JUNIOR PRIZEGIVING AT NEW-BRIDGE INTEGRATED COLLEGE
Our annual Junior Prizegiving Ceremony was held on Friday 24 June 2016. Mrs Anderson warmly welcomed many of our parents who joined us to celebrate the success of our students.
We were delighted to welcome past pupil, Eamonn Cunningham, who returned to New-Bridge as Guest of Honour for the occasion.
Eamonn transferred into Year 8 from Warringstown Primary school in September 2000 and completed 7 years at New-Bridge. He undertook his A Level examinations in June 2007 in Drama, English Literature and History and secured a degree course at Queen’s University in Law and Politics. Following his graduation, he spent a period of time travelling around the world before beginning his career as a practicing solicitor in the City of Belfast.
Eamonn reminisced about his first day at New-Bridge and commented “In truth, it was not until after I left New-Bridge, that I began to realise the significance of my time spent here. However – slowly but surely, the importance of New-Bridge in my life became clear to me”.
“In this school, we are taught many important values – top amongst them the importance of inclusivity. Here, we get to meet people who may not look like us. Who may not come from the same background as us. Who may not share the same religion. Here, we get to learn about different cultures, and listen to each other’s stories. And it’s here that we get to embrace our differences and share in our common identity.”
Mrs Anderson said it was with “a great sense of pride that the College welcomed Eamonn back as a shining example that hard work and motivation really do pay off”.
Mrs Anderson referred to the wonderful year we have had in New-Bridge. “What a year it has been as we celebrated in style our 20th anniversary, with our wonderful marquee set up way back in September which brought us all together to make connections with past pupils, parents and staff – New-Bridge continues to grow from strength to strength as we continue to ensure that all our pupils are provided with the opportunity to achieve to their full educational potential in a challenging and stimulating environment in which they all feel cherished and valued.” I am proud that our present generation of students are carrying on with the tradition of creating a positive image of our school, as a school for all the family.
Congratulations to all our students who were awarded prizes which included academic, individual, gifted and talented and contribution to the life of the College. Indeed the range of award categories embraced the integrated and all-ability ethos of the College.
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