The award was presented by Joanne Stuart, from the Science Park and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics strategy). Noelle Buick, the Chief Inspector of the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI), was among the speakers.
The children from Enniskillen Integrated Primary School entertained those present by singing and sharing what their school means to them. A choir from Millennium Integrated Primary School opened the ceremony.
"The Excellence in Integrated Education Award provides a self-evaluation tool for schools which wish to explore, in a more meaningful fashion, how integration informs ethos, management, governance and learning and teaching within the school," explained a representative, who added: "It is based on the four core principles of integration, namely: equality, faith and values, parental involvement and social responsibility, and provides schools with a structure through which a comprehensive school-wide review can take place."
NICIE believes that the Excellence in Integrated Education Award scheme contributes to school improvement through strengthening ethos and that furthermore it complements the current Department of Education initiative of 'Every school a good school - a policy for school improvement'. This is the third year of the Awards, which have been going from strength to strength.