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Friday 24 October 2014

Two Swords schools secure new buildings

Robin KIELY

Published 15/06/2011 | 07:57

A SWORDS primary school will take up residence in a new building for the first time tomorrow ( Wednesday) bringing an end to a decadelong quest for a permanent accommodation. Swords Educate Together will finally have a place to call home this week. A SWORDS primary school will take up residence in a new building for the first time tomorrow ( Wednesday) bringing an end to a decadelong quest for a permanent accommodation.

After pitching up in a number of temporary locations, Swords Educate Together will finally have a place to call home this week with the purpose-built development at Oldtown, near Applewood, finally ready for use.

Pupils will make the short walk from the site of their most recent occupancy carrying their chairs and bags to begin a new chapter in the 10 year history of the progressive school, one principal Gerard Kelly has been involved with every step of the way.

' We grew a school from a humble organisation in Swords Celtic soccer club with 20 children in September 2001, to a fully grown developed school with 450 children,' Mr Kelly said.

'We grew the school in a completely different building environment to the building we're about to take occupancy of. It is a building today and it will remain a building until we move into it and then we'll transform it into a school community.

' We're not getting a new school, we're getting a new school building and it feels absolutely fabulous.'

The 2.6 hectare site, some 400 metres from where Educate Together and neighbours Gaelscoil Bhriain Boroimhe are currently located, houses two 16-classroom schools, as well as an integrated, two-storey shared community facility and sports hall.

Swords Educate Together will have a library for the first time, as well as state-of-the-art playground equipment, dedicated special needs facilities and room for an outdoor classroom.

' We have space like we've never had before,' Mr Kelly continued. 'It's unbelievable, a wonderful resource to Swords and the future development of the Applewood area. We are immensely proud.'

Mr Kelly paid tribute to all those who had played a part in the building's development, including the Department of Education, Fingal County Council and the builders themselves, who had been on site since August.

And pupils can look forward to the first big event in their new home this Friday, June 17th, with the annual Run for the Cure taking place, in association with the Marie Keating Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society.

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