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Avoniel Primary is a special place for many people

Published 08/06/2015

Although I live abroad, I keep up with news back home by reading the Belfast Telegraph. So, it was with mixed feelings that I read of the proposed closure of Avoniel Primary School.

I was a pupil there in the 1950s and remember it with great fondness. That beautiful building where all the classrooms looked out onto the big green field. The staff were irreplaceable, as I'm sure today's are, due to the school's tradition.

When I went to Grosvenor High, Mr Livingstone, one of my teachers, gave me his old school tie for luck. The tie and hard work got me to Queen's, where I studied Modern Languages and became a teacher in Barcelona (quite a way from Avoniel!)

I understand budgets have to be met, but I ask, with all respect, when the minister is studying the black-and-white statistics that he remembers the green field and what a school means to a child in its formative years and, therefore, also later in life.

VALERIE PEPIO (NEE JAMISON)

Barcelona, Spain

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