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Thursday 19 July 2018

Official opening of Ward-Rice building

SPECIAL NEEDS NEW ¤1M EXTENSION AT GOREY CS

Pupils Rebecca Farrell and Craig Travers making a presentation to School Principal Nicky Sweetman to mark the official opening of the Ward-Rice building at Gorey Community School.
Pupils Rebecca Farrell and Craig Travers making a presentation to School Principal Nicky Sweetman to mark the official opening of the Ward-Rice building at Gorey Community School.

Fintan LAMBE

THE EVER-GROWING Gorey Community School has expanded once more with the official opening yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, of the new Ward/Rice building.

The extension to the school is a state-of-theart Special Needs Suite, which was completed last September.

The Suite includes a Life Skills Room, an Art Therapy Room, Computer Room, MultiSensory Room, dedicated Subject Rooms, a Library Area, Offices and Withdrawal Rooms for working with pupils on a one to one basis or in small groups.

The Ward-Rice building facilitates students with Special Educational Needs to access the curriculum and enables them to be included in mainstream education so that they may develop to their full potential.

The building was opened yesterday by Marie Maguire and Joe Funge,. representatives of the Loreto and CBS Trustees.

In his speech, Joe explained that local contributions had been raised to help build the new community school twenty years ago, but the money raised was not called down at the time,. A fund was then set up, and it has been used for various projects over the years.

This was the third extension to the school in its sixteen year history. The school is now the largest secondary school in Ireland. School Principal Nicky Sweetman congratulated everybody involved in the project and thanked everyone who helped bring it to fruition, especially the Department of Education which provided around 60 per cent of the cost of the project, which had a total cost in excess of ¤1 million. The Trustees put forward over ¤400,000 to the project.

The guests in attendance were entertained by the fifth year choir and the school orchestra.

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