Pupils and staff from St Teresa’s Primary School were joined by the Minister of Education, John O’Dowd and other special guests to mark the official opening of the new building at Tarry Lane.
The new school has replaced the previous building which has been in existence for over 55 years, and it was constructed on a phased basis to minimize disruption for the pupils.
Speaking after the ceremony, Principal Anne Doran said,
“This is a wonderful day for the children, staff, parents, and entire school community in St Teresa’s as we see our dream of a new school become a reality. We are delighted to have a spacious, airy, bright, state of the art school building on Tarry Lane worthy of the school’s fundamental goal to help each child grow and reach his or her full potential.
“While our school and its staff have always striven to provide the highest educational standards and a solid foundation for all children in our care, we now have a building worthy of this task. It has taken over twenty years, but when you walk around all the classrooms along a single corridor and talk to children using the latest clever touch educational technology, I can wholeheartedly say it has been worth it.
“On behalf of the pupils, staff, governors and the entire St Teresa’s community I thank the planning and design teams, the architect, the project manager, the contractor and in particular, the Minister of Education, Mr John O’Dowd, the Department of Education and CCMS for their work and support in building our new school.”
Jim Clarke, Chief Executive for the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) said,
“This is a flagship development for the area. This community has waited many years for this new school and their patience has been rewarded with an outstanding new building that will serve, not only the needs of the pupils but will also benefit the wider community in Lurgan.
“However, as much as we welcome capital investment such as this, it is only one contributor to the education provision of pupils. We must work together to ensure that all our primary school pupils have access to the attitudes and behaviours and the knowledge and skills to secure high quality employment and thereby to contribute to the future of our society.
“I would like to pay tribute to the principal, trustees, governors, staff, parents and all those who have worked so hard in the realisation of a new St Teresa’s.”
The school also paid tribute to the professionals involved in the project including Glassgiven Contracts, Arcadis the project manager and the integrated design team.