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Minister O’Dowd visits BHS

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, today visited Belfast High School to view progress on the £3.785 million improvement project. He was welcomed by Head Girl, Ellen Anderson, Head Boy, Andrew Walker and Sports Ambassadors Jessica McMaster and Thomas Moore. Speaking following the visit the Minister said ‘This £3.785 million investment has provided new sporting facilities which will positively impact on pupils, teachers and school staff now and for generations to come.’ Mrs L Gormley (Principal) and Mrs C Weir (Acting Principal) said ‘At Belfast High School we are delighted to have our facilities greatly enhanced with this wonderful Sports Hall, Drama Studio, Fitness Suite and AstroTurf pitch. Pupils, staff and parents have been watching the building work progress with great anticipation and excitement. The last few years have been particularly difficult, managing with reduced and unsuitable accommodation. Many new opportunities will now be available for our pupils because of these state of the art 21st century facilities.’ Concluding, the Minster thanked Mrs Gormley and Mrs Weir for inviting him to visit. He said ‘I always enjoy visiting schools, especially when I have the opportunity to view investment projects that will positively impact on the entire school community. I thank everyone involved with this project for their hard work and commitment in taking it forward and I wish everyone well for the future.’

Photo (l to r) Ellen Anderson (Head Girl), Andrew Walker (Head Boy), Mr T Devlin (McAleer & Teague Ltd), Mr M Rainey (Head of PE), Mrs L Gormley (Principal), Minister O’Dowd, Mrs C Weir (Acting Principal), Mr B Roden (Chairman, Board of Governors), Mrs M McCaughey (School Bursar), Thomas Moore (Sports Ambassador), Jessica McMaster (Sports Ambassador)