17 years wait came to an end at 10 am this morning with the official announcement that our new school is to be built in 2014. There was great excitement and very loud cheers in the school hall as the assembled senior pupils, staff and parents were told that the Minister for Education had decided to include the school on the building list for next year. Ms O’Connor, our school principal, thanked the many people who made this great day possible, but she reminded everyone that there was a lot of hard work to be done and a great deal of distrubtion to endure before the dream becomes a reality. She said that we would live by our 6th class motto “Hand in Hand, Together We Can”!
We have been waiting 17 years for this great day. A rise in numbers in the late 90s prompted the school to begin negotiations with the Dept. of Education for additional permanent classrooms. In 1996 it was agreed that there was a need for 8 more classrooms and, in 1997, the school was asked to accept four Portacabins as a stopgap measure for a two year period – that was 16 years ago. But now, at last, there is an end in sight. We look forward with great anticipation to the start date and to our state-of-the-art new school building sitting proudly beside the Old School, which will remain after the other buildings have been demolished. Full details of the proposed design can be found at “Our New School”.
Now where is my hard hat and my wellies!!