Moyle ‘Songs of Praise’ a great success

26 04 2015

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of last Sunday’s  ‘Songs of Praise’. Tara McHugh, Siobhan Mullin, Kate Elliott,Jane  Leighton, Barbara Ward, Ian Williamson, Maurice McCurdy, Marie Louise McClarey, Maeve Walsh, Berkeley White, Lois Chambers,  Corrymeela, Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle High School, Dalriada Hospital , Ballycastle Church Action, Good Morning Ballycastle,Causeway Peace Group, Rev John Stanbridge, Fr Brian Daly, Ballycastle Presbyterian Church Songs of Praise 2

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Cunningham welcomes news of shared education campus for Ballycastle High School and Cross and Passion College

1 07 2014

Shared Education Campus

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor and Chair of Moyle Council Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the Department of Education announcement which will allow the joint Ballycastle High School/Cross and Passion College Shared Campus project to proceed to the planning stage.

Councillor Cunningham, a member of the Board of Governors at Cross and Passion College who had been part of the joint delegation who met the Education Minister said

“The co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School is proof that Shared Education works, both schools can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.”

“The project which envisages two new core schools and two shared centres, one at Ballycastle High for STEM subjects and one at Cross and Passion for Performance and Creative Arts will further develop  and enrich the sharing and educational experiences of the pupils from both schools. “





Shared Education – The views of Children and Young People

24 04 2013

Shared Education

Welcoming the report “Shared Education – Views of Children and Young People’ – Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said that the findings concur with the Ballycastle experience.

“The co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School is proof that Shared Education works, both schools can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.

 “Ballycastle is leading the way in terms of co-operation and developing  and enriching the educational experiences of pupils.”

http://www.niccy.org/uploaded_docs/2013/publications/Adult%20Report.pdf

http://www.niccy.org/uploaded_docs/2013/publications/Young%20People%20Report.pdf





ESA Bill needs to support “Shared Education”

12 04 2013

ballycastle schools

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham called for the inclusion of support for shared education in the ESA Bill which is to be introduced by the Assembly.

 The Councillor continued: “This Bill which will fundamentally change the education system needs to provide the framework for a system of education that offers young people the best chance of fulfilling their potential.

 “In Ballycastle we can see the positive effects of how well the two all ability post primary schools, Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School co-operate  and can offer a wider range of subject choice, facilities and expertise while at the same time are able to retain and celebrate their own community identity and ethos.

 “Indeed  Ballycastle is leading the way in terms of working together to develop new means of providing educational pathways for children and young people, it is in the fostering of these types of links that schools should be encouraged and supported by the Department for Education and in particular the ESA Bill.”





Ballycastle Schools a template for partnership

27 10 2012

 

Responding to the NEELB Strategic Area Plan Consultation, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham applauded the long standing  level of collaboration and  co-operation between Cross and Passion College and Ballycastle High School.

 “I am confident that this level of co-operation and partnership can be built upon within the Area Learning Partnership, and that both schools will continue to work together to meet the needs of all their pupils delivering the statutory curriculum which includes the Entitlement Framework”

 “I have no doubt and there is strong evidence that this co-operation enhances the quality and range of provision and raises and improves standards. “

 “As well as improving education standards, co-operation between the two schools has had a very positive impact socially in terms of friendships and community cohesion and provides the template for other areas “

 “Both school campuses require Capital Investment from the Department which if given priority would serve to maximise the use and sharing of existing school estate”

 “Ballycastle can look to the future in the confidence that they have two strong all ability post primary schools, each with their own identity and ethos, but willing to share resources and facilities in order to provide a top quality post primary experience ”





Puffin Crossing for Moyle Road

6 07 2012


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the DRD Roads Service decision to install a new puffin crossing on the busy Moyle Road.
“This will be of great benefit during the school terms, with three schools Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle High School and St Patricks and St Brigids, located on Moyle Road, finding a safe place to cross has always been a worry. Parents and teachers from the three schools were active in lobbying for the much-needed safe crossing.”
“A Puffin crossings has a built-in detector system which “sees” that people are waiting to cross and will change the traffic lights accordingly. Parents with small children need a little bit longer to cross, the detector knows this and holds the traffic lights at red until they reach the other side safely. This means that drivers are stopped for a shorter time if a pedestrian crosses quite quickly, and that slower pedestrians are given more time to cross.”





Mary McAleese

31 10 2011

Ballycastle SDLP have paid tribute to Mary McAleese in her final days as Irish President. Speaking shortly after the election victory of her successor Labour’s Michael D Higgins, Councillor Dónal Cunningham said:
“Mary McAleese has served as Irish President with distinction, compassion and impact. She has more than fulfilled her promise to build bridges. She and her husband Martin (both proud of their County Antrim roots) have helped to build and improve relationships between North and South, and between the different traditions on this island and between Britain and Ireland.
“President McAleese has been a constant source of encouragement for all in the nation. She has encouraged, enterprise, reconciliation, inclusion, culture, community, child and family support, learning, innovation, partnership, environmental responsibility and international solidarity.
“In all her visits to Moyle, both Mary and Martin have impressed and motivated people. In their various invitations and receptions of Moyle people at Áras an Uachtaráin they have also recognised the work and worth of many individuals and groups here.