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Whitehouse Primary School, 2 Doagh Rd, Newtownabbey

A Catalyst of Change

‘The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.’ - Edward Teller

The study of science is associated with optimism, progress and the future.  Our pupils and parents are invested in the possibilities and opportunities of tomorrow.   As a partnership we wish to use the medium of S.T.E.M. teaching to engage our school communities in Shared Education.  Teller viewed science as a facilitator of change.  Today’s theory becomes tomorrow’s technology.  Likewise, we believe, that our Shared Education of today will be the social change of the future.

Both schools are excited by the potential of S.T.E.M. to create motivated learners, boost literacy and numeracy scores and give pupils the skills to succeed in the 21st Century.  We are, however, also invested in the need to make our school communities places of respect, reconciliation and role models of peace.  This project, while using S.T.E.M. as a medium, is very much focused on social transformation.  We are convinced, however, that the power of the S.T.E.M. ‘platform’ will allow us to engage our whole community. 

Why is S.T.E.M. such a powerful catalyst?

  • It motivates and interests pupils
  • Parents value its teaching and the learning it provides
  • Great opportunities for fun group activities amongst pupils and their parents
  • Families will engage in S.T.E.M. activities with enthusiasm (especially dads.)
  • Science and engineering provide great metaphors e.g. building bridges, experiments, research, observation and forming new ideas

How will a ‘Catalyst of Change Project' work?


Our Vision

By June 2018 all the following global targets will be achieved:

  • The school will move from the ‘develop’ stage to the ‘expanding’ stage by June 2018.
  • The attendance levels of both schools will increase by 1% by June 2018.
  • The average standardised numeracy scores will increase by a minimum of 3 points for all pupils participating in the project.  
  • The implementation of its All K.S.2 pupils will be engaged in weekly S.T.E.M. workshops.
  • Three years of nursery pupils will have engaged in outdoor learning.
  • A minimum of 30 parents from both schools will be trained as outdoor and shared education mentors.
  • Both schools will have achieved Rights Respecting School Award Level 1