New £6.3m St Clare’s Abbey Primary School officially opened in Newry

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Friday, March 11th, 2016
Education Minister John O’Dowd has officially opened the new £6.3million St Clare’s Abbey Primary School in Newry. stclares6The new build is an amalgamation of St Colman’s Abbey and St Clare’s Convent Primary School. It is a 15 class school with a single nursery and one moderate learning difficulty unit. Speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony Education Minister John O’Dowd said, “This is a fantastic day for the pupils, parents, staff and wider community in Newry. Through hard work and total dedication you have reached this momentous stage of gaining a brand new school. “This new accommodation will provide St Clare’s Abbey with a much needed, state of the art, new school for the current pupils and future generations. He continued, “The new build represents a significant investment of over £6million and brings us to this successful conclusion and I wish everyone associated with the school every success as you embark on a new chapter for St Clare’s Abbey.”
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LearnSpark1Welcoming the Minister to the school for the opening, Principal Michelle Monaghan said, “The community of St Clare’s Abbey is overjoyed with our amazing new school and it’s truly beautiful and unique setting. We are experiencing rural quietude in the heart of the city of Newry, how rare! “Our staff and pupils will relish every advantage that this state of the art 21st century building can bring. We are so appreciative of the efforts of all who helped bring this long standing project to fruition. Michelle added, “It is indeed true that ‘good things come to those who wait.’ Our 16 year wait has finally come to an end and we look forward to a long and happy tenure in our new environment.”
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