Scoil San Nioclas, primary school, Stabannon, officially opened a new extension to the school last week with local MEP Mairead McGuinness officiating.
She performed the ceremony in beautiful sunshine at the school, where a number of flags of achievement were raised, including a Green Flag, a Health Promotion Flag and an Active School Flag.
“At a time when things are still difficult economically,” the MEP said, “it is great to see that we are investing in education to ensure that the pupils of today and those who will follow will have every opportunity to achieve their potential.”
“Realising your potential is not just about buildings. It is also about the commitment and drive of those responsible for bringing this event to fruition.
“It is gratifying to see so much that is positive and inspiring happening in the school and everyone associated with it, the pupils, teachers and parents.
“You deserve great credit for your efforts that have culminated in this celebration.”
However, she said it was also a sad day with the recent and sudden loss of parish priest, Fr Traynor, whose family was represented at the opening.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled in memory of the late Fr Traynor’s deep commitment to the school community.
GAA ambassador Darren Clarke raised the Active Flag.
Also in attendance were Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, Senator Mary Moran, and Fr Brendan Cooney Adm.
This was a wonderful and very proud day for this great school which has achived to much over the years.
A day all could be proud of.