St Joseph’s Convent Primary School, Newry opens new £8m school

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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. new schoolSpeaking to Newry Times, 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. “Such investment provides a tangible difference to the pupils and staff of any school,” he said. 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 £500million investment and 51 School Enhancement Projects with an estimated value of £134million. “Such investment has a positive impact on the entire school community and will continue to do so for many generations to come.”
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LearnSpark1The Minister concluded by thanking Principal Doreen O’Neill and the Board of Governors. “I commend all those connected with the school for dedication to delivering this project and I wish everyone well for the future.” A delighted 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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2 Comments for “St Joseph’s Convent Primary School, Newry opens new £8m school”

  1. Christina Flynn

    Shame there was nothing put in place for easier access for parents to pick up and drop off their kids, staff have a lovely big car park close to the school where parents are not allowed access to, Catherine Street and Edward Street are chockerblock with parents trying to get their kids in as close as possible and out of the bad weather, then pick up times standing in the rain and wind waiting for their kids to come out in the wide open with no shelter and it’s not like the they can wait in the warmth of their cars which are basically in monaghan street, nothing has been done to assist the parents even though the parents have all been quite supportive and even helped with raising money at times too, where is the thanks and support for parents whose children go to this school and generations of families that have gone to this school since 50years plus…..Also access provided to staff only from Canal Street and not to parents even though this would clearly help a lot of parents…..

  2. I can not believe this building cost 8 million,where the old school was why could there not be a car park there for the parents to collet there kids safely,the size of the teachers car park is a joke.would like to see them park there cars as far away as the parents do and see how long that would last before use would do something about it for yourselves.

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