14 December, 2007 - Minister Hanafin opens new extension to St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon

Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin T.D., today  visited St. Colmcille's Community School in Knocklyon, Dublin to open a new extension to the school.

The new accommodation includes three general classrooms, two special needs classrooms, an art room and a prayer and meditation room. The Department of Education and Science provided over €680,000 for the extension.

Speaking to students, teachers and parents and invited guests today, Minister Hanafin said "I am delighted to be here with you today to share in your celebrations. The extension to this school which now has 700 pupils after opening just seven years ago with 120 pupils, reflects the rapid growth in our school population across the country."
Minister Hanafin also took the opportunity to praise  the students St. Colmcilles for their involvement with charity work and school building projects in Sri ?Lanka.
This year, the Department of Education and Science is planning to provide for an extra 13,000 pupils in schools by next September.

 Paying tribute to the teachers at the school, Minister Hanafin said "it is your hard work and dedication that has made our education system the envy of the developed world.The efforts you make, inside and outside the classroom, and the example that you show the students that go so far to teach them about life as well as about the subjects they study in school. You are the solid bedrock upon which the foundations of a successful future for our young people, and our country, are laid."

St Colmcille's Community School has also achieved Green Flag Status.

Minister Hanafin wished principal, John McKennedy, teachers and staff, students and parents continued success in all of their activities