Principal of Rossmar School today welcomed visitors to the site of the new school to cut the first sod. This marks the beginning of the construction work to bring the exciting plans for the £11.51m school to life.
Mrs Caroline Clements, Principal, thanked everyone involved for their hard work and highlighted the importance of the new school;
“This new building will enable our community to be a cohesive unit working under the same roof with access to the same high standard of resources for all. Our new school will be built right beside us, giving our pupils the opportunity to see, first hand, the continual progress of the new school. Rossmar school motto is ‘Together we Grow, Learn, Succeed.’ In our new building and our contemporary playgrounds we will certainly get the opportunity to do this.”
Present at the ceremonial sod cutting on Tuesday 17 April 2018 were pupils and staff, representatives of the Education Authority, past and present members of staff and the Board of Governors, Friends of Rossmar, the appointed Contractor and Design Team and a number of political representatives.
The new Rossmar school will incorporate three main wings for nursery/primary, post primary and post 16 pupils to accommodate 110 pupils aged from 3 to 19 years and will be located on the existing site at Ballyquin Road, Limavady.
Speaking at the Sod Cutting, Education Authority Chair Sharon O’Connor, said;
“The Education Authority is committed to providing the best possible facilities for children and young people to enhance their educational experiences. In special schools, it is more important than ever that children are supported and educated in an environment that meets all of their needs.”
“I am very pleased to take part in this wonderful occasion. I look forward to returning to a new state-of-the-art building that will allow everyone in Rossmar School to continue to develop and improve the outcomes for children and young people and bring with it all the excitement of planning for the future”, she added.
Glasgiven Contracts Ltd, Annalong has been appointed to take forward the construction of the new school on Ballyquin Road, Limavady, which is due to be completed by May 2020. The construction of the new Rossmar School has been planned and designed by Samuel Stevenson & Sons to allow the existing buildings to remain fully operational during the construction period.