New school opens doors in Barntown
There was an air of excitement in Barntown National School last Thursday as the new school opened.
The school which has been under construction for less than a year is a new state of the art two storey building located beside the old school.
Principal Louisa O'Brien said seeing the school opened 'was a dream come true'.
She said the 16 classroom school comes complete with gym, resource room, play area, basketball court and garden in addition to a 72 space car park which is accessed via a 'very safe walkway'.
Louisa who has been principal at Barntown NS for the past nine years said it has been a 20 year battle to get the new school.
Although a generic design school Louisa said they have managed to personalise the school particularly with the use of colour both inside and out. The exterior of the school is a striking foxglove while the interior has a very calming colour scheme.
'The children have commented on the choice of colours and really like it', she said.
Louise was fulsome in her praise of Mythen builders saying the contract was finished on time and completed to a very high standard.
The school also has wifi throughout with interactive boards as well.
The old school will now be demolished to pave the way for a new community pitch which will also be used by the school during school times and by the parish at large at other times.
On Thursday morning the staff and students assembled at the old school and the bell was rung there for the final time. Then they walked across to the new school joined by members of the Board of Management and the parent's council.
Louisa said the old school with nine prefabs was a very 'disjointed' building but the new school gives a great sense of community. She also praised everyone who had been involved with moving everything from the old school to the new building.