Shimna Integrated College was founded in 1994, on the day of the first IRA ceasefire, which was closely followed by the first Loyalist ceasefire. Local parents founded Shimna in order to provide an Integrated, academically excellent, all-ability, child centred and parent friendly education for their children. Successive polls across Northern Ireland have shown that the vast majority of parents want an Integrated education for their children.
However, parents and students only want an Integrated education if it is also an excellent education. At Shimna we are rightly proud of the academic excellence our students have achieved since our opening in 1994. We can now look to generations of Shimna OldScholars for evidence of that success.
We also celebrate our success in educating our students for a society which, though more peaceful, is still faced with the challenges of finding new ways of working together, with the responsibility of building shared social and political structures and coming together to overcome enduring sectarianism and racism in our society. Education in Shimna Integrated College equips students with the academic and social foundation appropriate to the challenge. We are very proud of our students.
Kevin Lambe, Principal