Thursday, 20th September 2018
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€9.5 million St Martin's Special School opens

Local Minister of State at the Department of Education John Halligan T.D. officially opened the new €9.5 million St Martin's Special School building at St John's Villas, Lower Grange, Waterford.

The 3,765 sq m building, which replaces St Martin's former school premises in Ballytruckle Road, caters for 66 learners aged from four to eighteen years of age with mild, moderate and severe/profound learning difficulties.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Halligan said the State's investment of €9.5 million into the construction and fitting out of the new school building was 'money well spent', to ensure the delivery of a' bright, purpose-built facility that offers St Martin's staff the space and flexibility they need to deliver high-quality education':

"This purpose-built school building was designed to align with the complexity of needs of all the learners attending St Martin's. Its 14 classrooms, sensory areas, post-primary level home economics, woodwork and horticulture rooms and a range of para-educational and therapy rooms will ensure the pupils have access to a curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant, differentiated, progressive and continuous.

"Additional facilities include a kitchen and a dining room, a large General Purpose hall and several suitably equipped playground areas and this building, in my opinion, represents a new benchmark nationally for special schools. But this did not happen by chance.

"The design and construction of this wonderful new school building is the culmination of lots of hard work between school principal Terry Ryan, the staff, and the design professionals. It is clear that the needs of the pupils were front and centre at all times during this project."

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