The new St Mary’s secondary school campus in Convent Hill in Ballina welcomed students for the first time to the new school this morning.
It’s an historic day as the state of the art education campus is completed after two years of construction.
A Mass of Welcome took place this morning in St Patrick's Church in Ballina for first year students and their families, and was followed by refreshments and a guided tour of the campus, and induction for new students.
The new school is located on a large greenfield site overlooking Ballina town and beside the former school building.  The site was donated by the Sisters of Mercy.
It includes an extensive outdoor recreation area with a range of facilities.
The school building was designed to comply with 'nearly zero energy building (NZEB) standards and will supply its own power via photovoltaic panels.
Robert O’Reilly is the Principal of St Mary’s Girls Secondary School and he’s been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about the development…

5th year students Ciara Harrington and Kate Monaghan told Midwest Radio's Micheal D McAndrew about their excitement to start back in a new state of the art school building...




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