Students turn sod on new extension
It was a big day at Tullow Community School recently as the sod was turned on a new 3,650 sq metre extension. The act was performed by two first year students using the spade that President Mary McAleese used to plant a commemorative rose in the Memorial Garden during her visit to the school in 2004.
School Principal Paul Thornton spoke of the history of the school, which was established in 1978 when the Vocational School, the Brigidine Convent Secondary School and the Patrician Brothers Secondary School amalgamated, and of how this was a proud moment for all of the teachers, staff and parents.
The new extension will consist of 18 rooms to facilitate the expected expansion of the school and Naomh Bríd which will provide a new Autistic Spectrum Suite.
The chairperson of the Board of management, Ms Cynthia Deane, congratulated everyone involved in bringing this project to fruition and said she was looking forward to a bright future for the school before Rev Padraig Shelly performed a blessing on the school, the site and the builders working on it.
The new building is due for completion in the summer of 2015 and will hopefully be fitted and open for use by Christmas 2015.
During construction, a number of classrooms and the administrative wing will be temporarily accommodated at the rear of the school and an alternative means of access will be provided for construction traffic.