Limavady High School and St Mary’s High School recently released a film highlighting the work between the schools over that past three decades.
They did so as it was confirmed that the planning application for the new shared campus was submitted in April 2018 to the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and that Hamilton Architects are currently working with the schools with a view to commencing the contractor procurement process late 2018.
Principal of Limavady High School Darren Mornin said,
“I am delighted that the Limavady shared education campus is well on its way to becoming a reality. For our partnership, this means the construction of state-of-the-art STEM, sixth form, careers, drama and media facilities across both schools.
“These facilities will be used by pupils from both Limavady High School and St Mary’s High School, and will enhance provision as well as build on the ethos of sharing that already exists.
“Sharing has been part of the DNA of both Limavady High School and St Mary’s Limavady since the 1970s, when our predecessors had the courage and vision to try and make a positive impact on our young people by providing opportunities for them to understand and celebrate our differences.
“The beauty of shared education is that our schools can work together to deliver educational benefits to our pupils, promote efficient and effective use of resources, and promote equality of opportunity and good relations, along with the ability to promote respect for identity, diversity and community cohesion. All this can be achieved without compromising our own beliefs and values in a spirit of openness and trust.
“I look forward to pupils benefiting from many more years of sharing with St Mary’s High School.”
Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council added,
“I would like to commend the principals of Limavady High School and St Mary’s High School for leading by example, and demonstrating the positive impact that shared education can have on young people’s lives.
“I look forward to visiting Limavady shared education campus in the future, which will be a fitting legacy to the visionary school leaders who began the process of sharing almost 40 years ago.”
The short video captures the journey that the schools’ partnership has been on, and also recognises the leaders who helped to build the foundations that have led to the Limavady shared education campus. The video was filmed and edited by the NERVE Centre and funded by the Department of Education and can be viewed online at: bit.ly/2QrXGjP