Bishop Noel Treanor visited the rural parish of Glenravel, between Ballymena and the Glens of Antrim, to celebrate the opening of Mary Queen of Peace Primary School.
The school was formed following the amalgamation of Glenravel Primary School and St. Mary’s Primary School, Cargan. At present, the 237 children will be taught on both existing sites until a new building is completed. Bishop Treanor, assisted by Parish Priest Fr. Gabriel Lyons, welcomed everyone to a new beginning for education in Glenravel and to mark this special occasion a book was purchased, by the parish, for every child in the school.
The governors of the school, assisted by CCMS, have planned for a new nine classroom school for Mary Queen of Peace Primary School, with an enhanced assembly hall which will be used by the community in the evenings and at the weekends.
Mary Queen of Peace PS enjoys strong community commitment and this was very evident over the summer months when local volunteers, the school’s staff and their families prepared the building and its grounds for the start of the new school year. In addition, considerable financial investments were made in furnishing and curriculum resources.
The principal, Mr Malachy Conlon, acknowledged the community effort, ‘We are very proud of the work that has gone into preparing for the opening of Mary Queen of Peace PS. This primary school is very much a community school, right in the heart of the Glenravel parish. Our children have settled well into their new surroundings and we are all working together to create a happy and successful school. A programme of team building activities is underway, as well as an extensive programme of after school clubs to give all of the children the opportunity to work and play together. Our pupils are able, hard-working and caring for each other. We have much to celebrate and look forward to in Mary Queen of Peace Primary School.’