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ARDG­ILLAN Com­mu­nity Col­lege has man­aged to ac­com­mo­date all of its stu­dents on their re­turn from mid-term break de­spite the con­tin­ued clo­sure of phase 1 of the build­ing due to ‘sig­nif­i­cant struc­tural is­sues’ iden­ti­fied in that build­ing that be­gan a na­tion­wide ex­am­i­na­tion of schools built by the same com­pany.

Through timetabling changes and us­ing as much of the rest of the school fa­cil­i­ties as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing its sports hall, the school com­mu­nity has man­aged to pull to­gether to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion at the school, al­beit in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

School prin­ci­pal, Michael O’leary has con­grat­u­lated the school’s stu­dents, par­ents and staff for com­ing to­gether to find a work­able so­lu­tion for the school while phase one of the build­ing un­der­goes re­pairs.

As yet, there is no date for the com­ple­tion of those works so the school is fac­ing an idef­i­nite pe­riod in these un­usual cir­cum­stances.

Only one ac­tiv­ity can­not be ac­com­mo­dated on site at this stage and that is prac­ti­cal wood­work­ing.

But an­other lo­cal school has come to the res­cue on that front in the shape of Bre­more Ed­u­cate To­gether which is al­low­ing stu­dents from Ardg­illan to take their prac­ti­cal wood­work lessons in their wood­work room while the­ory work will con­tinue back at Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

It is no doubt, a chal­leng­ing time for the school but ac­cord­ing to the school prin­ci­pal, the de­gree of co-op­er­a­tion, hard work and cre­ative think­ing the whole school com­mu­nity has man­aged in these weeks of cri­sis has been im­pres­sive.

Mean­while, the fall-out from the dis­cov­ery of struc­tural is­sues at the Bal­brig­gan school con­tin­ues with two schools in Dublin 15 re­main­ing shut af­ter the mid-term break.

In sev­eral other schools around the coun­try, ex­ten­sive re­me­dial works were car­ried out over the Hal­loween break al­low­ing at least the first floor of the af­fected schools to open up again. For now, Ard­giall Com­mu­nity Col­lege will get on with ed­u­ca­tion but in the longer term the school com­mu­nity will want an­swers.

Re­pairs un­der­way at Ardg­illan Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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