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Education Minister discusses needs of school building during visit to Kirkinriola PS


Education Minister Michelle McIlveen made a visit to Kirkinriola Primary School, on Thursday (3 March), where she heard of the accommodation needs of the small but vibrant and progressive school in the countryside north of Ballymena.

Established in 1929, the school is still going strong almost 100 years later, and has established itself at the heart of the rural community.



The Minister had the opportunity to tour the current facilities with interim Principal Mrs Eileen McCaffrey and Chair of the Board of Governors Mr Paul McBurney, when she witnessed firsthand the conducive learning environment that has been developed, alongside the early years provision in the school.



A spokesperson for Kirkinriola Primary School commented:

“Mrs McIlveen met the pupils, teaching staff, support staff, PTA members and a parent representative to hear their views around the accommodation needs at the school.


“Before the Ministers’ departure, pupils then presented the Minister with a beautiful butterfly garden, a bug hotel and a thank you card made by the pupils, to show their gratitude to the Minister for taking time out of her busy schedule to come and visit our amazing school.


“Also a word of thanks goes to Ballymena Mayor Councillor McCaughey and the local MP's for their attendance during the Education Minister's visit.”







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