A COLERAINE Primary School is celebrating being the first in the area to take part in an innovative programme.
Harpur’s Hill Primary School recently held a graduation ceremony for families that took part in the FAST programme.
A total of 26 families took part in the programme which is proven to help children achieve more in school an strengthen family relationships.
Parents, carers and children, aged between four and eight took part in the eight week initiative backed by Save the Children and endorsed by the United Nations.
Over the eight sessions parents learned to lead their children in activities like singing, family games and sitting down together to eat a family meal.
Parents were also supported in setting boundaries.
The aim was to provide a fun, relaxed space for families to experience a mix of play and learning.
FAST has enjoyed high success rates in improving family relations and links between school and the local community.
Harpur’s Hill David Radcliffe says that forging links between families and the school is a priority.
“We wanted to get more families into school and build those parental connections.
“With FAST we were able to do this and the response from parents has been very encouraging.”
The Principal says that they are already noticing the benefits with improved attendance and attainment amongst the children.