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Preparations gather pace for Ashbourne’s new coláiste

Tuesday, 1st July, 2014 4:21pm

Story by Noelle Finegan
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Preparations gather pace for Ashbourne’s new coláiste

A group of students, staff and parents survey the building work at the new school site in Ashbourne.

Preparations gather pace for Ashbourne’s new coláiste

A group of students, staff and parents survey the building work at the new school site in Ashbourne.

Building work has commenced on the construction of temporary accommodation for Ashbourne’s new secondary school, Coláiste de Lacy, which is due to open at the end of August.
Coláiste De Lacy is a brand new, co-educational, post-primary school which will be run under the patronage of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB).
Work on the temporary accommodation is on schedule and the school is preparing to welcome staff and students for the school’s first year.
The school will open in temporary accommodation at the end of August but will move into a state-of-the-art building during 2015.
Coláiste De Lacy is the first school to be allocated the new and improved school building specifications with larger classrooms to facilitate innovative learning activities. The permanent building will be built in two phases.
Principal of Coláiste De Lacy, Janice Corrigan, said she is “delighted with the building progress to date and is really looking forward to welcoming the first students into Coláiste De Lacy in August”.
Other preparations are also well underway concerning the school curriculum, uniform, the development of a new school website and student iPads.
Ms Corrigan has also been busy recruiting the first teachers and a school secretary for Coláiste De Lacy.
“Our foireann (team) is growing and we are continuing to recruit so that we have the best staff on hand to welcome our new students,” she added.
“The students of Coláiste De Lacy will enjoy the highest standards of teaching and learning and an extensive curriculum.”
She said the new staff had an opportunity to visit the site and to meet with some parents and students llast week in Ashbourne.

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