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THERE was plenty of ac­tiv­ity in Gorey Cen­tral School last Thurs­day with the open­ing of the school’s new all weather astro turf pitch.

Principal of the school Matt Bater said it was a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to the fa­cil­i­ties at the school.

‘As a school we are hugely priv­i­leged to now have such a won­der­ful re­source avail­able to us and we can’t wait to use the astro in many dif­fer­ent ways.

‘I would like to thank our Board of Man­age­ment and Chair­per­son Canon Mark Hay­den for the huge sup­port they have pro­vided for the school in de­vel­op­ing this won­der­ful fa­cil­ity. Sec­ondly thank you to all of the staff here at Gorey Cen­tral who have al­ready planned many ex­cel­lent uses for the astro and will most cer­tainly use the space to en­rich our pupils’ lives for many years to come.

‘A huge thank you must go to the Par­ent Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion, the par­ent body and mem­bers of the wider school com­mu­nity for the fab­u­lous fundrais­ing that took place over the last num­ber of years. The sup­port the school re­ceives from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity is sec­ond to none.’

He also paid tribute to the stu­dents whom he said had pro­vided every­one with the mo­ti­va­tion to drive the project for­ward.’

In ad­di­tion to the of­fi­cial open­ing of the astro turf pitch the school also paid tribute to re­tir­ing principal San­dra Ho­ran.

Matt said San­dra had been the driv­ing force and the mas­ter­mind be­hind the pro­vi­sion of the new pitch and said dur­ing her 22 years at the school she had done ster­ling work there.

‘San­dra has spent 22 happy years at Gorey Cen­tral School, firstly as a class­room teacher, then as deputy principal and, for the last 12 years, as principal. Dur­ing her ten­ure as principal, Gorey Cen­tral School moved into our cur­rent ren­o­vated premises in 2005.

‘This was fol­lowed by three build­ing ex­ten­sions. The school gar­den was also ren­o­vated and an art project was un­der­taken when the beau­ti­ful mu­rals in the hall were painted by the pupils. Also, dur­ing this time, the school pupil pop­u­la­tion grew by 30 per cent and our staffing pop­u­la­tion grew by over 50 per cent. This time has also seen great change in ed­u­ca­tion but Gorey Cen­tral School has al­ways been to the fore in tak­ing on board these new De­part­men­tal ini­tia­tives and chal­lenges.

‘It is with a heavy heart that Gorey Cen­tral School says good­bye to our re­tir­ing principal but Mrs. Ho­ran has left a legacy that will be felt by many gen­er­a­tions to come as it was for many gen­er­a­tions pre­vi­ously.’

Wendy Col­lier, Ch­eryl Poole and Gil­lian Bai­ley. Staff and stu­dents of Gorey Cen­tral School at the open­ing of the new astro turf pitch.

Cather­ine Grif­fiths and Nessa White. ABOVE: re­tired principal, San­dra Ho­ran hands over the keys of the school to in­com­ing principal, Matt Bater; BE­LOW: San­dra Ho­ran cuts the tape to of­fi­cially open the new astro turf pitch.

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