Education Minister visits Castle Tower Special School, Ballymena
Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has visited Castle Tower Special School in Ballymena.
During his visit the Minister had the opportunity to meet pupils, teachers and school staff as well as a number of parents. He was also treated to a special performance from the school choir.
He said: "I am well aware that our special schools are doing an outstanding job working with and nurturing children and young people in our society who have complex additional needs. It has been a pleasure to visit Castle Tower Special School today and see for myself the excellent work being carried out here. It is clear that the pupils are very happy at the school."
The Minister continued: "As well as the high quality of education provided, the children and young people at the school are involved in a number of other activities. These include a range of services offered through the Extended Schools Programme, which is funded by my Department.
"These schemes include a breakfast club which has been put in place as part of the school’s wider effort to promote health awareness as well as a lunchtime fitness club which encourages pupils to participate in physical activities. Other services include an aromatherapy club which provides therapeutic benefits such as relaxation and stress reduction, and a family support service which aims to help families engage fully in the education of their children. I would like to congratulate all those involved in these very worthwhile schemes."
In conclusion the Minister said: "There is no doubt that the school makes a real difference to the lives of so many children and young people and also their families and I would like to commend the Board of Governors, Principal, teachers and all the staff for their continuing hard work."