Community

We are very proud of our community.  We strive to be a pivotal element in a range of community activites.  As well as acting as a venue for several events we are involved in:

THE BUSHMILLS EDUCATION PROJECT

The Bushmills Education Project is a project running in 2013-2014.The aim of the project is that parents, the community and other organisations work together to help children and young people in Bushmills have good support to help them learn.  This programme is being led by BREF (Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum)

One of the activities in the project is to write a ‘charter’ – the Bushmills Children and Young People’s Charter. It is a chance for pupils in the primary schools, Dunluce, the Den, youth organisations and other young people to say what they think is important about learning. Then the community will listen to what the young people say and plan what they can do to help.

 

 

BUSHMILLS HERITAGE

Our year 10 pupils tour the town as part of their art project called ‘Bushmills Heritage’.  This project began in 1992 after the village was designated the status of conservation town.  Indeed the headmaster at the time was  present at the ceremony held at the Bushmills distillery and pupils art work features in the publication ‘Bushmills, conservation town, produced by the DOE.

 

 

PRINCE’S TRUST

A new qualification accredited by The Prince’s Trust is ‘Personal  Development and Employability Skills’ has been introduced this year.  The aim of this qualification is to give young people the chance to work together to achieve goals relating to their education, training and future lives.  The following skills are developed:
 

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Confidence
  • Working with others
  • Communication
  • Taking responsibility
  • Resilience
  • Job search skills

These skills are developed through units of work including Team Work, Work Experience, Presentation Skills, Managing Money and Helping Others in the Community.
Most recently the group of pupils have visited the Bohill Care Home in Coleraine as part of their ‘helping others in the community’ project.  The pupils have assisted staff in the Care Home during activity mornings for the residents.   This  6 week venture has proved to be a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience for the pupils who have wholeheartedly embraced the challenge.

 

 

We also carry out fundraising for several local charites, and national charities with local involvement.

 

Cancer Fund for Children   Macmillan Cancer Support   RNLI   BBC Children in Need