Board are asking parents to download and use this template in writing to politicians/ councillors regarding our school building (or lack of!) project.
A Chomhairleoirí agus a Theachtaí Dála Chontae Chill Dara dílse,
Táim ag scríobh chugaibh chun gearán láidir a dhéanamh nár cuireadh foirgneamh scoile buan ar fáil fós do Ghaelscoil na Lochanna i mBaile Coimín cé go bhfuil sí breis agus deich mbliana ar an bhfód agus os cionn 200 páiste cláraithe sa scoil. Iarraim oraibh ár gcás a chur chun tosaigh mar bheart práinne.
Chun an droch-chaoi atá ar chóiríocht na scoile a léiriú, tá sleachta ó alt a foilsíodh sa Wicklow People le déanaí, maraon le litir a sheol Seán Ó Cearnaigh, príomhoide na scoile, chuig an Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna, á seoladh ar aghaidh agam chugaibh. In éineacht leo, tá 4 ghrianghraf – 3 cinn a léiríonn spiorad phobal Ghaelscoil na Lochanna, agus ceann eile a léiríonn droch-chóiríocht na scoile. Ní gá ach breathnú ar an bpictiúr seo d’urlár contúirteach lofa lenár bhfrustrachtas agus ár n-easpa foighne a thuiscint agus sinn fós ag feitheamh le foirgneamh buan.
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Ag tnúth le freagra ar chasadh ríomhphoist, agus ag súil le tiomantas ár gcás a chur chun tosaigh,
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Aguisín 1 Alt a foilsíodh sa Wicklow People Meitheamh June 2017
Gaelscoil na Lochanna – deich mbliana d’aois
Gaelscoil na Lochanna has been one of Blessington’s great success stories. The question is, can it sustain its positive impact given the limitations of its current facilities.
What started up as an idea in the minds of a handful of local parents to offer an all-Irish language education for the young people of the Blessington Lakes area, is now a thriving, high quality school of over 200 pupils on the outskirts of the town.
Ten years on the school is going strong, and this month celebrated the tenth anniversary with an open evening for pupils and families past and present.
The parents of the first 17 children who enrolled in 2006 knew that in the early stages of the school’s development facilities would not be world class and prefabs would be the order of the day. Despite the physical limitations though, the school was able to thrive as it grew from one class to two and so on each year. However, ten years on, and fully enrolled, the time has come to put down roots and find a permanent Gaelscoil home.
“For 11 years now we have put up with no hall, no rain cover between buildings, no where to display Art of children” said Principal Seán Ó Cearnaigh ” On top of this we are having to pour increasing amounts of money into the building to maintain what is already a substandard situation- all the while using €48,000 of hard earned taxpayers money to lease the land, every year.”
“As the school Principal” continued Seán, “I am increasingly frustrated with the ever increasing expectations put on our teachers to deliver better and better education and more and more improvements- while working in substandard and declining work conditions. Táim ag samhlú an méid go bhféadfaimis a chur i gcrích dona páistí anseo leis an bhfoirgneamh ceart atá toilte acu.
I am imagining what we could achieve for our páistí here given the proper building they deserve.”
“The current site is suffering from the effects of its own success really,” says Ruairí Ó hAilín, Cathaoirleach Bord Bainistíochta (Chairman of the Board of Management) “in that the site is overly car dependent and the building facilities are beginning to show their age. To continue to thrive, a new site needs to be found nearer the center of Blessington and therein lies the key problem – how to coordinate the efforts of Wicklow County Council, Kildare County Council and the Department of Education and Skills.”
“As we move forward to the next stage of this story we are both anxious and hopeful. The quality of local children’s education, as well as the future of the language and associated culture in this area, are dependent on the decision-makers and powers that be to act decisively and fast, and find us our permanent home for the next 10, 20 years and beyond. These kinds of investments – based on proven track records – are the least our children deserve.”
After many years of unproductive phone calls to the Department of Education they explained there were many other higher priority cases being handled and that no date had been fixed for the meeting between the department of education and Kildare County Council.
The school have informed the department that they are unhappy with the slow, slow and continuously slow progress for our school and that the school community would be commencing a campaign to hasten the process of our school building.
“The prefabs we are in now are showing too many signs of wear and tear for us to accept the situation as it stands and generations of children are passing through our system missing out on the opportunities they should be entitled to and afforded to other children in Blessington,” continued Seán Ó Cearnaigh- Tá meath ag teacht ar chaoi na seomraí réamhdhéanta le tamaill anuas agus tá glúin i ndiaidh glúine ag cailliúnt amach ar dheiseanna a bhíonn ag páistí eile sa cheantar seo.”
Please see a current photo attached of water damage in the floor of one our prefab classrooms.
It is disgraceful that children and teachers are expected to work in rooms like this. There is real danger of floor collapse in this building.
Apart from this emergency situation, there are other rooms where temperature in winter was recorded at 9 degrees celsius. These days (May, June) the temperature in hot weather in unbearable. This has been our experience year in and year out in these prefabs.
We are rightfully angry at this situation and are urging all our public representatives to push our case forward so at least we can see an end in sight- a date for a building, a hope for something better.
“Prefabs were a temporary accommodation solution and not satisfactory 10 years on” says Seán O Cearnaigh “The Board is looking forward to celebrating 10 years of being in existence. It is a matter of concern, however, that is there is no sign of a new building – the pre-fabricated buildings that we have are falling into disrepair, and the end of the lease is fast approaching. The school community is, therefore, being asked for its support to campaign for a permanent building.”