Three new classrooms were opened last Friday by local TD and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the Citywest Educate Together School.
Since opening in September 2012 the school had been in temporary accommodation but the rapid growth in pupil numbers from a base of 26 children to a current roll of 290 saw a need for a larger, more permanent location.
Citywest Educate Together is now one of the fastest growing schools in the country but the rate of growth will slow down from now as they expect to take another three years to reach their capacity, which is expected to be approx 420 pupils.
Speaking at the opening the Minister congratulated the national school for its rapid expansion and said the open and welcoming ethos of Citywest is an example for others to follow.
As she cut the ribbon Minister Zappone said:
“The energy, commitment and passion of all who attend here is to be admired and applauded – indeed as Minister I will be highlighting your efforts as an example to follow as I travel throughout the country.
“Of course when you embark on a project as big as a new school there are challenges.
“These new state of the art classrooms in your existing building which have been supported by the Government come as architectural planning commences for your new school.
“We all look forward to the day when that 16 class new building is a reality.
“A week ago there was another cause for celebration when Educate Together was named as patron of a new secondary school in Firhouse – and that news has been warmly welcomed there.
Classes are due to start in 2018 with student numbers eventually to reach 1,000.
But I know you too want a similar second level school here and I will bring your message back to my colleague the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton.
However today is one of celebration.
Your new classrooms are an investment in our children’s future and our communities future.
It is a day to be proud of your efforts, to acknowledge the huge journey the school has taken in four short years –and above all to Party!!
“It gives me great pleasure to declare your new classrooms open.”