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 boy 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, we have received Planning Approval for our £17.8 million new school build and with the appointment of Contractors imminent, we remain hopeful that the building work will commence end of 2021, Our design plans are breathtaking and will offer so many new opportunities for our students and staff.
New-Bridge has high standards and high expectations, asking that everyone works and learns to their full potential. Through our School Website, and our Facebook page, we have captured the ethos of our school in words and pictures, we hope that your visit to our school enables you to experience first-hand our welcoming, friendly and caring ethos. We look forward to expanding our New-Bridge family in September 2021 by welcoming new students and new families to our school.
A Anderson Principal
Head Girl Welcome
I feel incredibly privileged and proud to not only be Head Girl, but to be a student here at New-Bridge. I am ready to take the next step in my life and move onto university, with strong foundations that New-Bridge has helped me build. I am currently studying A-Level English Literature, Drama and Art. Next year I hope to move on to study Drama and English Literature.
I just feel so grateful for everything New-Bridge has given me. My amazing opportunities that have come from being a pupil in New-Bridge started in my first year of the school and have continued into my final year. For example, just last week my dreams of seeing myself on the big screen recently became a reality when I was invited to the premier of an IEF documentary for integrated education titled ‘Integration through the eyes of young people’ that I proudly participated in. My participation in the anti-bullying ambassadors in New-Bridge has also given me incredible opportunities, such as mentoring younger students and receiving a Dianna award with the rest of the team. I enjoy being able to guide and support younger pupils in the school and help welcome them into the New-Bridge family.
I know I am tolerant, inclusive and appreciate diversity because of my Integrated Education experience and I also know that this will further support me in my chosen career path when I move into the world of work. Students at New-Bridge develop these skills and soon realise how special our school is, in preparing us for the future.
Head Boy Welcome
As Head Boy, I am extremely proud to represent New-Bridge Integrated College this year. New-Bridge has provided me with so many fantastic opportunities to achieve success both academically and as an individual. This year I am studying English, Maths, Drama, and History and I am hoping to study psychology at university next year.
I am looking forward to taking on new responsibilities in New-Bridge such as a Year Mentor for the new Year 8 students and representing the school throughout the year. The outstanding opportunities provided to me, as well as the excellent teaching and support, have laid the foundations for the next stage of my life at university. Due to the opportunities provided, I have been fortunate enough to run a business as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme, become an Anti-Bullying Ambassador, and joining many extra-curricular groups such as the Scholars’ Programme and involving myself diligently in the music and drama departments.
At New-Bridge, I am the last of my family to leave for university, I was captivated by its inclusive integrated ethos, which reflects the motto ‘A School For All The Family’. If I could share one piece of advice for the new P7s joining New-Bridge Integrated College, it would be to seize every opportunity given at this wonderful school. I know as a part of our school community you will thrive in New-Bridge and good luck for your future years.
“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
Mr P Bingham, Mrs L Belshaw, Miss L Campbell, Miss M Connolly, Mr C Downey, Miss S Devlin, Miss C Dynes, Mrs J Gibson, Miss P Hamilton, Mrs J Kelly, Mrs H Lennon, Miss R Lennon, Mrs A Lennon-Malone, Mrs R Lindsay, Miss A Monaghan, Miss J Moorehead, Miss C Moore, Mrs V Morton, Miss N McConville, Mr D McCracken, Mrs E Sands, Miss J Smith, Mr J Swallow, Mrs R Sweet, Mrs S Wheavil, Miss M Whan
Mrs E Lennon (Principal’s Secretary)
Mrs D Canniford
Mrs J McKeown
Mrs J Ward
Mr T McGrath
Mr D Barker
Mrs S Kennedy, Mrs L Magill, Mrs S Moffitt, Mrs Á Mooney, Ms E McAuley, Mrs S Richardson, Mrs D Sally, 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, Mrs S Richardson, Mrs S Taggart