Drumcree College goes global

Gerard McAtarsney of Translink is welcomed to the Drumcree College multicultural day by vice-principal Carmel McConville and the student council committee. INPT50-225.

Gerard McAtarsney of Translink is welcomed to the Drumcree College multicultural day by vice-principal Carmel McConville and the student council committee. INPT50-225.

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Drumcree College reverberated to the sounds and aromas of the nations of the European Union and the Orient at the recent multicultural day.

Pupils and teachers from primary schools in Portadown and neighbouring villages joined with staff and parents to celebrate diversity.

African drummer Wilson Magwere from Zimbabwe was very popular at the event. He is pictured with pupils, from left, Sara Azinhais, Adriano Goncalves and Martin Maughan. INPT50-224.

African drummer Wilson Magwere from Zimbabwe was very popular at the event. He is pictured with pupils, from left, Sara Azinhais, Adriano Goncalves and Martin Maughan. INPT50-224.

Visiting schools included Millington PS, Hart Memorial PS and Ballyoran PS.

During the festivities, visitors enjoyed music, dance and sampled an array of foods from around the world, while African drums blended with banjos and Bollywood sitars.

Education Minister John O’Dowd attended as well as Lord Mayor Darryn Causby and a selection of local councillors and invited dignitaries.

Principal Noella Murray said, “The outstanding success of the day was a product of the efforts of staff and pupils as well as those performers who give so generously of their time.”

Meanwhile, pupils from the Senior Learning Support Centre were at St George’s Market in Belfast recently, as part of the Young Enterprise initiative, selling their hand-made crafts at a festive fair.