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Education Minister visits County Tyrone schools

29 February, 2012 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, today visited Sperrinview Special School in Dungannon and Roan St Patrick’s Primary School in nearby Eglish.

During his visit to Sperrinview Special School the Minister was given a tour of the facilities and had the opportunity to meet with staff and pupils. He said: “I have been fortunate to visit a number of our special schools and I am very much aware of the outstanding job they do in working with and nurturing children and young people in our society who have complex additional needs. The excellent work being carried out by the dedicated team of teachers and other staff at Sperrinview is yet another example of this.

“This purpose-built school is well equipped, providing not only an educational environment for the children, but also a nurturing one. Their wonderful facilities include a sensory garden, specialised play areas and several specialised rooms including one for each of the therapists; speech and language, occupational and physiotherapist.”

The Minister continued: “In addition to the facilities at Sperrinview, the school has a strong environmental ethos. The hard efforts of the eco-committee make Sperrinview one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the north. This hard work was recognised last year when the school was awarded ‘Green Flag’ status for its contribution to the eco schools programme. I congratulate all those involved.”

Following his visit to Sperrinview the Minister then visited Roan St Patrick’s Primary School in Eglish where he officially opened a new playground and planted a tree within the area. He said: “I welcome the opportunity to officially open this new play area and to meet with staff and pupils of the school. I commend the parent support group for their fundraising efforts which have made the new play area possible and I hope the children enjoy using it.”

Continuing the Minister said: “The school prides itself on providing a wealth of experiences for the children, ranging from academic to sporting and I understand that congratulations are due to the P7 girls on reaching the Tyrone indoor camogie finals earlier this month. Well done to those involved!”

In conclusion the Minister said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to both Sperrinview and Roan St Patrick’s and would like to thank all those involved for their warm welcome.”

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