TEACHERS and staff of Knockloughrim Primary School have been praised for their “inspirational” work in providing excellent educational opportunities in the area for future generations.
The school last week held an official Celebration and Thanksgiving Assembly, which was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Londonderry, the Chief Executive of the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB), Shane McCurdy, and local dignitaries.
Mid Ulster UUP MLA, Sandra Overend, was also in attendance at the event, which marked the opening of a new extension and refurbishment to the school.
Speaking afterwards, Ms Overend said: “I was honoured to be invited to the Celebration and Thanksgiving Assembly for the refurbishing and extension of Knockloughrim Primary School. It was inspiring to see a school come together, with pupils, teachers, governors and friends, to celebrate the work that has been done to improve the school.
“With these improvements, the school has invested not only in the pupils who are at the school now, but in the futures of the pupils who will come to that school in years to come. The teachers have been given a high quality space and facilities to ensure that they can provide the best education possible to their students.”
She continued: “It is encouraging that the NEELB and the Department of Education has listened to the representations of Knockloughrim Primary School, its staff and the families who rely on the school, and saw fit to provide funding for them to make these much needed improvements.
“Two new classrooms and a new toilet facility have been built in a new mobile unit. These new facilities will provide space for teachers to offer their students a more unrestricted education.
“I hope that with these improvements the future of Knockloughrim Primary School is secure in the knowledge that they can provide the best education for the young people who attend there.”