Killyleagh Integrated Primary School was delighted to welcome VIP guests to the official opening of the school’s nursery unit on Friday (12 January).
US Consul-General Dan Lawton and Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the IEF, were greeted by school Principal Jason Milligan, Nursery leader Hannah Cowan, and Chair of the Board of Governors, Jim Lindsay. Guests also included local councillors William Walker (DUP) and Terry Andrews (SDLP), Denise Morgan of NICIE (Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education), Donna O’Connor from the CSSC (Controlled Schools’ Support Council) and IEF board member David Cooke.
The children sang to the visitors and proudly showed them their smart accommodation in a specially refurbished area of the school. There are 26 part-time places in the nursery, which has been open to pupils since September 2017. Killyleagh Primary School became an officially integrated school in 2016 after a ballot of parents showed overwhelming support for the change.
After Baroness Blood and Jason Milligan cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the nursery, Jim Lindsay thanked the Department of Education on behalf of the school for funding and equipping the new facility. He also expressed appreciated to the IEF and NICIE for their continuing support of the school’s transformation to integrated status
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