Today is a day of celebration for our Community. It will have moments to pause and reflect on the past and moments to dream and hope for the future. This day is a fitting celebration of our community spirit.
In September 2012 our new sixteen classroom school was opened. Two years later in September 2014 another eight classrooms were added to cater for the growing population. The twenty–four classrooms will serve this community for many years to come and will cater for 565 children next year. Thank you to the various members of the Boards of Management, the Parents’ Associations and the Staff of the school who have worked with me since 2004 in a period that has seen many changes in Enfield and to our school. In particular thank you to Fr. Michael Whittaker and Ms. Anne Maher, the past and present Chairpersons of the Board. Today we celebrate all their work and the Centenary Garden will be a physical reminder of their efforts.
During the course of this year we have been celebrating the Centenary of the 1916 Rising here at the school. Members of the army presented the school with the National Flag on 30th of November 2015. On the 15th of March 2016 we joined with all schools in the country to mark the Centenary and raised the National Flag as part of our celebrations. Today we have the official opening of our Centenary Garden. Thank you to all the teachers who have done so much to make this a special year for the children. The teachers were guided by those who joined me on the Centenary Celebrations committee, Ms. Cashin, Ms. O’Dwyer, Ms. Clinton, Ms. Codd and Ms. Collentine. We are honoured to have the Chairman of Meath Council, Brian Fitzgerald to unveil our bronze proclamation.
Percentage for Art Scheme and Creation of Outdoor Classroom
As part of the building project the Department of Education and Skills made a grant available to the school under the Percentage for Art Scheme. When the building was complete we started a project which promoted art in the school. Over the past year all the children engaged in this process. The final products are visible around the school and the centre piece is the outdoor classroom which is part of our Centenary Garden. Thank you to Fiona Murphy, the artist who worked with the children on this project. Her work will inspire many others in the future. Thank you to those who worked with me on this project.
All the teachers developed the process with Fiona in their classrooms. Ms. Michelle Dunne and Ms. Niamh Ní Fhaogáin contributed in a special way to the project. Thank you to the Per Cent for Art Committee. Lisa Clinton, Andrea Hughes, Grace Mulligan and Eilish Jordan for their support and guidance when working with me. The ideas of all were distilled that allowed the children to create some very special pieces of art work that will raise their spirits each day at the school. Thank you to Cathal Berry for putting everything in place and minding the grounds and to Jill and Roisin in the office for their assistance.
Pride of Place
The third element of the garden is our entry to the Pride of Place School Garden Competition. This has been led by the fourth classes with their teachers Ms. Tuite and Ms. Cashin. Children have been learning about developing a garden and growing in their appreciation of their environment.
Thank you to the parents and the members of the local community for joining with us today on this historical weekend to mark the opening of our Centenary Garden. This space will serve as an Outdoor Learning Space. It will serve as a social area. It will create a space for children to reflect on the past and will be an inspiration to encourage them to reach for their dreams in the future.
Go raibh maith agaibh.
Enda Flynn, Principal