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Delight as first sod is cut for new school

Ballinderry Primary School Pupils Rachel Logan, Rebecca Hendron, Paul Wilson and Adam Black pictured with Lisburn Mayor James Tinsley, Stanton Sloan Chief Executive of the SEELB, Principal of Ballinderry PS Ian Thompson and Noel McKee Chairman of Ballinderry PS Board of Governers cutting the sod at the site of Ballinderry Primary School's new site. Also pictured are members of Lisburn Council. US2208-116A0 picture By; Aidan O'Reilly

PARENTS and pupils in the Ballinderry area have had plenty of reason to celebrate this week as work began on the new 2.6 millions nursery/primary school and multiuse games area in the village.

Lisburn Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley, who was ably assisted by Year One pupils Paul Wilson, Rachel Logan, Adam Black and Rebecca Hendron was on hand to cut the first sod at the site.

The new building which is expected to be completed by August 2009 will include nine classrooms and associated work and play areas with a separate building for the nursery.

The school was also successful in its bid to obtain funding for a games area from the Big Lottery Sports Fund.

This will be surrounded by a safety fence with floodlighting for evening use.

School Principal Mr. Ian Thomson said the project marked the end of the long journey to ensure the children of Ballinderry could learn together in a suitable building. Mr Thomson commented: "The whole package will deliver great benefits to our area and we are both grateful and delighted that our dream of a new school will become a reality in our village in the very near future."

Councillor Thomas Beckett added, "I commend the Chairman and Board of Governors for their perseverance. We will now start to see their efforts being rewarded with the new school."

Parents wishing to send their children to Ballinderry Primary should contact the school.

stacey.heaney@jpress.co.uk

Ballinderry PS pupils Rachel Logan, Rebecca Hendron, Paul Wilson and Adam Black with Lisburn Mayor James Tinsley, Stanton Sloan Chief Executive of the SEELB, Principal Ian Thompson and Noel McKee Chairman of the Board of Governors cutting the sod at the site of the new school. US2208-115A0

Ballinderry PS pupils Rachel Logan, Rebecca Hendron, Paul Wilson and Adam Black with Lisburn Mayor James Tinsley, Stanton Sloan Chief Executive of the SEELB, Principal Ian Thompson and Noel McKee Chairman of the Board of Governors cutting the sod at the site of the new school. US2208-115A0

Principal thanks those who helped

PRINCIPAL Mr. Ian Thomson was full of praise for those who had helped bring the new school about.

The new building was designed by SEELB Architects Stephen Connolly and Paul Connolly and the school was successful in its bid for funding for a games area from the Big Lottery Sports Fund. This was supported by Jim Rose and Adrian Barron from Lisburn Council.

Mr Thomson thanked the Property Services team led by Mr. Tom Walsh, the Architects and their consultants

He said it marked the end of the long journey started in the time of Mr. John Dudgeon (former Chair) and fellow governors, who fought long and hard to see that the children of Ballinderry would learn together in a suitable building. The drive continued with Noel McKee and present governors aided by Jeffrey Donaldson and Thomas Beckett. "Council members Cecil Calvert, Jim Dillon and Peter O'Hagan also helped support us in the provision of these excellent new premises" Mr Thomson said.

Ulster Star
06/06/2008