Gorey Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By SARA GA­HAN

A spe­cial per­for­mance from the Gorey Com­mu­nity School cast of Les Mis­er­ables was just one of the high­lights at this year’s open evening.

Prin­ci­pal Michael Finn sent out in­vi­ta­tions to pri­mary schools in the lo­cal­ity weeks be­fore the event and, as usual, the re­sponse was tremen­dous.

‘We were ex­tremely busy all evening,’ said Mr Finn. ‘A team of teach­ers and stu­dents stood out for most of the night to help park cars.’

In his speech to the vis­i­tors Mr Finn em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of get­ting ap­pli­ca­tions in on time.

‘If an ap­pli­ca­tion comes in af­ter the dead­line then they will more than likely not get a spot,’ said Mr Finn. ‘Every year it hap­pens and un­for­tu­nately it is very dis­ap­point­ing for par­ents.’

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions this year is Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, at 3.15 p.m.

The open evening in­cluded dis­plays of var­i­ous sub­jects of­fered and the wide range of ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and stu­dent sup­ports.

‘We had three stu­dents who didn’t at­tend a Gaelscoil speak­ing about how they suc­cess­fully passed the Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate through Ir­ish,’ said Mr Finn. ‘They also spoke to par­ents of the ben­e­fits of do­ing ex­ams in the Ir­ish lan­guage.’

With the up­com­ing Gorey Com­mu­nity School mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion of Les Mis­er­ables this month, stu­dents saw the open evening as a great op­por­tu­nity to per­form a num­ber from the show. Mr Finn said the open evening is a great chance for pupils to get a taste of the school.

Alessan­dro Pan­dolfi show­cas­ing his drum­ming tal­ent. The cast of Les Mis­er­able pic­tured with their mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Roisin Dempsey. The pro­duc­tion takes place at Gorey Theatre from Oc­to­ber 15-20. Ann Marie Byrne with her daugh­ter Alex Byrne.

Tommy and Ce­lena Kem­ple with their son Daniel. Leah O’Ma­hony and Faith Master­son. Jen­nifer Car­ney and Michael Hughes. Teacher Eoin Foy with Pa­trick Kin­sella.

AJ Duffy with his mother Lisa Wade.

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