by MARY MAGEE
Board of Governors staff and
pupils of Ballymacrickett Primary School with parish
priest Fr Luke McWilliams, principal Daniel
Mulholland and former principal Maureen Loughan, at
the cutting of the first sod ceremony.
WORK has begun at the new state of the art
primary school at Ballymacrickett in Glenavy.
The school's new principal Daniel Mulholland,
along with former principal Maureen Loughan who retired in the
summer, were at the cutting of the first sod ceremony.
Also at the historic event at the Scroggy
Road site were parish priest of Glenavy and Killead Fr Luke
McWilliams, members of the Board of Governors and pupils of the
Ballymacrickett Primary first opened its doors
70 years ago in 1937 with an extension built in 1968. As housing
developments rose in the Glenavy area so too has the enrolment
of the school which now stands at 255. But they are accommodated
in just six classrooms and five mobiles.
The new school, being built at land adjacent
to the current site, includes 14 classrooms with a separate
gymnasium, dining area, library and medical room. Work is
expected to be completed next October.
The building of the new school was announced
by the then minister Barry Gardiner as part of a huge £222m
building programme for Northern Ireland a few years ago.