Minister Howlin officially opens new Barntown school
Bishop Brennan wrote a prayer for the newly-built parish school at Barntown, which was officially opened by Minister Brendan Howlin on Friday.
The prayer has been committed to art by local designer and artist Lisa Rossiter. The artwork depicts Jesus in the colours of the school and the children are wearing the local sporting colours of the parish of Glynn/Barntown. Lisa was the colour consultant for the school and advised the project as it progressed to completion.
Speaking at the opening, board chairman Fr John Carroll paid warm tribute to all who had brought the project to completion - the design team, the builders (Mythens), the school community and the wider parish.
'I would like to thank Bishop Brennan (Patron) and Minister Howlin. Both have followed the project closely over the past few years and they have been attentive every step of the way,' said Fr Carroll.
'Particular tribute should also go to Mark and Michael Brazzill who provided expertise and advice to the board as the construction occurred,' he added, 'and Principal Louisa O'Brien went well beyond the call of duty in her attention to the project and her presence throughout.'
Fr Carroll singled out the staff and the parents for their patience down the years and for their tremendous co-operation in the period of transition from the old school to the new.
Tribute was paid to outgoing members of the Board Philomena Roche and Tony Dempsey. Philomena Roche has given 20 years of service to the Board, 'a singular achievement and an act of tremendous generosity."
'At Barntown, we endeavour to provide a holistic education for each child we serve,' said Fr Carroll, 'and we seek to deliver on the great trust you place in us as teachers, staff and board.'
The school will have much to celebrate in the year ahead as it will be launching a new website and a new app, opening a new library and two new pitches.