Cork Girls ‘absolutely delighted’ with £8.24m school investment

It was a “historic day” in the history of Christ King Secondary School (CKSS) on Monday, as Taoiseach Micheál Martin paid a visit to announce an investment of 8.4 million euros in the school for girls from South Douglas Road.

The investment includes an extension of the school to provide four new classrooms, two state-of-the-art specialist rooms for graphics and design and graphic communication (DCG), a new art room, a new technology room, a classroom to support students with additional educational needs, as well as the renovation of three existing science labs.

Increased ICT grant funding will also be provided to ensure that the digital quality of the school’s technology suite will be at the forefront of international standards of modern information technology. Photo: Jim Coughlan.

Increased ICT grant funding will also be provided to ensure that the digital quality of the school’s technology suite will be at the forefront of international standards of modern information technology.

CKSS headmaster Richel Long said there were rumors among pupils that the big announcement from the Taoiseach on Monday could be ‘homework’ but there was an atmosphere of excitement and joy among students since it was revealed that it was more of a multimillion-euro investment. in the school premises.

The tender process for the appointment of a design team for the 8.24 million euro extension and renovation project has already started.  Photo: Jim Coughlan.
The tender process for the appointment of a design team for the 8.24 million euro extension and renovation project has already started. Photo: Jim Coughlan.

Principal Long said the school was focused on delivering a broad curriculum for pupils as it was the first girls’ secondary school in Cork to introduce graphic design and the upper DCG cycle into its curriculum. several years ago.

A ‘tech culture’ has been fostered among students at the school, which promises to be further enhanced by the new extension which has now been approved and provided with significant government funding.

She said the €8.24 million investment in the school will provide the infrastructure they need to follow their extensive curriculum, and students studying the subjects that will benefit from the expansion are “absolutely delighted “.

Principal Long said the school was focused on delivering a broad curriculum for pupils as it was the first girls' secondary school in Cork to introduce graphic design and the upper DCG cycle into its curriculum. several years ago.  Photo: Jim Coughlan.
Principal Long said the school was focused on delivering a broad curriculum for pupils as it was the first girls’ secondary school in Cork to introduce graphic design and the upper DCG cycle into its curriculum. several years ago. Photo: Jim Coughlan.

“We will truly be a 21st century building providing the best opportunities for our students and prospective students in a state-of-the-art building that will excite the minds of our students and teachers,” Principal Long said.

“These facilities will be facilities we can be proud of, imaginative, flexible and uplifting facilities where students and colleagues can maximize teaching and learning experiences,” she added.

She also said that adding a classroom to support students with additional educational needs will allow CKSS to ensure that it is inclusive in its admissions policy, and will allow children with educational needs additional living in the area and primary school graduates to transfer to their local. high school.

Pictured singing Amhrán na bhFiann, student Maya Mahon, during the visit of Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD, for the announcement of the investment of 8.24 million euros in Christ King Girls Secondary School.  Photo: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured singing Amhrán na bhFiann, student Maya Mahon, during the visit of Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD, for the announcement of the investment of 8.24 million euros in Christ King Girls Secondary School. Photo: Jim Coughlan.

The tender process for the appointment of a design team for the 8.24 million euro extension and renovation project has already started.

“We hope this is just the beginning of a transformative process for Christ King Girls High School,” Principal Long said.

“I would like to thank the Board of Management for their vision for the future and the Department of Education for their generous allocation,” she added.

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