Today’s Twinnings between Victoria Park and Our Lady’s Primary Schools this morning, and Holy Cross Girls’ and Wheatfield Primary Schools this afternoon, mark the first Twinnings of the term. The P7 classes that will come together today worked together last autumn as P6 classes, and, coincidentally, competed against each other in the first annual Super Twinnings Tournament in June. The Victoria Park/Our Lady’s Twinning emerged the champion of the tournament, but all of the students are eager and excited to reunite with their cross-community teams. In the first classroom session in each school, students from both Holy Cross Girls’ and Wheatfield shared that they’ve been keeping in touch with their teammates from the other school, even exchanging messages on Facebook in anticipation!
In addition to the two Twinnings that begin today, PPI-NI will host five more Twinnings in Belfast, two in Lurgan, and two in Antrim – 18 primary schools in total! Twinning participants in North Belfast will also be invited to participate in the junior Cross-Community League, which will commence in March, as well as a Cross-Community league for Antrim participants. The P7 Community Relations curriculum will revisit the topics of similarities and differences and will explore the topics of diversity; identity and symbols; stereotypes and prejudice; sectarianism and racism; and how sport can be promote diversity in a positive way. It will be a very busy term, but we’re all excited to get started!