Monday, 17th October 2016
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“It was a pleasure as a local T.D. for Meath West, and as a recent
former Minister of State in the Department of Education with an
interest in this project, to attend at the blessing of the new
extension to O’Growney N.S. Athboy by the Most Rev. Bishop Michael Smith.
The staff team led by Principal John Brennan and Deputy Principal Mary
Kearney, the voluntary Board of Management, Parents’ Association and
their students are all to be complimented on seeing through a
fantastic project which will benefit and uplift the whole community of
Athboy” stated local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien
English T.D. after attending the blessing of the new O’Growney N.S.
Athboy extension last week.
The project at O’Growney National School consisted of the construction
of a new 16 classroom school and ancillary accommodation and
equipment/furnishings, part demolition of the existing school building
and retention of the protected part of the existing building. The
project commenced on site on 18th May 2015 and the school building was
handed over on 21st June 2016 with all external work completed by the
19th September 2016 for its official opening last week.
School also raises 4th Green Flag
The first school in Killyon was a mud walled building without even the basic amenities – toilets or heating, local Fine Gael T.D. and Junior Education Minster Damien English told the large gathering of dignitaries and locals at the official blessing and opening of the extension of St. Finian’s National School in Killyon on Friday 12th June 2015. “But the pupils kept coming and this makes us think of the value people in this area placed on education, and still place on education” stated Minister English.
“But times change, and we must change with them. That’s why I am delighted to join the Bishop of Meath Michael Smith and Chairman of the BOM Rev. Fr. Patrick Kearney in the official opening and blessing of this new school extension. I hope it is a place of joy, friendships and learning for the whole community for many years to come” Minister English told the crowd of pupils, staff team led by Principal Jane Burke, parents and local politicians.
Minister English, who is Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, also highlighted the environmental innovation of students and staff in raising their 4th Green Flag at the official opening. The theme for this flag was ‘transport’ and for this pupils carried out a number of surveys about the means of transport used by pupils in Killyon NS and in other schools around the country. They also carried out projects on road and cycling safety, and show cased the results of their research to the local community.
The total grant-aid for the extension at St. Finian’s N.S. Killyon was €303,290. This grant facilitated the provision of 2 mainstream classrooms, en-suite toilets, WC for assisted users, furniture, ICT equipment, fencing, heating works and re-surfacing play areas.
The school were also awarded a grant of €137,831 under Summer Works Scheme 2014 for roof repairs. These works have now been completed.