Official Opening of Our New Extension, B2

Last Friday saw the official opening of Abbey Community College's new school extension. This marks the latest development on the school's Ferrybank site - a site that has offered educational facilities for almost 140 years. The extension is an impressive addition to the school's current building. It provides 3215 square metres of additional space and features a host of extra classrooms, specialised science labs, woodwork and engineering rooms, and an impressive open plan dining facility for students. The extension also incorporates a purpose-built Special Educational Needs Unit.

 The Unveiling

Abbey Community College's students and staff, along with the Chairperson of Kilkenny Carlow ETB, Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh, the Diocesan Administrator, Msgr Ryan, public representatives, and many guests from the broader school community, began the official opening ceremony with a symbolic presentation and liturgy focussing on the importance of shared community. Ms. Detta Cahill, school principal, then welcomed special guest, Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, on to address the school community. The Minister had earlier unveiled a commemorative plaque in the new extension, B2.

(Above Minister Bruton with Principal, Detta Cahill and Deputy Principal, Colm Rice as the Minister unveils the plaque commemorating the Official Opening of B2)

(Blocks used in the liturgy to denote elements of the Abbey's motto "Together Towards Excellence")

 A Musical Celebration

Abbey Community College's students and staff, along with the Chairperson of Kilkenny Carlow ETB, Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh, the Diocesan Administrator, Msgr Ryan, public representatives, and many guests from the broader school community, began the official opening ceremony with a symbolic presentation and liturgy focussing on the importance of shared community. Ms. Detta Cahill, school principal, then welcomed special guest, Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, on to address the school community. The Minister had earlier unveiled a commemorative plaque in the new extension, B2. The founding partners were represented by Sr. Ursula Canavan of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Ms Cynthia Deane, Chief Executive of the ETB. Fr Ray Dempsey blessed the new building and guests were treated to a wonderful display of sound and colour as hundreds of balloons were released from the new outdoor amphitheatre

 

Minister of Education, Richard Bruton addressing an audience of students, staff and invited guests in the hall during the ceremony.

 

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