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Exciting times as he new school welcomes its first pupils

Children from Ballymacrickett arrive for the first classes in their new state-of-the-art school. US4708-586cd

Children from Ballymacrickett arrive for the first classes in their new state-of-the-art school. US4708-586cd

THERE were cheers of joy from the 285 pupils of Ballymacrickett Primary in Glenavy as they moved into their new school last Thursday.

The new 3.5m school at Scroggy Road is a state-of-the-art building that boasts a library and assembly hall.

The 2000 square metre school includes 14 classrooms, a medical room, multi purpose hall and canteen, as well as a one room nursery. The go ahead for the new school was announced by the then education minister Barry Gardiner in 2002.

It was needed because of the increase in housing developments in the village which was forcing the school to. use mobiles to accommodate all the new pupils.

Principal Danny Mulholland described the move to the new school as an exciting time for the staff, community and pupils.

Mr Mulholland said: As excited as we are in moving into the new facility we are also sad to be closing the doors of another school which has been a big part of so many people's lives."

It is still unclear what will happen to the old school but it is believed that the building and site will be transferred to the Department of Education to help recover the cost of the new school.

It is hoped the local community group will then be able to make a successful bid for the school. In the meantime a Deed of Surrender and an agreed valuation are currently being obtained by the Trustees.

The entrance to the new Ballymacrickett Primary School. US4708-588cd After a final gathering at the old Ballymacrickett Primary School, children leave for the last time to walk the short distance to their new multi-million pound state-of-the-art school, near Glenavy. US4708-579cd

The entrance to the new Ballymacrickett Primary School. US4708-588cd

After a final gathering at the old Ballymacrickett Primary School, children leave for the last time to walk the short distance to their new multi-million pound state-of-the-art school, near Glenavy. US4708-579cd

mary.magee@jpress.co.uk

Ulster Star
12/05/2008