Dear Parents & Friends of Scoil Chaitríona Senior,

As you may know, the Board of Management have been investing heavily in the school environment to ensure it is safe, clean and comfortable for your child.

During the summer, we applied for and received a grant to remove and replace the torn and damaged flooring in the classrooms which represented a hazard for the users.  The new flooring is safer, easier to clean and maintain and more visually appealing.

We also took the opportunity to complete a total repainting and decoration of the building which creates a more vibrant and alive atmosphere for all.

In addition, we used our own funds on the following projects;

We upgraded the phone systems in the classrooms as well as improving the internet distribution throughout the building to assist in better communications and enhanced learning for the children.

We refurbished the children’s toilets, replacing sanitary ware, tiles and fitted water heaters. These improvements now provide a clean comfortable and respectful environment for our children. We additionally installed environmentally sound, antibacterial soap dispensers along with reusable towelling which aids in the overall improved experience.

We removed old and redundant wiring and other services that were a result of 40 years of continuous development in the school.

We removed all damaged and inadequate shelving in the classrooms and replaced them with standardized, purpose built shelving and storage units, that provides more space for learning materials as well as the project and art works of our students throughout the year.

We purchased new chairs for 6th class pupils and retrofitted all desks with baskets for the safe storage of books.  The chairs are a more comfortable design and have the added benefit of being antibacterial.  They have the added benefit of being more stable and  do not allow the child to tilt them back onto 2 legs. Additionally they have been sized to be appropriate to the children’s heights. We also included some larger “teen” size chairs for the comfort of our taller students.

It is imperative to us that the school environment is a place where learning can occur. The renovations undertaken also relates to the School Self Evaluation Guidelines from the Inspectorate of the DES (2012) where an emphasis is placed on the ‘Pupils’ Learning Experiences and learning environment’.

The Board of Management are satisfied with the results but wish to highlight that this work is only cosmetic and does not negate the underlying problems with the building.

We continue to lobby the DES for a new school building with your support.

Yours Sincerely,

Marianne Brady

Secretary to the BOM

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