Monday, 16 April 2007

Roche Opens €3m extension to St. Joesph's National School, Templerainey, Arklow

This story is of interest to my own County ...

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and local T.D. Mr. Dick Roche today (16th of April.) opened the extension to St. Joseph's National School, Templerainey.

The Minister officially opened the state of the art extension including nine classrooms, a computer room and resource rooms that have transformed the historic National School of Templerainey. The Minister stressed that this school has served the local community very well since it opened on the present site in 1942.

The Minister said he was delighted to meet pupils, parents and teachers. He congratulated the Chairperson of the Board of Management Mick McEvoy and the other members of the Board of Management on their achievements and dedication. He also praised the work of the Principal and proud Kerryman Mick O' Callaghan and his dedicated staff for their energy, enthusiasm and dynamism.

"The school has strong parental support, in particular, in relation to helping to provide a state of the art and fully equipped computer room and I note that the school was going from strength to strength. This was evident in the fact that the school now has 570 pupils as against 90 when it opened in 1942," Minister Roche said.

"I am particularly pleased to see the Green Flags proudly displayed outside of the school. I am aware that the school were pioneers in this regard," added . Minister Roche. He praised the school's energetic involvement in recycling as well as in water and energy conservation and the development of very well produced and informative websites.

The Minister paid tribute to the Builders and the Architects for combining their skills in order to blend the old and new buildings in such a way as to meet the needs of pupils, parents and teachers now and in to the future.

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