O’Dowd kicks off work on new build for St Joseph’s Convent Primary School, Newry

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Friday, December 6th, 2013

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has cut the first sod to mark the start of building work on new facilities for St Joseph’s Convent Primary School, Newry.

Minister O’Dowd

Construction of new 14 class-base premises for the school is now under way, representing an investment of over £6million.

Speaking during his visit to the school, the Minister said, “St Joseph’s has been part of the educational fabric of Newry in one form or another for over 150 years.

“During this time it has adapted to the changing needs of the local community and now, with a new building to come, the school can look forward to an exciting new era.

“The new facilities will deliver a modern, progressive learning environment for the school’s 400-plus children – a multi-purpose hall, library and reading areas, shared spaces, play areas, all in a bright, open, contemporary style.”

The Minister added, “St Joseph’s can now look ahead with real optimism. I wish the Principal, staff, governors, parents and everyone in the school community the very best during what will be an exciting but busy period ahead as they prepare for their new school building.”

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