Carrick-Germany link to conflict resolution

Ulidia Integrated College senior prefect Thomas Adams and Mr Dunlop enjoying the trip to Germany. INCT 13-702-CON GERMANY
Ulidia Integrated College senior prefect Thomas Adams and Mr Dunlop enjoying the trip to Germany. INCT 13-702-CON GERMANY

A fact-finding visit to Carrickfergus to learn more about integrated education has generated a link between the town and Germany.

A party from Ulidia College travelled to Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia on invitation from the Alice Salomon School.

The trip came about after two members of staff from the German school, along with a Hungarian teacher, visited Ulidia in October.

A statement from Ulidia explained: “Their staff were so impressed by the great work done at the college that they invited us over to Germany to look at partnering the three schools up together in an Erasmus+ funded project looking at conflict resolution.”

Teacher Mr Dunlop, head prefect Thomas Adams and his two deputies Katie McNally and Rachel Morrow travelled to Germany.

They reported: “On the first day we visited the school itself and were able to compare how German education differed to our own. We also spoke to staff and pupils about integrated education and how the college was formed.

“The following days were spent working hard on our European application as well as visiting a local coal mine and looking around the City of Bochum.

“A definite highlight was a day trip to the beautiful university city of Munster. A must see for anyone visiting this part of Germany.”

The Ulidia group also toured former West German capital Bonn, plus Cologne, which was gearing up for its annual festival and Dusseldorf.

“A wonderful trip and a massive thank-you must go to our hosts. We look forward to many more trips to our partner schools and also welcoming them to Ulidia Integrated College again in the near future.”