Calls for New Primary School In Borrisoleigh

“All we are saying is give our Borrisoleigh children a chance for the best possible start in life”

There have been calls made for a new primary school for Borrisoleigh due to the fact that the existing school is divided in two by a road. The former Girls National School and Boys National School, which were on opposite sides of the road, were amalgamated into Scoil Naomh Cualán. The school is now divided by the L3602 road. An information leaflet has been circulated to all parents urging them to bring attention to the issue to political canvassers over the coming weeks.

 

Scoil Naomh Cualán in Borrisoleigh is divided by a busy road

Scoil Naomh Cualán in Borrisoleigh is divided by a busy road. Junior classes up to 2nd class attend the school building on the left of the photo. Classes from 3rd Class up attend the school building on the right of the photo.

  • Health and Safety: A busy road divides our school and playground in half!
  • Assembly space and playgrounds were constructed for a much smaller school population. We are a growing school community!
  • School hall badly needed! (Remember our Christmas concerts, practices and book- launch evening!)
  •  Maintenance of two buildings on a single grant results in paying on the double for many essential items and services e.g. phone lines, electricity /water, boilers, photocopiers, computers, art/ science/music/cookery equipment etc.
  • Communication: Pupilsshould be able to meet all their friends and siblings in the school every day. Teachers and staff need to meet centrally on a daily basis for planning, co- ordination and development.
  • Special Needs Students need proper facilities and siblings of pupils should not have to travel elsewhere for their education!
  • Bi-location of staff members, in particular school principal and SNA’s, is unacceptable in terms of meeting the needs of pupils and staff.
  • Bad weather severely hampers movement of pupils and staff between school buildings for essential activities.
  • We do not need to purchase a site as the existing site of former GNS is large enough to accommodate all our current and future needs.
scoil naomh cualan new school borrisoleigh
We have played our part and brought our schools together. It is now time for the DES to honour promises made by the inspectorate over many years and provide a ‘State-of-the Art’ facility for our community.
Our children deserve nothing less!
Aerial view from Google Earth showing how Scoil Naomh Cualán in Borrisoleigh is divided by a road

Aerial view from Google Earth showing how Scoil Naomh Cualán in Borrisoleigh is divided by a road

Rationale For New Primary School In Borrisoleigh
An enhanced standard of education is absolutely essential for the rural based Tipperary school children. Tipperary County is an “Economic Backwater” where there has been a remarkable lack of inward investment for years. There has been very little industrial investment to replace such high profile closures as Silvermines, Thurles Sugar Factory, Erin Foods, Phoenix Yarns, Castle Brand, Antigen, scaled-down Bacon and Meat Factories in Roscrea. This list is not exhaustive. (Addendum to list: Announcement in January 2016 of imminent closure of C&C Gleeson BORRISOLEIGH in July with the associated loss of 120 jobs.)
Most Third Level students from Tipperary will have to pursue their studies outside the county in one of our major cities. The associated expenses will average between €10,000 and €12,000 per year of study on top of the present €3,000 “Registration Charge”. The national debate fixation on the Third Level “Fees Aspect” fails to recognize the much more onerous subsistence costs which are an additional serious burden on rural families with the funding of education costs. Consequently, it is imperative that Tipperary Third Level Students maximize their educational opportunity in accessing college places in order to secure the optimum qualifications to secure gainful employment outside the county after graduation. Hence, we must give our primary students the best possible start as the essential platform to a successful transitional pathway into Second Level and onwards into Third Level Education.
There has been substantial Government expenditure incurred on the development of “State of the Art” facilities in the Primary and Secondary School sectors in our neighbouring towns such as Thurles, Templemore, Roscrea and Nenagh. These towns have also been the beneficiaries of modern Libraries, Parks, Hospitals / Health Clinics, Day Care Centres, Fire Stations, Cycling Lanes / Athletic Tracks / All-Weather Sports Playing Fields and ‘State of the Art’ Swimming Pools concomitant with the substantial new school facilities mentioned below.
Furthermore, instead of receiving parity in public expenditure Borrisoleigh has, in effect, witnessed regressive cuts in expenditure with the closure of its library and the withdrawal of the resident Garda Officer. It also has lost AIB, BOI and Credit Union sub-offices.
Borrisoleigh is the “Forgotten Poor Relation “with regard to public investment / expenditure. It is indeed evident from the above that it compares very poorly with the aforementioned towns. Unfortunately, Borrisoleigh voters have hitherto been taken for granted by previous administrations. All Government ministers and public representatives of all political parties must share in the blame for this underinvestment and are, indeed, guilty of being negligent / passive with regard to serving the needs of the Borrisoleigh community.They had a duty and collective responsibility in this regard which sadly was not fulfilled.
The politicians now have an opportunity to address these former failures and rectify the situation with an appropriate level of investment to provide the same resources for Borrisoleigh as enjoyed by other Tipperary towns.
They can kick-start this initiative by addressing and correcting the obvious imbalance already highlighted above by providing Borrisoleigh with a new and properly-resourced primary school.
“IT IS NOW BORRISOLEIGH’S TURN FOR EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT”
The enhancement of primary education in Borrisoleigh can be achieved by the construction of a “State of the Art” new school. We have our own site available for this development. The time has arrived for the Government and public representatives to deliver this essential project to the Borrisoleigh community.
Below is the “Schedule of Room Provision in a New School” in a nearby town which was constructed in the last decade. This is an Exemplar of what is required for Borrisoleigh.
(Constructed between 2006 and 2008)
ROOM 1 STAIRWAY 1
ROOM 2 ESB ROOM
ROOM 3 CLEANER’S STORE 1 ROOM 4 TEACHER’S ROOM
ROOM 5 SPECIAL EDUCATION TUITION ROOM
ROOM 6 ADMINISTRATION OFFICE/ PHOTOCOPY AREAS
ROOM 7 ENTRANCE LOBBY
ROOM 8 DISABLED WC
ROOM 9 SERVERY (counter, service hatch, or room from which meals are
served.)
ROOM 10 EXTERNAL STORE
ROOM 11 GENERAL PURPOSE ROOM
ROOM 12 BOILER ROOM
ROOM 13 GP (General Purpose) STORE
ROOM 14 MALE WC
ROOM 15 FEMALE WC
ROOM 16 STAIRWAY 2
ROOM 17 LOBBY
ROOM 18 PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE
ROOM 19 CLASSROOM 4 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 20 CLASSROOM 3 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 21 CLASSROOM 2 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 22 CLASSROOM 1 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 23 CIRCULATION SPACE
ROOM 24 CIRCULATION SPACE
ROOM 25 STAIRWAY 3
ROOM 26 CLEANER’S STORE 2
ROOM 27 LIBRARY AND RESOURCE AREA
ROOM 28 EXTRA RESOURCE AREA
ROOM 29 GP (General Purpose) STORE
ROOM 30 ELEVATOR
ROOM 31 DISABLED ACCESS SHOWER ROOM
ROOM 32 STAIRWAY 3
ROOM 33 MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM
ROOM 34 CLASSROOM 8 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 35 CLASSROOM 7 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 36 CLASSROOM 6 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 37 CLASSROOM 5 / IT AREA INCLUDED
ROOM 38 CIRCULATION SPACE
ROOM 39 CIRCULATION SPACE
OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDED : ALL -WEATHER PLAYING AREAS – GYMNASIUM, STAGE, MUSIC ROOM, ART ROOM, ICT ROOM, MEDITATION/PRAYER ROOM
PROVISION OF SAFE PEDESTRIAN /CAR – ACCESS AND PARKING FACILITIES

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