On behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Students, I would like to welcome you to our school. New-Bridge Integrated College is an 11 – 18 school which welcomes boys and girls, all abilities and families from catholic, protestant and other traditions. Our school was established in 1995 by parents from the Banbridge and Newry areas, who wanted a school where children from different communities could be educated together under one roof.
As Laureate of Peace Education, we continue to play a significant role in promoting our inclusive ethos, celebrating diversity and developing our young people into well rounded tolerant citizens, who are happy and engaged in their learning and respectful of each other’s beliefs and traditions. At New-Bridge we provide high quality education through a broad and balanced curriculum which caters for the full ability range. Our child centred approach to learning and teaching is built on positive relationships between staff, students and parents; with priority given to the care and welfare of our students.
New-Bridge is a happy place to learn and work and we are very proud of our excellent record of academic and vocational successes which ensures progression for all our young people. We offer a quality learning experience for those with gifts and talents, those with a high academic profile and those who require additional support and this is evidenced through the destinations of our students, be that University or Further Education Colleges. As our school motto states, we are indeed ‘The School for All the family’. I am proud to say we celebrate the ‘personal best’ of every student at New-Bridge.
We are delighted that under the Fresh Start Agreement Funding, our Contractors, Ganson Ltd, have been appointed with construction work expected to commence early 2022 with a completion schedule of 18 months! Our design plans are breath-taking and will offer so many new opportunities for our students, staff and local community. Through our School Website, our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts, we capture the ethos of our school in words and pictures.
We also hope that your visit to our school, be that virtually or face to face, enables you to experience first-hand our welcoming, friendly and caring ethos. We look forward t0 expanding our New-Bridge family in September 2022 by welcoming new students and new families to our school.
A Anderson Principal
Head Girl Welcome
Hi my name is Emma, and it’s a pleasure to welcome you to our school.
Taking on the role of being Head Girl is by far my favourite achievement. I have always been proud to be a pupil of New-bridge, and to now say that I am head girl is such a privlege!
Having been part of the New-bridge family since 2016, my school experience has been nothing but positive. I am currently studying Drama, History and English A-levels and whilst I’m not entirely sure what I want to do, I am hoping to move on to Queens University next year to study Drama.
From the moment I stepped foot into New-bridge, the support and guidance received from the teaching staff is something I will always appreciate. There is always someone offering help, whether that be with topic tests in first year or advice with university applications. Everyone genuinely cares for you at New-Bridge, so when we say we’re the school for all the family, we really mean it! Being a pupil at our school, makes you a member of our family.
My younger sister is also a pupil at our school and through her I can understand where our role as a prefect team comes into play to offer guidance for junior school. When I was in junior school, it was reassuring to have the older students as mentors, knowing they had shared the experiences I was having and so I hope that as your Head Girl, I can offer that same guidance.
I’ve always been told that “school days are the best days of your life” and now that I begin my final year at New-Bridge, I can only agree. New-bridge has gave me so much; opportunities, memories and guidance.
This has helped me to grow both academically and as a person. For example, being an Anti-Bullying Ambassador has allowed me to help and support other pupils and resulted in gaining the skill to mentor others.
The memories that I have from my time at New-Bridge are nothing but positive and I know that if you are a pupil at our school, yours will be too!
Head Boy Welcome
My name is Jamie and as Head Boy of New-Bridge Integrated College, I would like to welcome you to our school. I feel incredibly proud and privileged to not only be Head Boy, but to also be a student at such a friendly and welcoming school that has provided me with countless possibilities and opportunities which have shaped me into the person that I am today. I am currently studying A-Level English Literature, History and Creative Media, which I thoroughly enjoy and these subjects, as well as my time in New-Bridge, have allowed me to develop new skills as well as to grow as a person. I am also preparing for the next step in my life, to move onto University, and I know that New-Bridge will thoroughly and effectively help me transfer with ease thanks to the strong foundations that it has helped me build since 2016 when I first joined.
I feel incredibly grateful for everything New-Bridge has given me, ranging from the amazing opportunities that I have been provided with since Year 8 all the way up to Year 14, like the ability to help others through Anti-Bullying and mentoring, to the increased roles of responsibility, like representing the school, that have laid strong foundations for my future.
As someone with a younger sibling that is joining New-Bridge next year, I feel confident that all new students will feel welcomed thanks to the amazing support and guidance they will receive from our staff as well as other students from our sixth form, and that they will easily be able to adjust to secondary school life and feel a part of the New-Bridge family. I enjoy being able to guide and support younger pupils in the school and help welcome them to the New-Bridge family, and thanks to the opportunities that I, and many others, have been provided with, like mentoring for our younger peers, I am able to provide this guidance to them, which I feel makes our school special and unlike any other.
At our school, I am very proud and passionate of our ability to help new students settle in and find themselves, as well as our inclusive integrated ethos, that is reflected in our motto – ‘A School for All the Family’, highlighting how our school is unique and accepting of all. As part of our school community, I know that you will thrive here at New-Bridge and will hone and develop your skills of tolerance and empathy through the new opportunities you will have.
I hope to see you all soon!
“New-Bridge Integrated is an integrated all-ability school. We are committed to ensuring 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”
Our College Aims
and College Prayer
- To enable our pupils to grow mature in their own beliefs, culture and tradition
- To promote peace and reconciliation by actively seeking knowledge and understanding of other beliefs, cultures and traditions
- To develop in our pupils the self-esteem and self-discipline necessary for responsible citizenship in a pluralistic society
- To provide a challenging and stimulating environment in which the academic, sporting and personal success of pupils is promoted and celebrated
- To cherish, nurture and respect each other regardless of race, gender or other differences
- To encourage individual spiritual development and to work and pray for peace in our lives
- To promote the involvement of all members of the College community, whether governors, parents, pupils or staff in the development of the College
- To foster a caring and responsible attitude to the College and the local environment
- To create effective links between the College and the wider community
May God give Blessings on All
Whose Lives Build Our School
Both Parent and Child
Both Young and Old
Both Wisdom and Youth
Stranger and Friend
Both Male and Female
Catholic, Protestant and Others
Both Visionary and Builders of the Vision
With the Eye of the Weaver you have Chosen Us
Such Different Threads
to be Gathered into Unity
So that the World Might be Changed
Mrs Anderson Principal
Mrs Harbinson Vice Principal (Care, Welfare and Learning)
Mr Thompson Senior Teacher
Mrs E Cordner College Bursar
Ms L Belshaw, Mr W Cochrane, Mrs D Daly, Misss S Devlin, Mrs J Gibson, Mrs J Kelly, Mrs H Lennon, Mrs A Lennon-Malone, Ms R Lindsay, Mrs N McDowell, Ms A Monaghan, Mrs V Morton, Mrs E Sands, Ms J Smith, Mrs S Sweet, Miss C McIvor, Miss J McDowell, Miss L Campbell, Miss P Hamilton, Miss S Maginness, Mrs N Cone, Miss M Connolly
Mrs E Lennon (Principal’s Secretary)
Mrs D Canniford (Pastoral Secretary)
Mrs A Annett (College Secretary)
Mrs J McKeown (Finance/Exams Officer)
Mrs J Ward (College Librarian)
Mr T McGrath
Mr D Barker
Mrs S Kennedy, Mrs L Magill, Mrs S Moffitt, Mrs Á Mooney, Mrs S Taggart, Miss N Toman
Ms C Gonzalez (Manageress)
Mrs J Johnston (Assistant Cook)
Mrs L Burns, Mrs H Brown, Mrs C Finnegan, Mrs S Moffitt