Sod cutting marks £19.6 new build for St Joseph’s High School Crossmaglen

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Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Education Minister Peter Weir has attended a sod-cutting ceremony to mark a new school build for St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen.

 

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The project represents an investment of £19.6 million by the Department of Education.

Speaking at the event the Minister said, “I welcome this £19.6m investment which represents a significant milestone for St Joseph’s High School.

 

 

Much-needed education benefits


“Once completed, this new school will provide much-needed education benefits for pupils, staff, teachers, parents and for the wider community.”

The construction project will see the completion of a new school building, sports facilities, car parking, and bus set down areas.

 

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The Minister continued, “Ongoing investment in our schools estate is essential if we are to continue to provide a high-quality education for all our young people.

“As well as the investment in our schools’ estate, it also helps the local economy and secures construction jobs.

“Schools are very much the hub of any community and this major investment will create many positive outcomes.”

 

 

New chapter for St Joseph’s, Crossmaglen


Acknowledging the work of the school and its stakeholders in bringing the project to this stage the Minister added, “I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and commitment in getting this project to this stage.

“I wish you every success as you embark on this new chapter for your school.

“I look forward to returning, in the not too distant future, to see the new school building standing on this site.”

 

 

“Great day” for Crossmaglen


SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty welcomed the official commencement of works.

The Newry and Armagh MLA commented, “This is a great day for Crossmaglen and the wider community of South Armagh.

“This project was first announced in 2014 and at long last, the works have commenced.

“It is a long time since 2004 when the then Principal and Board of Governors first called for a new school.

“I welcome this £19.6m investment which represents a significant milestone for St Joseph’s High School.

 

 

“Increased educational” experience for Crossmaglen students


“Once the school is completed, it will provide a deservedly increased educational experience for pupils and will also have wider benefits for teachers, parents and for the whole community.”

He continued, “Major credit must go to Principal Maria Millar and to her predecessors who have so passionately and tirelessly pursued a new school for so many years together with their fiercely determined Board of Governors.

“It was fitting that at today’s event Ms Millar gave a special mention to Geraldine Donnelly RIP who fought so hard over so many years to help bring this day.

 

 

Investment in school infrastructure “critical to the future of the education system”


“Aside from the positive benefits for education, this will provide a boost for the local economy of South Armagh and the construction industry, which has struggled throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued.

“Investment in school infrastructure is critical to the future of the education system.

“I intend to make the case to Minister Weir for the many deserving schools across Newry and Armagh.

“Above all, it’s a very happy day for the young people of Crossmaglen and South Armagh.”

McNulty added, “I congratulate every person who played their part in bringing this important day to fruition.”

 

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