Construction work began during the Easter break at St John the Baptist Girls School on a classroom extension and upgrade to the heating system.
The number of pupils enrolled in the school has increased significantly over the past five years and there are now just under 300 attending. An extra classroom was added two years ago and now a further classroom is required.
The building project and a fundraising drive were launched at a function in the school recently attended by members of the board of management, staff members, parents and a pupil from each class.
Speaking at the launch, Fr. Jimmy O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Board of Management expressed his delight at the development of the school. He announced that the contract for the building project had been awarded to John Ryan (C) Construction who was also in attendance.
Mary Andrews, principal, outlined the costing involved in the project and that despite generous funding from the Department of Education and Skills a deficit exists. A fundraising committee has been set up and an outline of proposed fundraising activities was displayed. A silver circle draw will run for six weeks until the end of May. Other activities include a coffee morning, a textile recycling collection, a golf- classic and a family fun day. Fr. O’Donnell officially launched the fundraising drive by purchasing the first line in the draw. He thanked everyone for their enthusiastic support.