As the school year draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to update you on our building project and to thank Chairperson of the Parents’ Association Ms. Fiona Burns, the Parents’ Association Committee and the Fundraising Committee for their commitment to the building project and for the variety of fundraising initiatives they embarked on this year.
We set a target of €50,000 to help fund the extending of the junior playground, redeveloping of our school garden and opening a new pedestrian access from Avoca Avenue. To date we have raised €35,000. This is an amazing achievement in such a short space of time. I am attaching for your attention a copy of the breakdown of the funds raised which was very kindly created for me by members of the P.A. Committee. To you, the parents of Carysfort N.S., I extend a huge thank you for your extraordinary generous support of all the fundraising projects held during the past year.
This week last year the Board of Management appointed Renata Murnaghan Architects to design and project manage a five classroom extension to our school. The agreed design was submitted to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Planning Department in November 2015 and planning permission was approved in March of this year. Planning permission was also granted for the new pedestrian access from Avoca Avenue. Unfortunately permission to proceed to tender got delayed during the election and wasn’t approved by the Department of Education until mid-May. Therefore we will not be starting the building project as hoped in early July but our new targeted start date is mid October 2016.
Approval has been granted by the Department for one additional prefab for September 1st 2016 to accommodate our extra class. This is now at tender stage and should be in place by August 25th 2016. We have submitted applications for approval for three more prefabs which will be required mid- October onwards to accommodate existing classes when the building work begins. Hopefully if all continues to plan, our five classroom extension should be ready for September 2017.
The widening of the footpath from the school entrance to Carysfort Avenue is due to start in early July. Please note that this project will be funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to whom I extend my gratitude.
So as you can see there are very busy times ahead!
On behalf of the staff of Carysfort National School I thank you once again for your wonderful support and cooperation during the past year and I wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable summer holiday.
Le gach dea mhéin,