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Twinning Programme

Ardstraw Jubilee Primary School and Rockcorry National School Twinning Programme

On 22nd November pupils and teachers from Ardstraw Jubilee Primary School and Rockcorry National School travelled to the Ulster American Folk Park to take part in the Ulster-Scots Agency’s School Twinning Programme. 

Ulster-Scots Agency Education Officer Gary Blair said “The Twinning Programme is a great opportunity for schools to come together to share their language, heritage and culture. I would like to commend the teachers from both schools on their excellent work and for making this collaboration both educational and enjoyable.

This proved to be an extremely worthwhile trip providing the children with the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of the migration of the section of the Ulster population who made the journey across the Atlantic to America hundreds of years ago and the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America. With 30 buildings and exhibits to explore including thatched cottages and log cabins, this was a wonderfully unique experience for all.”

Sarah Kemp, Principal of Ardstraw Jubilee Primary School said “We were delighted to meet pupils from Rockcorry National School and to share this special day with them. As part of the Twinning programme, the children created and shared a Powerpoint Presentation relating to their own local area and school, finishing off the project at the Ulster American Folk Park. This also gave us an opportunity to share and compare school life, and most importantly our history and language. I would like to thank Rockcorry staff and pupils for helping to make our day together enjoyable and informative. Both pupils and staff feel they have made new friends and that this is the start of a successful partnership.”

For further information on the Ulster-Scots Agency Twinning Programme, contact Gary Blair at the Ulster-Scots Agency on 028 9023 1113 or email gblair@ulsterscotsagency.org.uk