St Patrick’s Girls’ National School and St Patrick’s boys’ National School both gave a joint proposal to the Department of Education in September 2019 to open 4 special classes; 2 for each school. This proposal involved demolishing the existing PE hall in the back yard and constructing a new build to house the 4 classrooms, sensory areas, PE hall, kitchen and garden facilities. We are delighted that this was approved by the Department of Education in April 2020. Both principals and Board of Managements have been working on this project and to date, all contractors and an architect have been appointed. At present, there are site surveys taking place at present with the hope that we can then move onto drawing up plans and apply for planning permission. The end date for the project hopes to be autumn 2024.
We have been very lucky to be selected by the Ark to participate in The Ark, Art in Schools project. This means that every few weeks The Ark will deliver a piece of art to our school for our girls to appreciate.
The first installation was a painting called: ‘My Strange Fruit’ by Nickie Hayden.
Here are paintings that our Senior Infants painted after looking at a discussing the piece:
We got our new delivery on Friday morning of ‘Sheep’ by Olivia Musgrave.
Our girls have enjoyed the new addition to our school!
Our school and the boys’ school submitted an application to the Department of Education in October 2019 asking to open special classes. This was granted before the summer and companies have now tendered for this project. The project consists of demolishing our shared PE hall then building 4 special classes (2 for the boys’ school and 2 for the girls’ school) with a new PE hall on top. At present, both schools are considering and marking all the tenders for this project – and we hope to have this process finished this week. At present, we do not know the timescale for this project but it is likely to be 2 – 3 years. All updates re the project will be posted on both websites.
In September 2019, St Patrick’s Boys’ National School and our school made a joint submission to the Department of Education requesting to open ASD/special classes on our shared campus. We are delighted to announce that the Department of Education has now approved our project to demolish our existing PE hall and rebuild to include 4 ASD/special classes with a new PE hall on top. This will be 2 ASD/Special classes for the boys’ school and 2 ASD/Special classes for our school. Ian (Principal of the boys’ school) and myself are now working to appoint a design team to include an architect, a civil engineer, a quantity surveyor and a building services engineer. We will keep the community up to date with progress re our joint project. Many thanks Anne