Sod cutting ceremony officially marks the start of construction at Devenish College
Wendesday, 13th November 2019
Pupils and staff from Devenish College welcomed education officials and special guests to Enniskillen for a ceremonial sod-cutting to mark the start of work on a new school building, to accommodate 800 pupils aged 11 to 18.
A standalone sports facility comprising of a 4 court multipurpose sports hall, fitness suite, teaching and changing facilities, will also be constructed, with direct access to the 4 pitches at the lower end of the site, for the benefit of pupils, staff and local community.
Education Authority (EA) Chairperson Sharon O’Connor marked the occasion with Simon Mowbray, Principal of Devenish College, governors, EA officials, Department of Education officials, representatives from main contractor Glasgiven Contracts and lead designer Isherwood & Ellis.
Commenting during the event, Simon Mowbray said:
“It is a landmark day for our school and I would like to thank our governors, staff and parents for their support in getting the project this far.
“We look forward to unveiling a new school with enhanced facilities to better serve our children, staff and community. We have been delighted to see a significant rise in the standards of our pupil outcomes and in our enrolment over the last number of years and we feel our new facilities will allow us to progress to even better things in the future”.
Praising the dedication of the school staff, governors and education officials who have brought the project to construction stage, Chairperson of the Education Authority, Sharon O’Connor said:
“I wish to pay tribute to the staff and board of governors for their hard work. This new build signifies a new chapter in our school’s history.”
“It’s an exciting day for everyone involved in Devenish College – the pupils, staff past and present, parents, governors, the planning and design teams, the architects, consultants and contractors, the Department for Education and indeed the wider community.”
Ms O’Connor added:
“EA and our education partners want to develop a network of viable and sustainable schools that can deliver the Northern Ireland Curriculum effectively.”
The new facilities are funded by the Department of Education, and delivered through the EA’s Major Capital Works Programme.