On Wednesday 23rd May Year 9 pupils from Movilla High in Newtownards and St Columbanus’ College, Bangor visited Stranmillis University College for the South Eastern Education and Library Board and International Fund for Ireland ‘Exploring Together’ day.
The cross community event enabled the pupils to become ‘students’ for the day. The pupils had a choice of studying one of seven master classes; some examples included ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ (sport), ‘Fizz Bang Wallop’ (STEM), and ‘Stranmillis Apprentice’ (Business and Enterprise). During the master classes the young people attended classes, worked in groups and created presentations, which they delivered at the end of the day, before participating in a ‘graduation ceremony’, presided over by Audrey Curry, the College’s Assistant Vice-Principal.
The master classes were facilitated by 'Stranmillis Volunteers', who worked very hard to get everything organised for their group of ‘students’. The volunteers devised activities that not only added to the pupils’ knowledge, but also fostered problem solving and team working skills. The young people built friendships with pupils from other schools and developed an awareness of the importance of groups and communities working together.