Links with our Local Community
At Bangor Central Integrated Primary School we are very lucky to have access to lots of fantastic local resources - places, organisations and people! Below you can find out some more information about our community links.
We are very fortunate to have access to the knowledge and skills of the RSPB's local Education Development Officer, Karen Shiel. She has worked with children throughout our school, introducing them to the nature and wildlife in Castle Park, Ballyholme Rockpools, Bangor's Walled Garden and even our own school grounds! Karen organised the creation of our very special willow sculpture - Spike the hedgehog.
Our Year 3 children visit ASDA as part of their 'Cool Food' topic. They find out more about the journey of food from farm to table and children have the opportunity to bake their own cookies, taste pizza and even have a go at working on the check out! ASDA are always a very generous supporter of our school and provide fruit and water for our annual Sports Skills Days.
Bangor Academy allow our Netball Team to train in their Sports Hall and provide a venue for our North Down Netball League matches. The school is a Confucius Hub and we are fortunate to gain expertise from their Chinese teachers in sharing their art, music, language and cultural skills and experiences with our children. Bangor Academy's Sixth Form students run a 'Staying Healthy' programme which our Year 2 children take part in to develop their learning in their 'All About Me' topic.
We are so fortunate to have volunteers from the Time to Read project to come into school and read on a one-to-one basis with some of our children. This supports children's reading progress, develops their self-esteem and also gives them an insight into the world of work! We are very grateful to all of our Time to Read volunteers.
The PSNI provide police officers to talk to our children about a wide range of issues, from firework safety to stranger danger. They enhance the learning of our Year 2 children in their 'People Who Help Us' topic by sharing the equipment they need to do their job and even allowing the children to sit in a police van!
First Bangor allow us as a school to rehearse and perform our annual Nativity and Carol Service. Our choir attend and lead many services linked with church groups or extended into the community. Rev. Marisine Stanfield comes to talk to our children during Assembly.
U-Hub provided our school with a counselling service, offering a range of talking therapies, mindfulness and wellbeing activities for our children. The aim of this was to support children returning to school after lockdown.
The Fire Service has developed a programme called 'Safety Team' which is designed to teach Year 5 children the dangers of fire and how to make their homes safer.