become an inextricable part of the fabric of Larne and its wider environs.
Welcoming Connor and Holly to Corran Integrated PS, Larne, Roisin Marshall CEO of the NI Council for Integrated Education said, “I am so happy that Connor and Holly have been able to join us today and especially given the importance of the occasion. It’s especially nice to have them carry out the the official opening of this beautiful new school building. We are very excited to have such great ambassadors for N. Ireland and integrated education with us today. This is the third new build to open through the Fresh Start Initiative and I am looking forward to seeing further progress on the remaining projects. This has given Integrated Education an invaluable boost enabling schools that started as a twinkle in parents’ eyes to grow and be strong, sustainable, integrated schools that they dreamt off creating.”
The school community felt very honoured to have Connor and Holly carrying out the official opening with pupils interviewing Connor and Holly for the “Corran Show”.
Paying tribute to the work of all of those involved in Integrated Education, Connor and Holly said, “We are very pleased to be offer our support for Integrated Education and it’s particularly nice to be here in Larne today. We’ve had a delightful day and really enjoyed meeting the young people. We are delighted to be have the opportunity to spend time in an integrated school and to support NICIE in the vital work they do with parents, schools and young people to help bring more people together in Northern Ireland and make it a better place for all of us. Indeed, we’ve been completely overwhelmed by the welcome and wonderful reception we’ve received here.”
Denise Macfarlane, Principal of Corran Integrated Primary School said “It is a great honour to have Connor and Holly visit our school and officially open our school building. We are delighted with our new, purpose -built school building, it’s like a dream come true! Our school started in 1991 in an industrial estate then moved to mobile classrooms in Blackcave North the following year. It’s been a long wait but it’s been worth it!”
Connor and Holly are amongst a very impressive list of celebrity patrons of Integrated Education which includes Carl Frampton MBE, Patrick Kielty, Dame Mary Peters and Sir Kenneth Branagh.