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1 December, 2008 - by Caitríona Ruane

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane today attended the official opening of Holy Cross College in Strabane.

Speaking at the opening, the Education Minister said:

"It is a great honour to be here at the opening of Holy Cross. This school should act as a beacon to the rest of the island as to what can be achieved when schools in an area come together for the benefit of all children.

"Holy Cross is the embodiment of my vision for education. It is an all ability school with academic bands where all pupils' needs are met on one campus.

"This is a wonderful school with state of the art equipment and facilities. In the future the children and young people from West Tyrone will be served by a school estate fit for the 21st century."

Speaking about the amalgamation, the minister said:

"This school demonstrates what can be achieved when three schools, instead of each competing for new buildings and facilities, come together. The school has been a long time in development and has had many difficulties placed in its way but it has finally arrived to serve the needs of the community.

"Congratulations to the Principals, the Trustees and the community whose vision and determination has made this project possible."

Note to Editors

  1. Holy Cross College is an amalgamation of St Colman's High School, Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School and Strabane Convent Grammar School.
  2. Holy Cross College is a co-educational school which can provide education provision for over 1,800 pupils from ages 11-18.
  3. The capital cost of Holy Cross College was £31.299million. The main Architect was Alan Shields of Robinson Patterson Architect and Design. The school was constructed by O'Hare McGovern Contractors.

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