Last Friday, the school hosted an outdoor assembly to launch its Golden Jubilee year : this was a fabulous occasion one which the whole school community really enjoyed.
Many thanks to Jerry O’ Mahony for the wonderful photos taken at the event.
Mrs. O’ Donovan welcomed staff past and present including former principal’s Con O’Donovan and Donie Keane. She was delighted to welcome representatives from the B.O.M., the Parent’s Association, chairpersons of the GAA and Camogie club, local historians and friends of the school.
Special Guests included the first ever junior infants who regaled funny stories about their time coming to the new school and their fond memories of their teacher Mrs. Kiely who was present on the day.
Michael Scanlon , chairperson , shared the history of the school which saw the four smaller schools in the parish , Mawbeg, Mount Pleasant, Gurranes and Newcestown amalgamate into one central school.
On the first day, September 6th, 1971, there were 150 pupils enrolled with 6 teachers, the following year the pupils from Gurranes N.S., enrolled and there were 187 pupils and 7 teachers.
Today, reflecting the massive changes in primary education, the school has 9 mainstream teachers with 232 pupils with a whole staff of 20 including Special Educational Needs teachers and assistants and a full-time secretary.
The Board of Management hope to publish a Golden Jubilee book to commemorate this special year. There will also be a weekend event in June 2022 for all in the community.