Schools in Moira

Moira Primary School

old Primary School, Moira

Former Moira Primary School © copyright. used by permission of St.John’s Parish Church.

What is now the Logic youth drop-in and activity centre was once the primary school. The school moved to the site in Backwood Road in 1973 and the present school building was officially opened by Princess Anne on 12th May 1999.

Brookfield school

Just outside Moira was the Friends Agricultural School opened at Brookfield in 1836. The School was primarily a Quaker School for “disowned” children – for those not in membership of the Society.

Brookfield maypole_and Dining room and boys wing

Brookfield maypole_and Dining room and boys wing

The boys were expected to work part-time on the farm (up to 22 hours per week at one point), helping with the crops, looking after the animals, providing vegetables for the school and for sale. The aim was give the boys practical training in agriculture and farm management. Girls were not expected to work on the land but they did the milking. They also helped in the kitchen, cleaned, churned butter and did dressmaking.

The school closed in 1921,

(Brookfield photographs from from Review – Journal of Craigavon Historical Society Vol. 5 No. 2)

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