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Broadening Horizons Event

Broadening Horizons: A Window to the Future

Location: Armagh City Hotel

Supported by the five Area Learning Communities of the Southern Education and Library Boards


The Broadening Horizons Interactive Careers Event was organised by representative teachers from the Special and Mainstream schools and Officers from the Southern Education and Library Board for the benefit of young people from 14 years of age who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs, their parents and school staff.  First launched in 2003 Broadening Horizons has now grown in size and, again, this year was held in the Armagh City Hotel covering the themes of Working, Learning, Living and Relaxing.

Over 900 young people, their teachers and parents attended the event which featured sports, dance, cookery demonstrations, a mobile farm and an expensive car on show. Approximately fifty employers, education and support organisations provided information stands and interactive activities.

The event was opened by Johnathan Lyness currently a senior pupil at Ceara School, Lurgan and a member of Ski-Ability NI based in Craigavon.  Jonathon came home with two Alpine Skiing gold medals from the 2012 Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games held in Kilternan, Co Dublin.  Music and song was provided by the pupils and music staff of Lisanally Special School and St Catherine’s College, Armagh.

Ruth Walker, chair of the organising committee, said the occasion was, “An outstanding success.  The event allowed young people an opportunity to experience the vocational diversity of the world of work.”  Ruth went on to thank, on behalf of the schools, all those who had given their time to organise, contribute to and attend the Broadening Horizons event.


The Southern Education and Library Board (the ‘Board’) was established as part of Local Government reorganisation in 1973 and is the largest of the five area Boards. The Board's principle functions are the provision of education and youth services to the District Council areas of Armagh, Banbridge, Cookstown, Craigavon, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Newry & Mourne. It spans 1,450 square miles with a total population of approximately 390,300 including 75,767 pupils.


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