AROUND 200 people gathered at Earlview Primary on Friday, May 10 for the official unveiling of the school’s £400,000 redevelopment project.
Among the guests at the New Mossley school were senior officials from the North Eastern Education and Library Board, staff and pupils from past and present, school governors and several local political representatives. Also in attendance was Mr John McQuillan, the school’s first principal.
The NEELB-funded project saw improvements made to the inside and outside of the school building, including work to upgrade the toilet facilities, corridors, reception area and offices. Extensive work was also carried out to improve the school grounds.
Former Earlview pupil Jade O’Neill, a budding fashion designer and finalist in last year’s Miss Ireland competition, was invited along to cut the ribbon to mark the official opening. She was joined by Mayor Victor Robinson and Rev Neil Cutcliffe, Chairman of the Board of Governors.
“At the ceremony, all of our 171 children sang and we had a balloon launch followed by a tour of the school and light refreshments. It was a great day and we are all very proud of our vibrant and growing school,” said principal Raymond Smyth.
“My thanks go to the NEELB and all the sub contractors for all the work and support throughout the development, and also the staff who had to move classrooms for long periods of time.”
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