The official opening of the new extension to Mount Bruis N.S. took place recently and was attended by a large gathering of people including past teachers, past pupils, parents, grand-parents, members of the B.O.M., members of the Parent's Association and friends of the school
The patron of the school Archbishop Clifford cut the ribbon to officially open the extension. In the course of his address he paid tribute to the local community and the B.O.M. for the wonderful effort they had put into this project. "The extension is a credit to their vision and hard work," said Archbishop Clifford.
Nora Greene, School Principal, gave a full account of the actual project. "There were many headaches and heartaches, cut-backs and setbacks along the way," she said. "But it was all worthwhile as we now have a state-of-the-art teaching facility, fully equipped and ready to go."
The new extension includes three new classrooms with storage and toilet facilities. All classrooms now have laptops and interactive whiteboards. The existing school is now refurbished to include a classroom, learning support room, secretary's office staff room, Principal's office, staff toilet, P.E. storage room and disability facilities.
"For the first time ever we now have dressing rooms for the boys and girls. We are very proud of our new extended and resurfaced sportsfield and extended play area for P.E. activities and free play," said Principal Greene who also thanked the staff, parents and children for their patience and understanding while the building project was in progress. Ms Greene also thanked the B.O.M. and parent's association for all their work in getting the building completed and paid special tribute to local T.D.'s. who made representations on behalf of the school to the Department of Education and Skills, as well as a special tribute to the Chairperson of the B.O.M., Fr. John Egan for his tenacity in sticking with the project.
Fr. Egan stated "Today a child is born and that child is the brand new Mount Bruis N.S." "Today the torch is being passed to a new generation of Mount Bruis students and Mount Bruis as you know has been a centre of excellence and high achievement over the years". He paid tribute to the wonderful teachers who had maintained very high standards, with very little facilities and comforts. All they had was chalk and a blackboard. They loved the job, used their common sense, and their own imagination and produced great results. "The greatest resources we can have in any school are the people who work there – the teachers and the children, and of course hand in hand with the children go the parents. They are the hub and centre of any school – teachers, children and parents, all working together and supporting one another for the benefit of all especially the children." He paid special tribute to the staff and secretary of the school. He also paid special tribute to
Nora Greene (Principal) and the B.O.M. for the hard work and dedication that was put into this project.
Earlier in the day a celebratory Mass for the children, staff and parents of the school was said by Fr. John Egan. The children took an active part in the celebration of the Mass, participating in readings, prayers of the faithful, procession of gifts and commentaries. Noreen Aherne accompanied the school choir on guitar and the Parent's Association provided refreshments for the children on the day.