Sunday 22 July 2018

Meánscoil Gharman celebrates 10 years

Isla Rogan Kelly, Yasmin Nic Phaidín and Aimee Rogan Kelly
Isla Rogan Kelly, Yasmin Nic Phaidín and Aimee Rogan Kelly
Alannah McCann, teacher Áine N Riagáin and Meabhdh O'Brien
Ethan Kelly and Róise Eilís Nic Eochaidh
Con Caomhanach Ó Muiris, Jack Ó Nuallain de Fuitnigh and Con Ó Meadoir
Dylan Ó Nualláin, Michaela Nic Mhathúna, Jade Wynne and Erin Ní Ghallachóir
Maeve Connolly, Aine Murphy and Maeve Sinnott
Richard Hawkins and Saoirse O'Brien
Finlay Crampton, Nathaniel Henwick and Luke Mac Réamoinn

Pádraig Byrne

It was a special day for Meánscoil Gharman as they marked 10 years since the school first opened it's doors by hosting an open day which saw scores of visitors arrive at the historic building in Brownswood.

The school building is one that is steeped in history with connections going back to world-renowned designer and architect Eileen Gray. The Meánscoil is the only all-Irish Secondary school in the county and welcomes students from all over the county who aim to pursue secondary education through Irish, whether they've completed their primary education through English or in a Gaelscoil.

Over the past ten years, the Meánscoil has gone from strength to strength. Starting from humble beginnings with just seven students, occupying a small house beside the current school building, it has grown to a school of 210 students with 17 teachers offering 17 subject options for Leaving Cert. Due to it's relatively small size, staff say that students reap the benefits of being taught certain subjects in smaller groups and an atmosphere of inclusivity. Students from the school have been awarded University scholarships for the past three years and they also enjoy a great reputation in areas such as art, music and sports.

The school also engages in overseas tours and is one of the few schools in Ireland where money raised by TY students is used to visit and bring funds to an orphanage in Romania.

'Meánscoil Gharman is celebrating ten wonderful years of providing the finest education through the medium of Irish,' said teacher Clare Kavanagh. 'Four sixth year groups have passed through the school to date and each one of them have made a positive mark on Wexford. But the success doesn't end here. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.'

Enniscorthy Guardian