First day at the new Ravenswell

Bray People - - NEWS -

Ravenswell pupils made their way to their new school last Mon­day af­ter a long wait.

The school had been closed the pre­vi­ous Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Prin­ci­pal Emer Breen said that ev­ery­one is de­lighted at the move. The build­ing is warm and peace­ful, and with ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties.

‘It’s very ex­cit­ing,’ said Ms Breen. ‘It was a long wait, it would have been nice if it had been ear­lier.’

Chil­dren started the day as nor­mal in their old school, then teach­ers walked ev­ery­one to the new build­ing.

The col­lec­tion times then went ahead as nor­mal from the new premises. Not be­fore chil­dren and teach­ers had a chance to get used to their new rooms. They had also gone over the pre­vi­ous week to have a look at their new sur­round­ings.

Par­ents had helped with the move, rolling up their sleeves along­side staff to move fur­ni­ture and boxes, paint, and help out in many ways.

The en­tire school body is very ex­cited about the new era ahead.

Ravenswell had been one of the schools af­fected by the col­lapse of the de­vel­oper Salmon, which caused sig­nif­i­cant de­lays.

Their neigh­bours, Coláiste Ráithín, moved in at the start of Septem­ber.

Doreen McHale acts as lol­lipop lady as the chil­dren walk from the old Ravenswell school to the new one.

The long­est serv­ing mem­bers of staff: Deirdre Dil­lon, Paula Dut­ton (past pupil), Prin­ci­pal Emer Breen, sec­re­tary Imelda Keogh and Denise Dut­ton (past pupil).

El­lie Rose O’Brien and Daisy Devlin wave good­bye to their old school as they walk to the new build­ing on Mon­day morn­ing.

Ms Keane with Lily O’Brien and Mitchell Dun­woody Byrne in one of the new bright ju­nior in­fant class­rooms.

Olly Caw­ley.

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