ARDGILLAN CC LATEST
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.