The extension to the North Kildare Educate Together national school in Celbridge was officially started on 2 April.
Children at the school have been invited to place their dreams and wishes for the new school in the foundations of the building before construction begins on the eight room extension.
Twenty years on from the opening of the school -at the time the first multi-denominational co-educational school in County Kildare- the planned extension has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills and its development has been overseen by the National Development Finance Authority (NDFA) who are acting as procuring and delivery agent to the Department.
Principal Rita Galvin said the school will now become two-stream and will expand on a gradual basis with the addition one new class per year over the next 8 years, bringing the number of children attending up from 240 to 470. “We are delighted that the construction of our extension is beginning and that we will soon be in a position to offer more places to parents of children who wish to opt for Multi-denominational Co-education for their children” said Ms. Galvin.
The extension will be a two-storey construction due due to be completed by January 2015.
The new buildings will also include learning support rooms, and a new staff room for teachers and special needs assistants.
Ms. Galvin said the growth of the multi- denominational co-education sector in Ireland is a really positive development.
The ceremony attendance included Paul Rowe, chairperson of the national Educate Together body, Aisling Gallagher, Chairperson of the Executive Committee, and Michael Costello, Chairperson of the Board of Management.