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O’Dowd opens newly amalgamated Omagh primary school

Education Minister John ODowd has performed the official opening of Holy Family Primary School in Omagh.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The new co-educational school opened at the start of the current academic year following the amalgamation of Loreto Convent and St Colmcille’s Primary Schools. The Department has committed more than £400,000 to upgrade toilet blocks, windows and other areas as part of the amalgamation.

Speaking about his visit to the new school, the Minister said: “It is an honour for me to perform the official opening of the new Holy Family Primary School in Omagh. Both the previous single-sex schools had proud histories of delivering high quality education to girls and boys in the area. Now a new era begins, with improved facilities and real optimism as we look to the future.

“This amalgamation has created a more sustainable, stronger school that is even better equipped to cater for the needs of boys and girls, together.”

The Minister concluded: “I thank the Principal, Maura Dolan, and the chair of the Board of Governors Dr John Maginness for inviting me and I wish the pupils, parents, staff and everyone connected with the school all the very best as they embark upon an exciting new journey.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The new Holy Family PS is the result of a development proposal that was approved in 2006 to amalgamate Loreto Convent PS and St Colmcille’s PS.
  2. The Department of Education has launched a new ‘Education Works’ advertising campaign. The campaign encourages families to play, talk, read and count with their child and to ‘Get Involved Because Education Works’. Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect website for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.
  3. View photos from the Department of Education in our Flickr collection.
  4. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9207. Out of office hours, contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 99 715 440, and your call will be returned.