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Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Féilim 1998

 

In the 1970s and 1980s the Ballinagh community were actively involved in building a new Community Centre (opened 10 May 1978) and also a new Catholic Church (opened 2 July 1978) and the building of a new school wasn’t a priority. During the late 1980s conditions at the school worsened and its location along the side of a busy road became increasingly dangerous for children, parents and through traffic. Efforts to have a new school built took on a new focus. There was a   united effort from teachers, Board of management and parents to push for a new school on a green field site. In February 1994 the parents decided to withdraw their children for one day to highlight the awful conditions. This attracted huge media attention.

The pressure had the desire effect and on the 9 December 1997 the sod was cut for the new school on an elevated green field site in the town land of Corstruce. On the 17 December 1998 the pupils bid farewell to the old school and marched through the town led by local piper Seán Kelly to the new school, which opened for the first time.

 

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Féilim (Opened 17 December 1998)

 

On the 14 January 2000 the new school named St Felim’s National School was officially opened by the then Minister of Education Micheál Martin TD.

On the 23 January 2002 the old school was demolished. A beautiful new housing estate called Village Manor was built in its place.

In March 2005 enrolment numbers increased and an extension comprising of two new classrooms, resource room and staff room were added to the new school.

 

 

Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Féilim (Extension opened 15 March 2005)

 

In September 2011 a Special Needs Unit for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder was opened following an invitation from the local Special Education Needs organiser. This unit know as the ‘Rainbow Room’ operates in the large prefab, which can be seen in the picture above.

In September 2012 another prefab was added to cater for an increased enrolment. This was replaced by a permanent one classroom extension which was opened on 2 September 2013. In August the school was given the go-ahead to build a 2 Class Base ASD Unit with all facilities attached. This project is currently at the planning stage.

                                                                                                                           George Cartwright

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