New li­brary open at FCJ

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

THE NEW li­brary at FCJ Bun­clody was opened re­cently.

The li­brary was of­fi­cially opened by Sr Made­line Hayes while deputy prin­ci­pal Bren­dan Daly ad­dressed the crowd and read poetry.

Sit­u­ated in the con­vent build­ing the li­brary was made pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity of the Bun­clody Sis­ters of the FCJ - Sr. Madeleine Hayes, and Sr. Madeleine Ryan, who handed over such the strik­ing room.

The fundrais­ing com­mit­tee with the help of pri­vate do­na­tions and the whole staff man­aged to raise €7,000 for the pro­vi­sion of the li­brary.

The cen­tral piece of the room is the floor to ceil­ing stained glass win­dow which orig­i­nally came from the old Bun­clody parish church and the room was de­signed around the win­dow.

Work be­gan last De­cem­ber when teach­ers be­gan paint­ing the room. Once the walls were painted, quotes and the FCJ li­brary crest were painted on the walls.

Then TY stu­dents, Shauna Ryan, Kayleigh Mur­phy, Eibh­leann Bowkett, Ciara O’ Sul­li­van and Amy Smyth, un­der the guid­ance of Art teacher, Gail Connolly painted a tree with the roots woven into books.

An art com­pe­ti­tion was run to add a wall of cre­ativ­ity to the li­brary with the work of four stu­dents se­lected. These were Tara Green­wood, Eimear Dono­hoe, So­phie - Rose Davitt and Orla Sin­nott.

Their art­work was pro­fes­sion­ally framed and win­ners were pre­sented with vouch­ers for the art shop Dif­fer­ent Strokes in Gorey.

Hand crafted fur­ni­ture de­signed for the needs of the li­brary came from the con­struc­tion teacher Thomas Mer­nagh. As the de­sign el­e­ments were be­ing added to the room, work be­hind the scenes on fill­ing the li­brary with books was an on­go­ing process.

A huge amount of sup­port was given from lo­cal coun­cil­lor and past pupil, Bar­bara Anne Mur­phy who put the com­mit­tee in con­tact with Eileen Mor­ris­sey in Wex­ford Li­brary who do­nated an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of books.

Staff mem­ber Carmel Wade also sourced books from ed­u­ca­tional com­pa­nies.

Wally in Re­books in Bridgetown was also a great help and was ex­cep­tion­ally gen­er­ous with his time, knowl­edge and as­sis­tance in sourc­ing books for the li­brary. When all the books were gath­ered the school brought in the li­brary sys­tem In­ter­leaf to cat­a­logue the books.

With the help of stu­dent Aoife Lawlor the books were cat­a­logued and or­gan­ised over the sum­mer. Over the next few months the Lit­er­acy Com­mit­tee made up of Louise Kenny, Justin Kelly, Ciara Gruf­ferty, Leanne Nolan and Rose­mary Lawlor will in­tro­duce the Ac­cel­er­ated Read­ing pro­gramme into all the 1st year English classes and all learn­ing sup­port groups.

This pro­gramme will al­low teach­ers to pin­point where each stu­dent is with their read­ing and give them a guide as to the books suited to chal­lenge their read­ing abil­ity. It will mon­i­tor their progress and will be linked to home where par­ents can check their progress on­line. The li­brary fa­cil­ity will also give the school an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce Paired Read­ing on a wider scale and will fa­cil­i­tate a Read­ing Club dur­ing lunchtimes.

Bren­dan Daly, Sr. Madeleine Hayes, FCJ and Frances Thread­gold, Prin­ci­pal. The rree painted by the TY stu­dents.

Some of the paint­ing on the walls.

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