New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID LOOBY

CATHER­INE McAu­ley Junior School and Bun­scoil Rís Se­nior School cel­e­brated their first birthdays re­cently.

Junior School Prin­ci­pal Elma Sut­ton said: ‘It is hard to be­lieve that we have been in the school for a full year. A lot of progress has been made since then with the suc­cess­ful open­ing of a sec­ond Spe­cial Class last Septem­ber and the open­ing of a third Spe­cial Class this Septem­ber.’

The busy school had an Open Day for new par­ents re­cently when par­ents had a chance to see the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that take place in the school ev­ery week - in­clud­ing drama, hurl­ing, Lit­er­acy Lift Off, Maths for Fun, recorder. ‘ There was a con­stant stream of peo­ple vis­it­ing the school dur­ing the day­time and later on at the night time open­ing. The Junior In­fants are in very small classes with just 18 chil­dren in each class. Par­ents showed a great in­ter­est in be­com­ing in­volved in the Health Pro­mot­ing Schools Project and the Green Schools ini­tia­tive.’

Bun­scoil Rís pupils cel­e­brated the birth­day with cake and can­dles. Prin­ci­pal Gerry Mo­ran said: ‘It was a nice oc­ca­sion. The schools had been amal­ga­mated in Septem­ber 2016 but we moved in the fol­low­ing Fe­bru­ary. We have 350 pupils and are tak­ing en­rol­ments for 3rd Class.’

Fr Thomas Orr blessed the school and con­grat­u­lated every­one on their suc­cess­ful year and the chil­dren sang Happy Birth­day. ‘Sam­mon Con­struc­tion are wrap­ping up the fi­nal works on the snag list on the new schools.’

The 4th classes of Ed­mund Rice Se­nior School who are off to sing in the ‘Peace Proms’ in Kilkenny.

Cather­ine McAu­ley school cel­e­brat­ing their 1st an­niver­sary with some junior in­fants.

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