Ennistymon can’t wait to educate together
WORKS on a new transport route to facilitate the long-awaited start of construction on the new â¬ 25 million Ennistymon Schools project is expected to start next week.
The Department of Education confirmed that work on the site of the new Ennistymon campus began on June 1 and The Clare Champion has learned from knowledgeable sources that it involves a lot of preparatory work.
Responding to requests from Clare Champion, the department said the new campus will accommodate 750 post-primary students and Ennistymon Primary School – an elementary school to accommodate five regular classes as well as a classroom unit for children with educational needs. specials on the same site.
He estimates that it will take about two and a half years to complete this project, which will facilitate the construction of the largest post-primary facility in North Clare.
This is the long-awaited merger of Ennistymon CBS, Ennistymon Vocational School and Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon and a new primary school, which will be co-located on the site of the former convent on the outskirts of the city.
The Department is unable to indicate how many people will be employed during the life of the project as this is the responsibility of the prime contractor and its subcontractors.
Scoil Mhuire director SeosaimhÃn Ui DhomhnallÃ¡in acknowledged that the new Ennistymon campus project had had a long gestation, with evidence from minutes of a meeting highlighting the need for a new, amalgamated educational institution in 1971 .
âThis is great news for local high school students. The new school will have exceptional facilities and the best selection of subjects for students in the county.
âStaff from all three schools are very committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the new post-primary school; planning is underway and a steering group has been set up.
âWe are working on common policies and we are enthusiastic about selecting new uniforms.
âThere has been considerable local consultation regarding the planning and design of the new school with management boards and school administrators. It did not involve the local community.
âThe new school will bring us into the 21st century.
Asked about concerns about the suitability of the proposed playgrounds, Ui DhomhnallÃ¡in acknowledged that more work was needed on this issue and noted that schools expect more consultation between the Ministry of Education and all interested stakeholders to move this issue forward.
Ennistymon CBS principal Mary Lyons acknowledged that the new school is long overdue and has been the subject of meetings between the three schools in recent years.
Following the establishment of a local steering committee, she confirmed that the schools were happy to resume this process to continue the progress of this very important project aimed at ensuring the best facilities for their students.
She said school projects of this scale typically take around two years to build.
Once the new school is operational, she stressed that students will no longer have to travel to different schools in the city for certain subjects and will have a large selection to choose from on one site.
She stressed that the new school will offer much more space and facilities such as a real canteen for the benefit of students and teachers.
Ennistymon Vocational School principal Elizabeth Flanagan said the new school will be a great development for the community.
Ennistymon National School principal Helen Sheridan said the schools project was the start of a very exciting new chapter for their school.
She said the current building was constructed in 1915, has educated generations and served its purpose well.
However, now is the time to move on to a modern 21st century elementary school.
While the transfer from primary schools to secondary schools in the city has always gone smoothly, she said there would be a natural progression under the new arrangements.
Former students and former teachers are invited to visit the school between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the Friday before it closes.
Ennistymon National School board chair Gerry Reidy said there will be new synergies when the three schools come together, while there will be continuity for the students as the new elementary school is on the same campus.
While some people expressed the opinion that the new high school would not take place, he said that the start of construction works is a testament to the excellent work being done by the three schools to bring this project to fruition.
He said there would be an opportunity for stakeholders to initiate discussions on different options to acquire land for new playing fields during phase two of this project.
âThis is really great news for Ennistymon and the North Clare area,â he said.
by Dan Danaher