The Board of Management, teachers and parents association and most of all pupils of St Joseph’s Primary School, Borris-in-Ossory were delighted this week to turn the sod on their new eight classroom.
The builders Sammon Contracting from Kilcock had already begun work on the project before this weeks contract signing by Sister Moira Bergin, chairperson of the Board of Management, and Jack Fahey, buildings committee of the Board of Management.
A prayer service, led by Fr Jackie Robinson PP, to mark the beginning of the building construction was held. The service also marked the closure of the old building by giving thanks for the years when the doors of this centre of education and learning was opened wide in great welcome.
Sr Moira said Borris-in-Ossory has been a centre of education for almost one hundred and forty years where the young people in the community were enabled to reach their fullest potential.
In 1965 a new school was built to provide a modern and up to date facility of its time for the Sisters, future lay-staff and students. This building has served well the community for almost 50 years.
In January 2006, the Department of Education and Skills announced that the Primary School, Borris-in-Ossory was among a number of schools being given priority for a new school.
Sr Moira said this new and modern school will be equipped to the highest standards, providing a 21st century facility for the present and future students in Borris-in-Ossory.
As the building project is fully funded by the Department of Education and Skills it was still necessary to raise extra funds. The fundraising was necessary to cover any added extras not included in the Government grant. The money raised also included the cost of resurfacing the playing field attached to the school which is leased by the Sisters of Mercy. Great credit and thanks must be extended to all who contributed to this venture – the finance committee, sponsors, ticket sellers, private donators, Parents Association, Staff of the school and the Board of Management.
Over the five year period in preparation towards this great day, the Board of Management would like to acknowledge in a special way the assistance of Mr Seán Fleming T.D. at the various stages of the project and in particular, during its final stages.