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Education Minister visits St Colmcille’s Primary School, Downpatrick

23 February, 2012 - by John O'Dowd


Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has visited St Colmcille’s Primary School in Downpatrick.

During the visit the Minister met with pupils, staff and representatives from the Board of Governors where he heard about the educational and extra-curricular experiences in the school.

Speaking following the visit, the Minister said: “I welcome the opportunity to visit St Colmcille’s Primary School today. I was impressed by the dedication of the school staff, which is instrumental in providing a quality education for the children of the area. It was a pleasure to meet with some of the young people and have the opportunity to visit their classrooms during the course of their studies.”

The Minister continued: “As well as learning through the core curriculum, the children and young people at the school are involved in a number of other activities such as breakfast and homework clubs offered through the Extended Schools Programme and funded by my Department.”

The Minister also had the opportunity to view some of the sporting activities available at the school when the children demonstrated their sporting skills on the basketball court.

In conclusion the Minister said: “I have enjoyed my visit to St Colmcille’s Primary School today and I thank everyone involved for their welcome. I would also like to commend the Board of Governors, Principal, teachers and all the staff for their continuing hard work.”

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