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O’Dowd opens new extension at St Patrick’s Primary School, Gortin

14 March, 2012 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has visited St Patrick’s Primary School, Gortin where he officially opened the new extension to the school.

During the visit the Minister also had the opportunity to meet with pupils, staff and representatives from the Board of Governors.

He said:

“It has been a pleasure to visit St Patrick’s Primary School, Gortin today. I was very impressed by the dedication of the staff and the enthusiasm of the children. In particular I welcome the opportunity to officially open their new extension and I hope that everyone at the school will benefit greatly from these new facilities.”

The Minister continued:

“As well as learning through the core curriculum, the children and young people at St Patrick’s are involved in a number of other extra-curricular activities, including sports, dance and music. The school also places a strong emphasis on the promotion of our Irish language, culture and literature as well as participating in the GAA strand of my Department’s Primary Sports Programme. I would encourage the pupils to continue to take part in these activities.

“I also believe that it is important for a school to have strong links with their local community so it was good to hear about the Townlands Project being worked on in partnership with the local Ageing Well group. I commend all those involved.”

Concluding, the Minister thanked the Principal and staff of the school for inviting him.

He said: “I have enjoyed my visit to St Patrick’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 and wish all the pupils every success in the future.”

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