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Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan

An update from the Principal / Nóta nua ón Phríomhoide

Ar dtús báire, ba mhaith liom buíochas mór ó chroí a ghábháil libh as ucht bhur bhflaithiúlacht ar na mallaibh leis an Siúlóid Urraithe.  Saothraíodh méid iontach - £1230! An méid is mó go dtí seo, rud a léiríonn fás in uimhreacha na scoile agus spiorad speisialta i gcomhphobal na scoile.

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your amazing generosity to our recent Sponsored Walk, which raised a fabulous £1230 - the largest amount we've ever raised. This reflects both the growing numbers of pupils and the amazing Community Spirit which supports our school.

Many of you will remember that in the Spring Term earlier this year we had plans drawn up for an extension to the school. These plans were created by the Educational Authority's Architectural Department, following an application by ourselves and a subsequent scoping visit, where they recognised the shortfall in the accommodation needs of our school. The plans were then submitted to the Department of Education and we were all quite hopeful that they would soon proceed to the building stage. However, in late August, I received news that our plans were not being taking into account by the Department, ostensibly because there is no Minister in post to take such a decision. Since then, the school governors and I have phoned, emailed and sought meetings with various representatives of the EA and DENI to try and highlight the increasing need for our accommodation requirements to be addressed. We have a successful school that has grown greatly in a relatively short time, but the Department for Education and the EA are now discriminating against our students by not agreeing to our extension plans.

We will be closing the school early on Friday 27th October at 11 am to facilitate a meeting between representatives of the EA, Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, the Governors and myself. We hope to be able to walk them through the school and show them exactly how it falls short of our pupils' requirements and entitlements. As part of our campaign, I have drafted a petition, which I hope you will sign this week (in the mornings or after school) to highlight the support of the school's parents for our endeavours to improve the provision for all our pupils.

Go raibh céad maith agaibh,


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Achainí / Petition (October 2017)

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We, the undersigned parents and staff of Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche wish to highlight the Priority 1 Health & Safety Issues which affect our school due to the current limitations of our accommodation. These include:-

  • Inadequate toileting provision for staff and pupils
  • Increased risks of falls during PE / play time if yard is wet
  • Lack of appropriately – sized classrooms
  • Lack of a hall suitable for indoor play.


Upcoming Events...

Friday, 17th November 2017
Cuairt chun na Leabharlainne (R6/7)
Children In Need - Lá Pitseámaí - Annual Pyjama Day (Pupils are invited to come to school in their onesies/pyjamas and are asked to kindly donate £1 per pupil/family (whatever you can manage) to Children In Need. )
Tuesday, 21st November 2017
Ceardlann Raidió (le Louise Smith (seal ag gach rang))
Thursday, 30th November 2017
Ceardlann Drumadóireachta / Drumming Workshops (le Aidan Milligan)