Here is an update regarding the reopening dates and times of various services for the 2014-2015 school year:
- Gaelscoil Philip Barún will reopen for classes on Friday, 29 August 2014 at 9:00am.
- The Naíonra will reopen on Monday, 1 September 2014.
- The school office will open from 9:00am to 12:00pm from Monday, 25 August 2014.
The Book Lists for the 2014-2015 school year (for Junior Infants – 6th class) are now available here.
The Parents Association at Gaelscoil Philib Barún wishes to acknowledge the generosity and support of all the local businesses that sponsored our recent Food & Wine Evening at the Coast Guard Station in Tramore, including:
We are also truly grateful to all those who attended the event (and for those who supported it in other ways) and would like to especially thank Marc Blackett and Jim Heylin (Parents Association) for their incredible efforts while organising the event this year.
We hope to do it all over again next year!
Interesting if not Successful Trip to Dáil.
Sixth class attended Dail Éireann yesterday to witness Minister of State Ciarán Cannon’s reply to Deputy John Halligan. According to the Minister of State there are in fact two building lists one being built and another which the DES has not decided to build but might build. We are unfortunately on the latter. The full reply can be accessed here.
The pupils were hosted by John Halligan TD who walked them around the building and also posing for a photograph and getting them each a drink. The trip had begun at 6:30 for everyone up from Tramore. We went on to visit the Natural History Museum and had a tour of the National Art Gallery. The trip was sponsored by the Parents Association.
John Halligan TD (in centre) with 6th class pupils. Beside John Halligan is John Deasy TD who met the party outside the Dáil.
The HSE has asked us to send this letter to parents of pupils in Senior Infants.
The provisional School Holidays calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is now available for your convenience.
The school’s annual soccer league began last week. More than 90 pupils from second to sixth class will participate. Team names have been chosen from the list of teams participating in Spain’s ‘La Liga’. The boys and girls are excited and looking forward to the competition which will run until June and involve 132 fixtures. Details of the league can be accessed here.
The following letter was recently distributed to all parents within the school. The letter was written by the Chairperson of the Parents Association.
I am writing to you in reference to the recent article that was published in the Munster Express on Tuesday 11th of March 2014 that you may have seen. While the context of this article reports largely on Minister Ruairi Quinn’s visit to the newly built secondary school in Tramore “Ard Scoil na Mara”, there is a single line paragraph that has raised some concern with Gaelscoil Philib Barún.
It is suggested that an alternative use for the soon to be vacant Stella Maris School is that it could be offered to a Gaelscoil. This statement has shocked Gael Scoil Philib Barun, simply because we are so far along the road to construction of a permanent building. While the offer of the Stella Maris was investigated last year, it was deemed to be completely unsuitable to the needs of Philib Barun for numerous reasons, some of which include:
- The Stella Maris is an old building that is currently in need of some costly repair to bring back to suitable condition, and being an old building it would constantly need ongoing repair going into the future. The Stella Maris house (originally home to the Gael Scoil) is currently condemned beyond use, yet new occupier would have to assume responsibility for this along with the cost.
- It was built for the purpose of teaching secondary school students. It would therefore require serious modifications to be appropriately used as a primary school and comply with the Department of Education own guidelines on primary schools. It is estimated that the cost of these two issues alone would be of the same region as to build a new school.
- The Stella Maris is not owned by the Department of Education. The building would have to be bought or more likely rented from its owner. This flies in the face of the fact that the land on which the Gael Scoil currently occupies is owned by the Department of Education, and was purchased at the time with the focus to build a permanent building on it. This 30 year journey is now at the tender stage, having spent hundreds of thousands Euros already to get to the tender stage with planning permission approval.
These reasons and more were reported back to the Department of Education last year and we were convinced at the time that the Stella Maris option was a non-runner for the Gaelscoil. However current media reports suggest that this is not the case and that there is an alternative agenda within the Department of Education regarding Gaelscoil Philib Barún quest for a permanent building. We would like parents to be aware of this, particularly when in conversation regarding the Gaelscoil and Stella Maris in the local community.
The latest school newsletter (March 2014) is now available on the Newsletters page.
Following the discovery on Thursday of a structural fault in the prefab currently accommodating 6th class, repairs were carried out on Friday. Following an inspection by a competent professional the problem has been adequately dealt with. Muinteoir Ben’s 6th class will return to their room tomorrow Monday.
Ongoing work will continue to ensure that water cannot further ingress. The Board of Management have written to the Department of Education & Skills stating that the deterioration in the building makes our inclusion on a building list imperative.