TuesdaY morning, June 5 was a historic day for Borris-in-Ossory when the pupils and staff of St Joseph’s NS finally enjoyed their first day in their new school building.
There was a great sense of achievement, anticipation and excitement in the air as piper Paul Keegan led staff and students over the threshold of the new school which is set to serve the town for many generations.
The new school, which got the go ahead in 2006 but was delayed, will cater for 110 pupils and features eight classrooms.
Its opening was welcomed by the school’s board of management, teachers and parents’ association.
This new school is equipped to the highest standards, providing a 21st century facility for the present and future students in St Joseph’s National School, Borris-in-Ossory.
As well as up to date resources and new learning supports, the new school has a large sports hall. It is hoped this hall will be made available to the wider community. As part of the project a two acre field adjacent to the school has been developed as a playing pitch.
This new development will greatly enhance the sporting skills of the young people which are already in place as part of the school curriculum.
The school is involved in many activities including hurling, football, chess, draughts, quiz, music, and drama.
The new school garden at the entrance will include a plaque to commemorate the contribution made to the education of the young people in the Borris-in-Ossory catchment area by the Sisters of Mercy for over 150 years.
Artists have been chosen to create a piece of art inside the new school building. The artists will be helped by the pupils of the school to formulate the new designs.
In keeping with the green theme, water harvesting systems have been installed as part of the school ethos as they pursue their fourth green flag. The local pre-school already established in Borris-in-Ossory will be part of the new school.
New facilities have been put in place to provide after school care. Parents interested in this service should contact the school.
The Board of Management, teaching staff and Parents Association expressed sincere thanks to the design team under the leadership of McCarthy/O’Hora, and Sammon Contracting for their superb workmanship and all involved in building the school.
All are looking forward to September, the new school year when the school will enjoy excellent facilities, enabling it to provide greater opportunities for the education of local children.
An offical opening is due to take place during the next school year.