Derry Schools raise their ‘cap’ to Willie Anderson

Published: 3rd Mar, 2023

Lisnagelvin Primary School and St. John’s Primary School have enjoyed a 12-year partnership in Shared Education.  During this period, staff and children have participated in a wide range of curricular and social activities focused on inclusion and respect for diversity.

This year, our Primary 7 children studied and learned the sporting games of gaelic, rugby, camogie, and hockey together.  Engagement in these sporting disciplines provided a fabulous foundation on which to build positive relationships and explore cultural identity.

On Thursday 2nd March 2023, Willie Anderson former Ireland international rugby player visited Lisnagelvin Primary School and St. John’s Primary School to tell the children his life story, lessons learned, and powerful messages about mutual respect and understanding, friendship and loyalty.

Mr Anderson captivated the young audience with his authenticity and fun-loving presentation.  The children were doubly excited when they found out that Mr Anderson’s son Jonathan designed the outfit worn by Rhianna at the recent Super Bowl performance!

A great day was had by all and Mr Anderson was hugely impressed and overwhelmed as the sound of the children’s voices filled both schools with renditions of ‘Ireland’s Call.’

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