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Education Minister visits Derrylatinee St Francis’ Primary School, Dungannon

15 September, 2011 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister John O’Dowd was guest of honour at the annual ‘Hopes and Dreams’ Assembly at Derrylatinee St Francis’ Primary School, Dungannon.

The Assembly provided both pupils and school staff the opportunity to set out their hopes for the school year ahead. The Minister said: “It is a privilege to be invited to the annual ‘Hopes and Dreams’ Assembly at Derrylatinee St Francis’ Primary School. Knowing what you want to achieve is the first step to success, so taking time out at the start of the school year to set specific targets is a great idea. I am sure that your teachers, parents and guardians will work with you throughout the year to help make your hopes and dreams a reality.”

The Minister also commended the school on their most recent inspection by the Education and Training Inspectorate in which the quality of education provided was found to be outstanding. He said: “The school was awarded an ‘outstanding’ report in the last inspection and that is something you can all be very proud of.

“A top priority for me as Education Minister is raising standards. My Department’s school improvement policy, 'Every School a Good School', aims to promote equality and the raising of standards for all our young people. Schools like Derrylatinee which have been evaluated by the Education and Training Inspectorate as outstanding have clearly demonstrated that they put the needs of the young person first. They demonstrate effective leadership and support every child to fulfil their potential.

“Shortly after becoming Education Minister I was honoured to host a reception in Stormont for schools awarded an outstanding or very good inspection report in the past year. I previously met school principal, Mary McNiece at that reception and I welcome this opportunity to visit the school and see for myself the excellent quality of education being provided.”

The Minister concluded: “The success of Derrylatinee St Francis’ Primary School owes much to the hard work and commitment of everyone connected to the school – parents, governors and all the staff, both teaching and non-teaching. I encourage everyone involved with the school to keep up the good work.”

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