The £800,000 extension to Maine Integrated Primary School, Randalstown was officially opened on Friday November 20th by Danny Kinahan MP and Baroness May Blood. This investment project has provided additional classrooms, play areas, sports facilities and a school hall for the 135 children attending the school and playgroup.
The funding for the new development was provided by the Department of Education as part of their £110m investment in the schools estate in Northern Ireland. Maine Integrated Primary School was the first of the 34 projects under the scheme to be completed.
Speaking at the event, Baroness May Blood said “I still have the photo on my wall from when I first came to this school just over 12 years ago back when it was little more than a cinder path and a dozen students. It’s great to see how much the school has grown and thrived over the years”.
Danny Kinahan, MP for South Antrim, also speaking at the event said “The school staff and governors have fought hard for the funding to enhance the school’s facilities. It is wonderful to see Maine Integrated Primary School doing so well and building bridges with-in the community”.
The school Principal, Julian Costelloe was also thankful for the hard work of school staff and governors. “One of the great parts of integrated education is the close involvement of school parents and governors in supporting the school and we would not be here today where it not for their continued support and for the help of many in the local community in Randalstown.”.
He also added that “anyone wanting to take a look around at the new school is more than welcome to come along to our open day on Saturday 5th December and join in our Christmas family fun day between 12pm-3pm”