O’Dowd congratulates St Joseph’s Convent Primary School on the opening of their new £8m school

Date published: 16 March 2016

Education Minister John O’Dowd has sent his congratulations to St Joseph’s Convent Primary School in Newry on the opening of their new £8million school.

John O'Dowd MLA

Speaking today the Minister said:

“I originally announced the capital investment for St Joseph’s Convent Primary School in June 2012 and I am delighted that the new £8million accommodation has been officially opened today. Such investment provides a tangible difference to the pupils and staff of any school.”

The new build provides a 14-class base school, double nursery and two classrooms for pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

The Minister continued:

“Improving the schools estate has been a priority for me and I have always lobbied hard to get a better deal in terms of capital investment. I am delighted that during my time as Minister I have been able to advance 56 major school projects to proceed in planning representing over £500m investment and 51 School Enhancement Projects with an estimated value of £134m. In addition, yesterday I announced a further £40m capital investment that will enable 10 primary school projects to advance in planning.

“Such investment has a positive impact on the entire school community and will continue to do so for many generations to come.”

The Minister concluded by thanking Principal Doreen O’Neill and the Board of Governors. He said:

“I commend all those connected with the school for dedication to delivering this project and I wish everyone well for the future.”

Principal O’Neill said:

“On behalf of the board of governors, staff and pupils I feel great pride and joy in welcoming everyone to school today to celebrate the historic occasion of the official opening of the new St. Joseph’s Convent Primary School.

“We are delighted to have moved into the new building and the new Nursery unit. The new school will enable high quality teaching and learning to continue for many generations to come.”

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