ST Louis Dun­dalk opened its doors to more than 500 stu­dents last week af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing fire in May which led to the school re-lo­cat­ing to DkIT.

A whirl­wind of sum­mer works has man­aged to blend the most high spec and up to date spe­cial­ist rooms with the his­toric cam­pus build­ings

The school has also been recog­nised na­tion­ally with two pres­ti­gious projects to as­sist teach­ing and learn­ing for the next school year.

Prin­ci­pal Michelle Dolan is de­lighted with the progress made in the three short months since the fire.

‘ The Depart­ment ar­rived on the morn­ing of the fire and soon af­ter in­sti­gated a se­ries of up­grades, from the ren­o­va­tion of our 70 year old par­quet floors, to the CCTV cam­eras, to the new re­cep­tion area. We also had a full re-wiring, plumb­ing and heat­ing over­haul, some new glaz­ing and more fire se­cu­rity safety com­pli­ance work com­pleted. It has been a dream come true in some ways. It is dif­fi­cult to get fund­ing for older schools so we were in­cred­i­bly lucky that the Depart­ment has been as gen­er­ous as they have been. There are fur­ther plans to up­grade more of the cam­pus over the next two sum­mers but it is quite stag­ger­ing to see just how much was achieved in such a short space of time. Added to that of course we have a new Tech­nol­ogy Suite and a beau­ti­fully bright new Art Room so we are re­ally happy to be back on site this year.’

Head of Art Áine McE­naney adds she is de­lighted with her the new art room. ‘It’s ev­ery teacher’s dream to be given such a fab­u­lous room, it’s like hav­ing a blank can­vas on which you can start all over again.

New teacher and Head of Tech­nol­ogy Derek Nolan who has over twenty years of ex­pe­ri­ence is also very pleased with his new room. ‘I know the old Tech room held many happy mem­o­ries for past pupils, and for Jim Kelly who taught here for so many years but I imag­ine he will be happy to see his wishes come true, al­beit af­ter his re­tire­ment.’

St Louis are also de­lighted to have se­cured the Trinity Col­lege Dublin 21st Cen­tury School of Dis­tinc­tion Award.

This ti­tle recog­nises in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to teach­ing and learn­ing. Win­ning schools demon­strated ex­cel­lence in sev­eral core ar­eas, in­clud­ing tech­no­log­i­cally rich teach­ing method­olo­gies, strong men­tor­ing pro­grammes, ro­bust lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment and cru­cially, im­pres­sive pro­gres­sion to Third Level.

The Guid­ance Depart­ment led by Guid­ance Coun­sel­lor Dara Mee will be pre­sented with the Trinity School of Dis­tinc­tion Ban­ner in Oc­to­ber and will travel to Burling­ton, Ver­mont to the ‘Col­lege for Ev­ery Stu­dent Con­fer­ence’ in Novem­ber and avail of a wealth of ed­u­ca­tional ex­per­tise and career de­vel­op­ment re­sources.

St Louis is also one of only nine schools in the coun­try cho­sen this year for the Step Up Project, an in­no­va­tion of the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion aimed at sup­port­ing schools al­ready at an ef­fec­tive level of prac­tice to move to a highly ef­fec­tive level of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new frame­work for Ju­nior Cy­cle.

Teacher, Derek Nolan with Stu­dents in the new tech­nol­ogy suite at St. Louis Se­condary School.

Head of Art at St. Louis Se­condary School, Aine McE­naney.

Stu­dents’ lock­ers in an up­graded area in St. Louis Se­condary School.

The grounds of St. Louis Se­condary School.

Mary Gil­more, Prin­ci­pal Michelle Dolan and Mau­reen O’Con­nell in the new re­cep­tion/office area in St. Louis Se­condary School.

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