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Monday 22 October 2018

New era for students at Summerhill

STATE-OF-THE-ART BUILDING OPEN

One of the multi-media rooms at Summerhill's state-of-the-art college.
One of the multi-media rooms at Summerhill's state-of-the-art college.

MICHAEL MORAN

GOING BACK to school will take on a whole new meaning for the 740 students of Summerhill later this month.

They will walk through the doors of a new €12.5 million state-of-the-art college.

One of the few building projects of its kind in the country, the project created over 300 direct and indirect jobs during construction.

The new school features 27 standard classrooms, four science laboratories, two woodwork rooms, two metal work rooms, two design, communication and graphics rooms, an art room, home economics room, a staff room and library, which overlooks a central courtyard.

There is also a specialised autistic disorder unit, a music room, two computer rooms, a multi-media room, learning support rooms, career guidance room, a general purposes hall and canteen with seating for 330.

The 6,400 square meter building will replace the old 1970's building, ironically referred to for years as 'the new building'.

Work is continuing on a new gym for Summerhill which should open in November.

Six hardcourt playing pitches are also being constructed.

The first phase of the Summerhill development began early last year and involved the demolition of the ball alleys in the grounds of the old building.

17 prefabricated classrooms were erected on a temporary basis and these are now being dismantled.

The 1970's building was demolished in July, to allow construction of the new college commence.

The new school is a three-storey structure of steel and concrete on two sides, and a single-storey structure on the other.

School Principal, Tommy McManus said: "The future for students and teachers alike is bright and we are thrilled to be starting the new school term in a new, comfortable and well-equipped learning environment."

The first students will enter the new building on August 28th.

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