Ministers in Birches PS visit

As a special treat for the visit of the First Minister, Arlene Foster and Education Minister, Peter Weir Birches Primary School pupils were allowed free ice cream which both ministers and the school principal Mrs Patricia Watson also availed of. INPT23-264.
As a special treat for the visit of the First Minister, Arlene Foster and Education Minister, Peter Weir Birches Primary School pupils were allowed free ice cream which both ministers and the school principal Mrs Patricia Watson also availed of. INPT23-264.

Pupils and staff of the Birches Primary School welcomed two special visitors on Monday when First Minister Arlene Foster and Minister of Education Peter Weir helped celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The First Minister said, “Fifty years ago to this day the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Captain Terence O’Neill, was here to open this school so I am particularly honoured to be here today as First Minister to celebrate this very special golden anniversary with you.

First Minister, Arlene Foster and Education Minister, Peter Weir pictured with P3 pupils of Birches Primary School and their teacher Joanne Boyd. Pupils included are from left, Lauren Smith and Emily Burrows. INPT23-261.

First Minister, Arlene Foster and Education Minister, Peter Weir pictured with P3 pupils of Birches Primary School and their teacher Joanne Boyd. Pupils included are from left, Lauren Smith and Emily Burrows. INPT23-261.

“Birches Primary School has grown steadily over the years and is a fantastic example of how education, friendship and fun can enrich the lives of pupils who make this school an integral part of the community.

“I commend school principal Patricia Watson and everyone involved, past and present, for helping to make the school the success that it is today.”

Mr Weir described the Birches PS as an “excellent school at the heart of the community” which was testament to the hard work and effort of pupils, parents and staff down the years.

The school has already hosted a number of anniversary events including a book launch and concert.

First Minister, Arlene Foster and Education Minister, Peter Weir pictured getting their hands dirty with P1 pupils of Birches Primary School and their teacher Claire Morrow. Pupils included are from left, Faith Hall, Karis Armstrong and Hayley Dunlop. INPT23-263.

First Minister, Arlene Foster and Education Minister, Peter Weir pictured getting their hands dirty with P1 pupils of Birches Primary School and their teacher Claire Morrow. Pupils included are from left, Faith Hall, Karis Armstrong and Hayley Dunlop. INPT23-263.