Over 60 children from Wicklow Educate Together took an hour out from school to ‘turn the sod’ for their new school. The new school is to be built on the Town Relief Road, near the Rocky Road junction. Fifth and sixth class, along with the Student Council, enjoyed the weather to mark the start of the new 16 class school – a permanent home for the school. Parents and staff attended the celebration too.
The building is part of the Department of Education and Science’s Rapid Build programme so this means our new school will be built in 38 weeks time. The schools Student Council had the honour of turning the first sod, along with Andrew Doyle TD. Andrew Doyle joined the pupils, who he has supported since the school’s infancy, with a shovel in hand. The ground was hard but the determination won through. Andrew Doyle spoke about how WETNS has grown over the years and that the school community deserve a permanent place to call home. He wished everyone well and looks forward to visiting us in our new surroundings.
Principal Sinéad Watson said, “It’s a great day for Wicklow Educate Together and a great day for the families of Wicklow. We will finally have room to take in two junior infant classes a year and will have a wonderfully designed ASD unit.”
There will also be an Early Intervention Pre-school unit opening in September which will have a wonderful area within the new build, including a sensory garden. Wicklow Educate Together plan to move in to the new building by Easter 2016. At present it accommodates over 300 children on The Murrough but the new building will have room for 450 students