Minister samples school life on Rathlin Island

Education Minister John O'Dowd visiting St. Mary's Primary School, Rathlin Island. Included are pupils Sorin, Pablo, Fallon and Zach.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Education Minister John O'Dowd visiting St. Mary's Primary School, Rathlin Island. Included are pupils Sorin, Pablo, Fallon and Zach.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

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Education Minister John O’Dowd got a taste of school life on Rathlin Island last week.

The Minister was visiting pupils and staff at St Mary’s Primary School. He also met members of the Board of Governors and was taken on a tour of the island.

Education Minister John O'Dowd with all 9 pupils at St. Mary's Primary School, Rathlin Island, during his visit to sample island school life .''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography. INBM43-15 S

Education Minister John O'Dowd with all 9 pupils at St. Mary's Primary School, Rathlin Island, during his visit to sample island school life .''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography. INBM43-15 S

He said: “It is a pleasure to be with you today and to sample in a small way school life on an island.

“In many ways you are learning in a very unique environment and I know you make the most of the natural beauty of your surroundings to enhance your educational experience.

“It is very obvious that your school is at the heart of the community on Rathlin. I have enjoyed my visit here today and I wish you all well with your future studies.”