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Friends of New-Bridge Parents Association

Lorraine Bell Chairperson |

Aim – “The primary aim of  ‘Friends of New-Bridge Integrated College’ is to help raise funds for the College by organising events throughout the school year. Such events should have participation by school pupils, teachers and parents where applicable.”

“A secondary aim shall be to provide a forum to enable parents and school representatives to meet and interact in a social setting.”

Ethos – As ‘Friends of New-Bridge Integrated College’ we fully support and promote the aims and spirit of Integration.  “It is about cultivating every individual´s self-respect and therefore their respect for other people and other cultures.”  Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

Who is involved and when do we meet? Any New-Bridge Integrated College parent/guardian can come along and get involved in ‘Friends of New-Bridge Integrated College’

What has been achieved to date? Funds raised for assembly hall floor, heating, chairs, interactive whiteboards and much more.   We provide support at important events in the school calendar i.e. Open Day, school productions etc.

How do we raise funds?

Through various activities including:

  • 100 CLUB – £500 prize money every month!
  • School Discos
  • Raffles
  • Quiz Nights
  • Bag packs
  • Special events

How do you get involved?

  • Come to meetings, have your say
  • Support events – quiz, shows, donations, etc.
  • Provide your expertise
  • Encourage your children
  • Help out at events – Access NI check is required (The College Secretary will provide the necessary paperwork. There is no charge associated with volunteers).


Some of our successful fundraising efforts below:

New-Bridge Does Strictly!

Are you an avid ‘Strictly’ fan?  If so, you will be excited to know that our biggest fundraising effort for 2017 was ‘New-Bridge Does Strictly’ which took place in Canal Court Newry.

14 parents and 14 members of the College staff agreed to dance the night away in June 2017.  A very successful fundraising event for the college.

Friends of New-Bridge host Multi Cultural Evening

A wonderful evening celebrating cultural diversity in New-Bridge Integrated College was held during INTEGRATED MONTH in March.  The fun filled event was enjoyed by parents, pupils and staff at New-Bridge to mark International Integrated Education Week.   Music, dance and a wide variety of culinary delights to savour were enjoyed by all.   A warm thank you to ‘Friends of New-Bridge’ who organised the event.   Special thanks to the Integrated Education Fund who provided funding and to our pupils who participated in music, facepainting and so much more.


Parcel Of Rogues – Anne Lennon (photo booth)-Mr Sheppy and the New-Bridge Dancers-New-Bridge African Drummers, School Choir, Banbridge Community Choir, Elaine Keegan (origami)

Mc Creedy Academy Of Irish Dance- Phil Browne and Barry Dugan- Guitar players –        6th Form Students face painting

Violeen (Nikolia, Vessie and Lee) –  Enigma (Year 12 Music Class)

Thank you to Robin Fields who supplied the mannequins for display. Thank you all so much.


Tesco bag pack – The new Tesco store opened in the Outlet Centre in Banbridge and  kindly offered ‘Friends of New-Bridge’ the opportunity to do a backpack on Saturday 18th October 2014.  The bag pack was a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for the school and an outstanding £728 was raised!

Many thanks to members of the Friends of New-Bridge, students and staff who were so giving of their time to help raise this tremendous amount.

Thank you to David McKay on behalf of  Tesco for the fundraising opportunity

Banbridge Area Learning Community (BALC)

New-Bridge Integrated College is an active partner in the Banbridge Area Learning Community.  Our involvement in collaborative courses with Southern Regional College (SRC) and schools within BALC allows us to provide a full range of subjects, both academic and vocational, to our students.

BALC Collaborative Partners:

  • Banbridge Academy
  • Banbridge High School
  • Donard School
  • Dromore High School
  • New-Bridge Integrated College
  • Rathfriland High School
  • Southern Regional College
  • St Patrick’s College

Banbridge Area Learning Community Anti-Bullying Collaborative Project