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Cregagh Primary School receives Flagship Award

08 December 2017

Flagship Award presented to Cregagh Primary School

On the 23rd November over five years of hard work by pupils and teachers at Cregagh Primary School was rewarded with a presentation of an Ulster-Scots Flagship School award from the Ulster-Scots Agency.

The award was presented at a special ‘Evening to Remember’ celebration by Ulster-Scots Agency Board Member Iain Carlisle, who praised the School for its excellent work and commended the teachers for their efforts in incorporating the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture within the school.

Following the presentation, Mr Carlisle said “Everyone at Cregagh Primary School has worked very hard and we are delighted that they have achieved Ulster-Scots Flagship status.” The School completed the Flagship programme by engaging in an intensive study of Lambeg Drumming, Highland Dance and Drama. The School also participated in the ‘Our Innovators’ project with Morrow Communications and in an East West Twinning Project when they travelled to Irvine in Scotland.

School Principal, David Heggarty accepted the award on behalf of the entire school community, and commented that, “Every year we have worked with the Ulster Scots Agency has been a pleasure. Our pupils have learned the richness of the Ulster-Scots language and heritage, to take pride in and celebrate their shared history and perform to audiences both at home and in Scotland. Our cooperation has been marked by life-enriching education and fun in equal measure. For this award, I give you my sincere thanks. For partnership and friendships forged, I give you my deepest and indebted gratitude.” Immediately following the award’s presentation, Dan Gordon the Belfast actor and playwright performed a scene from his play, The Boat Factory. During the evening, many of the school’s recent achievements and accolades were showcased and the life and work of former principal, the late Ronnie Milligan, was celebrated.

Joining the Ulster Scots Flagship Programme is completely free. By registering to participate schools commit themselves to an eighteen month programme of work which, on completion, will lead to the award of Ulster-Scots Flagship School status. During this process participating schools will be supported by staff from the Ulster-Scots Agency and other specialist tutors.

Schools can express their interest in the Flagship Scheme through the Agency’s website

For further information, contact Gary Blair at the Ulster-Scots Agency on 028 9023 1113 or email