Gaelscoil cel­e­brates open­ing

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Gaelscoil de hÍde is now en­rolling for the school year com­menc­ing in Septem­ber next. Fur­ther de­tails avail­able from re­cep­tion on 025 31217, or email info@gaelscoilde­

Although Gaelscoil de hÍde has been oc­cu­pied by staff and pupils for over a year, the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Fer­moy school was only cel­e­brated last Fri­day.

The school is go­ing from strength to strength but se­cur­ing a new build­ing for al­most 400 pupils had been a hard­fought chal­lenge, ef­fec­tively over sev­eral decades.

“A group of in­di­vid­u­als had a dream in 1982,” said prin­ci­pal Sean McGear­ailt.

“That dream was fi­nally re­alised in Fe­bru­ary 2017 when we moved into this fab­u­lous state-of-the-art school.

“But it’s been a long jour­ney with many twists and turns along the way.

“The múin­teoirí, par­ents, and in­deed the wide com­mu­nity of Fer­moy and its hin­ter­land were united in our one goal and that was to have a per­ma­nent home — where the pupils of the school would get an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tion through the medium of Ir­ish.”

The high-pro­file cam­paign co-or­di­nated by Gaelscoil de hÍ de New School Ac­tion Group fi­nally came to fruition and the im­pos­ing new school is a far cry from a cramped build­ing which stu­dents and staff end ur pre­vi­ously school in McCur­tain St.

The school build­ing boasts 16 spa­cious class­rooms and a pupil body of close to 400, with ad­e­quate space to ac­cept more. Fur­ther­more, it now has spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion rooms, dis­abil­ity wet rooms, along with am­ple multi-pur­pose and stor­age space.

With a staff of 22, as well as six spe­cial needs as­sis­tants, two sec­re­taries, and a care­taker, Gaelscoil de hÍde is go­ing from strength to strength.

And with con­tin­ued sup­port from the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses in Fer­moy, suf­fi­cient funds were raised to pro­vide an all-weather astro-turf pitch.

The new school has im­pressed pupils in all classes.

“The new school is a breath of fresh air com­pared to our dusty old shed, a shin­ing star in the dark night sky. Our school is a real ed­u­ca­tion,” said Rosie Gothard from Rang 4.

“Is brea liom na háiseanna atá againn sa scoil nua agus is brea liom bheith ar scoil lá i ndi­aidh laé,” said Niall Ó Clu­a­naigh, in Rang 6.

Josh O Beirne, from Rang 6, said: “Beimíd sona go deó sa scoil mór graí seo.”

Is­abel Ní Laighin, in Rang 4, said: “I feel this school is com­fort­ing and warm. I am very thank­ful and happy. It’s the best school ever.”

Am­ber O Beirne, from Rang 4, said: “Every morn­ing when I walk into school I’m half asleep, I look around and hear younger kids laugh­ing. It makes me smile and I get a great feel­ing like the one I had when I walked in on my first day.Ire­al­lylo enew school.”

Mean­while, IT fa­cil­i­ties are present in all class­rooms and funded by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. The fa­cil­i­ties are sub­sidised by Cáirde de hÍde, the school’s ac­tive and sup­port­ive par­ent group.

And in the multi-pur­pose hall at the front of the school, a stage has been pur­chased to en­able the­atre and drama pro­duc­tions.

See video on Ir­ishex­am­ Pic­ture: Larry Cum­mins

Stu­dents at the of­fi­cial open­ing and bless­ing of Gaelscoil de hÍde, Fer­moy, last week.

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