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Chief Minister to open new Ramsey junior school 7 November 2008

THE new junior school for the town of Ramsey will be formally opened by Chief Minister Hon Tony Brown MHK this month.

Scoill Ree Gorree was completed at a cost of £7.5 million and was built Auldyn Construction Ltd. It opened its doors to 257 pupils in September. SRG 24

The school has replaced Albert Road Junior School, which served the town for 103 years until its closure in July. Albert Road School had outgrown its premises and modernisation on its limited footprint was not considered cost-effective.

The two-storey Scoill Ree Gorree, which is situated next to the new Auldyn School and across the road from Ramsey Grammar School, has the capacity for 380 pupils.

It boasts 14 classrooms, group rooms, special needs and nurture facilities, a library, a double court sports hall and changing facilities, an outdoor teaching area, a football pitch for the use of pupils and the Ramsey Youth Football Club and a floodlit training area. Funding from the Isle of Man Arts Council has enabled the school to be equipped with suitable lighting, seating and flooring to enable it to be used as a community performance space.

The platform party at the opening ceremony on Friday 21 November will include Education Minister Hon Anne Craine MHK, Director of Education John Cain, Headteacher of 17 years Mike Faragher and acting Chairman of the School Governors Hazel Bradley.

The ceremony will be attended by President of Tynwald the Hon Noel Cringle MLC, Speaker of the House of Keys the Hon Steve Rodan MHK, Ramsey MHK Hon Allan Bell and Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners Brian Beattie.

The dedication will be carried out by the Lord Bishop, the Right Reverend Robert Paterson.

The school’s Wind Band and Recorder Group and its folk group, Share Na Veg, will provide the entertainment and guests will tour the new facilities before enjoying refreshments in the sports hall. SRG 38

The Chief Minister said:

‘I am delighted to have been invited to open the new school. This is the result of another substantial investment by government in the future education of the children of our Island. I am sure that it will be a great asset to Ramsey and the north of the Island.’

The Education Minister commented:

‘The construction of Scoill Ree Gorree is the last piece in the jigsaw whereby we are creating a campus for the provision of education for all ages in Ramsey. As time progresses, the advantage of children being very familiar with the neighbouring school they will be moving onto will overcome many of the hurdles of transition.’

Mrs Craine continued:

‘I am particularly pleased that the school is to be named Scoill Ree Gorree, or King Orry’s School, which reflects on the history of this area and recognises our Celtic and Norse heritage. It is believed that King Orry was raised as a child in the Isle of Man and it is therefore pertinent that a school should bear his name. The educational facilities that we now have in Ramsey are second to none and we can all be proud of what has been achieved here for the delivery of education to future generations of children.’

Mr Faragher said:

‘The staff and pupils settled into the new building remarkably quickly and it became a real school as soon as the children arrived on that first morning. We are already making good use of the additional space and magnificent facilities. The children are delighted with the superb sports hall and theatre seating in the main hall. Headteacher colleagues who have visited Scoill Ree Gorree are very envious.’

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