Landmark day for Parkhall Integrated College
It was a milestone occasion for the pupils and staff of Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim today as the new £20m school was officially opened by Education Authority Chairperson Sharon O’Connor.
The new building brings together all the pupils on site, having previously operated on a split site with the junior campus at Steeple Road and the senior campus at Birch Hill Road. The new school boasts state of the art classroom technology, first class sports facilities and youth and community amenities.
Addressing over 200 guests at the official opening, EA Chairperson Sharon O’Connor said:
“I am delighted to open the fantastic new Parkhall Integrated College. From the modern interactive classroom environment to the sports facilities, it epitomises everything that a modern school should be,”
“The school is fully equipped to prepare its young people for the future, working for its community and in partnership with other schools in the area to ensure its young people can be the best that they can be.
“I wish the entire Parkhall Integrated College community every success in the future.”
Chairperson of Parkhall Integrated College board of governors Mervyn Alexander paid tribute to staff, education officials and the design and construction team for “making their dream a reality”.
“For many years we as governors thought that this day would never arrive and it has been a pleasure to watch the school return to a single site in this fantastic building,” said Mr Alexander.
“I would like to pay tribute to the entire staff at the school for their commitment to making this dream a reality and hope that they enjoy many years of success and happiness in this new facility.
“The investment from the Department of Education, the support of the Education Authority and the work of the design team at BDP and the construction team of O’Hare and McGovern have all contributed greatly to creating a learning environment for us to be proud of for many years to come.”
Principal George Beattie looked forward to a new era for the school, which will cater for post-16 pupils for the first time.
“We are absolutely delighted to celebrate the official opening of our new school facilities. This major investment from the Department of Education in the young people of Parkhall is a huge vote of confidence in the school,” said Mr Beattie.
“For 12 years the school existed on a split site arrangement and returning all our staff and children to one building has been fantastic, especially to a building that equipped for the 21st century. With our new school uniform in place, Post-16 Education introduced for the first time in September 2017 and these fabulous facilities, our children are extremely proud of their school.
“We look forward to the next chapter in the development of Parkhall as a major contributor to the education of the children of the Borough of Antrim.”