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Thursday 05 December 2002

 
New Nursery School opened in Dromore
Pre-school children in Dromore and the surrounding area are to benefit from a new £400,000 nursery school, which was officially opened today, Friday 6 December 2002. The Southern Education and Library Board are delighted to celebrate the official opening of this state-of-the-art Nursery School.
Chairman of the SELB and school Board of Governors, Mrs Moira Alexander, formally opened the school, by planting a new tree in the grounds and unveiling a plaque to commemorate the event.
 

Mrs Alexander said, “I am absolutely delighted to see the official opening of this Nursery School in Dromore. The people of Dromore waited a long time for this day but it has certainly been worth waiting for. The young children who attend this school are very lucky to have such a pleasant learning environment, it is a wonderful facility. Mrs Sharon Beattie, the Principal, and her staff must be congratulated on the work they have put in to making the school a really exciting place in which all the children will thrive and be well prepared for Primary School.”

The new purpose-built Nursery School comprises two classrooms with associated quiet room areas furnished with the most up-to-date equipment. Facilities also include a meeting room for staff and parents and school meals accommodation. Secure external play areas have been provided with an integral covered play area and associated equipment store.

School Principal Sharon Beattie welcomed Mrs Alexander to the school to perform the official opening. A warm greeting was also extended to all visitors, including parents, staff, children, SELB representatives and members of the local community.

Mrs Beattie said that the new Nursery School was very much appreciated by the whole community. She added, " My vision for Dromore Nursery School is to develop a vibrant, stimulating and challenging environment for children, parents and staff. On a daily basis all the staff attempt to create a school community based on care, respect and equal opportunities for all. We encourage and promote a culture of tolerance and sharing across both traditions within Dromore. From the outset, cross community work and involvement have been an integral part of the provision offered here. We want to reach beyond the walls of this building and be involved in the community of Dromore at every opportunity.”

Mrs Beattie also expressed her sincere appreciation to the parents involved with the school, she said, “I believe that the parents of Dromore continue to provide an unsurpassed level of encouragement and support. I have been overwhelmed by their willingness to get involved and I hope that this never declines. Both mothers and fathers have grasped the ethos of the school, getting involved at every opportunity in trips, the Delta evening and school events. May I take this opportunity to publicly thank them and encourage them to continue their involvement in their children’s education as this makes such a vital difference to the school.”
The Nursery Unit caters for 78 pre-school children, with 52 part time and 26 full time places. The first intake of pupils into the Nursery School took place in January 2002.

Mrs Helen McClenaghan, Chief Executive, Southern Education and Library Board, referred to the quality of the finished building and paid tribute to the Southern Board’s Architectural and Property Department for the planning of the building and to the main contractor, John Sinton Ltd (Tandragee) as well as to the Mechanical Sub-contractors, Maurice Stevenson Ltd, Lurgan and Electrical Sub-contractor Norlect of Newry.

The new nursery school at Dromore is a successful outcome of the Southern Education and Library Board’s Pre School Education Expansion programme. This main objective of this programme is that a preschool education place is provided for every child whose parents want a place, in the child’s final year of pre-compulsory education.

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