Minister of State Sean Sherlock, TD was on hand today to officially open the extension to Glantane National School. Bishop of Cloyne, Most Rev. William Crean was also in attendance to bless the new extension.
The North Cork School has expanded by five additional mainstream classrooms to cater for the increasing needs of its pupils. The project which cost in excess of €500,000 was funded by the Department of Education & Skills and significant matching funding by the local community.
Officiating at the officially opening, Chairman of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District of Cork County Council and local Cllr. John Paul O Shea (Ind) said “this is a very important day for the pupils and staff of Glantane National School. The Board of Management, of which I am delighted to be a member of, has been liaising diligently with the Department of Education & Skills for a number of years in order to secure the appropriate funding to proceed with this much needed extension. Today, we can see the fruits of that labour with five new wonderful, bright and spacious classrooms at our disposal which was indeed warranted for the future education of the pupils of Glantane National School”.
Glantane National School caters for 145 pupils under the guidance of Principal Eamonn O’ Sullivan. Mr. O’ Sullivan is supported by the Vice Principal Mrs. Bríd Ryan, seven other teaching staff, four Special Needs Assistants. The school is also supported by a secretary and a caretaker. Glantane National School is a Catholic primary school which strives to provide a well ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of all the pupils are identified and addressed in partnership with parents/guardians and the support of the wider community.
Cllr. O’ Shea added “Before we had these beautiful new classrooms, the children of the school were being taught in a number of prefabs which were located around the school ground. Today, Glantane NS is prefab free and we aim to keep it that way! I want to thank all those involved in the development of the new building; to those involved in the planning, funding application, and tendering process right through to the high level of finish in the completed new building. I also want to pay a special tribute to the community and catchment area around Glantane NS who have supported this extension financially and continue to support the school in so many ways”.