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Council provides up to £5,000 Funding for Special School’s Summer Schemes

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Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

3rd Aug 2023

The pupils of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools across the Borough, have all been having a great time at their Summer Schemes, after being awarded funding of up to £5000 from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Thanks to this funding, all five schools Hillcroft School, Jordanstown School, Riverside School, Rostulla School and Thornfield School have been able to bring in a range of resources and activities for the children.  They have enjoyed activities such as smoothie making, Mini Me Yoga, a visit form Kidz Farm and tee shirt tie-dyeing just to name a few!  They were also able to purchase some new equipment which they will be able to use again in future academic years.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper said; “I was delighted to attend both the Jordanstown School and Thornfield School Summer Schemes to meet the children and see first-hand the excellent activities available for the children thanks to this funding.  The children enjoyed arts and crafts, cookery, horticulture, sports and even a trip to the zoo.”

Jordanstown School Principal, Dr Catherine Scully said; “The pupils of Jordanstown School have had a fantastic week at our Summer Scheme funded by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.  The funding allowed the school to really tailor the activities to meet the children’s needs, and ranged from craft, cookery and horticulture through to sports, drama and sensory play.  The highlight of the week was the visit by Kidz Farm, where the children got to meet lots of animals including alpacas, hedgehogs, rabbits and even a snake!”

Thornfield School Acting Principal, Jessica Morgan said; “The Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Fund for Summer Schemes has been a fantastic addition to our school’s Summer Scheme. It has allowed us to purchase valuable resources to support the arts and physical education of our pupils as well as allowing them to enjoy trips and new experiences.

We had a brilliant uptake for Summer Scheme this year and through the support of the Department of Education and the Council, we have been able to create a fun, engaging and inclusive scheme that suits the needs of all our pupils”

If you are interested in knowing more about the inclusive services the Council provides, contact the Accessibility and Inclusion Officer, Ellen Boyd