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St John the Baptist College to celebrate world cultures

Pupils at St John the Baptist College. Picture Matt Bohill.

JAPANESE origami, Chinese dance and Polish paper craft are all to be showcased as part of a school's celebration of cultures.

St John the Baptist College in Portadown, the north's newest Catholic secondary school, is this week hosting a multi-cultural day of celebration.

The cross community event will also showcase Portuguese art and school performers showcasing music, dance and food from around the world.

St John the Baptist College is a new-model, non-selective school. It educates children from ages 11 to 14 only at present. After that they will transfer to schools in Craigavon, Lurgan or Armagh for GCSEs and A-levels.

While this appears similar to the Dickson Plan, in which Catholic schools are no longer involved, it will remain free from academic selection. It is operating on the site of the former Drumcree College.

Enrolments have spiralled already at the new school - the numbers of Year 8 pupils in St John the Baptist are close to 80, up from 28 at the old school.

Neighbouring primary schools will attend the celebrations on Thursday. They include St John the Baptist PS, St Mary's Maghery, Portadown Integrated, Presentation Primary and Clounagh Junior High School.

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