IQ Branch News

Loughries Integrated Primary School had a blast in Ballystockart Quarry

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 21, 2020 12:15:00 PM / by IQ News Update

IQ News Update

Primary 3 and 4 pupils from Loughries Integrated Primary School visited Ballystockart Quarry on Friday 24th January. 

WhiteMountain visit

Students were introduced to Quarrying and were shown a video about the extraction process. The children then took a guided tour of the quarry and had a chance to meet the team onsite and ask questions and get their photos taken with plant machinery. 

During the visit, the children learned about the different species of wildlife who make their home within quarries.  They also had the opportunity to learn about sustainability initiatives which Whitemountain are currently involved with, including tree planting and Sand Martin conservation. 

Finally, students learned about how dangerous quarries can be and why it is not a safe place for children to play. 

Pat O’Connor, Quarry Manager stated “We were delighted to host the children and teachers from Loughries Integrated Primary School at Ballystockart Quarry. It’s fantastic to get the opportunity to educate local children about operations within our Company and open their minds to an industry which is so intrinsically linked to every aspect of their lives, with materials from Quarries used to build, homes, schools and roads.”


Clare Bowers teacher at Loughries Integrated Primary School stated “P3/4 from Loughries Integrated Primary School were so excited to have the opportunity to visit our local quarry. We had just finished our Houses and Homes topic and our visit to Ballystockart Quarry provided the children with more of an insight into how we can extract building materials from the ground. They were very excited to share everything they had discovered with the other classes when they returned to school and we are all looking forward to our next visit!”


Topics: Northern Ireland Branch, Engagement Influence and Impact, IQ Community

IQ News Update

Written by IQ News Update

IQ News Updates are provided on all aspects of IQ news, events, updates and industry news

Subscribe for News Updates

Derbyshire Branch

Patrick Bowles MIQ

Vice Chairman
Phil Shimwell MIQ

John Hattersley MIQ

Devon and Cornwall Branch

Brian Wiltshire

Vice Chair
James Tupman

Branch Secretary
Penny Brodie

Lancashire Branch

Thor Atkinson

Vice Chairman
Thomas O'Boyle

Dean Holmes

London and the Homes Counties Branch

Will Taylor MIQ

Deputy Chairman 

Hon. Secretary 
Mary Carter FIQ

Midlands Branch

For any queries about the Midlands branch please contact the IQ office on 0115 972 9995 or

North of England Branch

Hazen Bowskill MIQ

Vice Chairman
Mike Young FIQ

Susan Arnott TMIQ

North Wales Branch

Mark Jones TMIQ

Vice Chairman
Adam Daniels MIQ

Branch Secretary
Dan Green TMIQ

Northern Ireland Branch

John Moore MIQ

Vice Chairman
Patrick O'Connor Associate

Pierce Kirwan Associate

Scottish Branch

Harry Cant FIQ

Vice Chairperson
Michelle Latimer MIQ

Ian Christie FIQ

South Wales Branch

Daniel Morgan MIQ

Vice Chairman
Richard Harris MIQ

Brett Morris

West of England Branch

Steve Davies

Hon. Secretary
Rod Noble

West Midlands Branch

For any queries about the West Midlands branch please contact the IQ office on 0115 972 9995 or

Yorkshire Branch

Carl Rowley MIQ

Vice Chairman
Simon Broad MIQ

Branch Secretary
Kevin Parker FIQ

Recent Posts