CARRIGANIMA National School outside Macroom has opened two special education rooms.
Minister Michael Creed cut the ribbon and was joined by Fr Wickham, chairman of the board of management, staff members, Patsy Dineen, Seán Newman, Lavinia Lynch, Kay McDonagh and Aindrias Moynihan TD, Cllrs Michael Creed, Ted Lucey, and Gobnait Moynihan.
Parents and pupils, past, present and future, neighbours and friends, along with parents’ association and board of management members were all out in force.
Minister Creed congratulated the school on the addition of the two purpose-built rooms. He was delighted all the stakeholders associated with the school came together to deliver the project so successfully.
Deputy Aindrias Moynihan noted the ambition and drive of small schools to undertake such projects.
Fr Wickham blessed the room and he wished staff and pupils continued success in their school. Seán Newman thanked all the invited guests for attending and also gave a big ‘thank you’ to the builder Tim McSweeney for finishing off the rooms to such a high standard. He thanked the moard of management and parents’ association for all their support.
Principal Patsy Dineen commented on the use of old school footage taken in Carriganima National School used in the recent RTÉ Micko documentary. She talked about the differences and similarities to the school since then, the building additions to the school, the car park, playing field, the increase in staff to three full-time teachers, one full-time SNA and one part-time SNA. Pupils with special educational needs are valued in the school and have a new comfortable learning environment, the principal said.