Former pupil seals triple-link to St Patrick’s Academy ‘ON THE BIG SCREEN’.
Our very own James Conlon, A DUNGANNON man returned home last week to celebrate his unique connection to all three incarnations of St Patrick’s Academy.
Just a few months old, the new Academy school building still has the wow factor with staff and pupils discovering new features in the state-of-the-art facility on a daily basis.
With Niavac being responsible for some of the most hi-tech equipment in the £27million complex James Conlon, a former pupil, remembers a time of simpler educational tools. James was a first-year pupil at the first Academy school in 1973, before it moved to new premises on the Killyman Road. He made a welcome return to his old school on Friday – which is of course brand new – to inspect his company’s extensive installation of state-of-the-art audio-visual systems throughout the school.
“I’m very proud of this installation given the fact it’s my old school and hometown of Dungannon,” said James. “I actually had one year in the old Academy in 1973 and then the new Academy on the Killyman Road and now with this installation in the super new Academy means I have had an association with all the school buildings. We have had a long-time business relationship with St Patrick’s Academy and have advised a number of principals through the years. This close relationship means that we had a deep understanding of the teachers’ communication requirements, presenting a number of state of the art solutions and participating a very competitive tendering process that I’m glad to say was successful for Niavac.”
James went on to say, “The final audio-visual solution includes the latest 70” Clevertouch interactive touchscreens, one for each classroom and that’s x86 in total!”
Niavac has also installed a school wide digital signage system that allows effective communication between staff, pupils and parents along with the latest in HD screen projection for the assembly and sports hall areas.